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German, U.S. Home Energy Storage Incentives Offer Divergent Visions for the Smart Grid


German U S Home Energy Storage Incentives Offer Divergent Visions for the Smart Grid Plugged In Scientific American Blog Network

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The difference between Germany’s energy-independence rate structure and the U.S. grid-centric structure is subtle yet in many ways decisive. Germany’s utility tariffs incentivize a home to minimize its interaction with the wider grid, encouraging a system where individual homes can more-easily operate independently. The U.S. rates incentivize more economic reliance on the grid both to store cheap nighttime energy and sell extra solar energy.

The distinction between these rates illustrates divergent visions for the future smart grid: one that prefers energy independence versus one that prefers reliance on the central grid. Which is preferable? The short answer is: it depends. It will certainly be interesting to see how smart grids develop over the coming years.

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Independence vs dependence on the grid seems like a big difference, actually.

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