Good Grids Make Good Neighbors

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It's great to have neighbors you can depend on, whether you're borrowing a cup of sugar or you need someone to walk your dog while you're out of town. In the western Colorado neighborhood of Basalt Vista, the residents are even closer than most: They share their electricity. But unlike your neighbor with the sugar, the residents of Basalt Vista may not even know when they're being generous. The energy exchanges happen automatically, behind the scenes. What residents do know is how inexpensive, reliable, and renewable their electricity is.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)38-43
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Spectrum
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2020

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-78521


  • autonomous energy grids
  • distribution systems
  • microgrids


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