January 17, 2015
By Jeremy Brecher
Like it or not, Connecticut’s electrical system is entering a new era. The technology, ownership, and regulation of the electrical system on which we all depend has long been based on a one-way flow of energy from central generating stations powered by fossil fuels and nuclear reactors to consumers around the state. But that model has become obsolete in the face of new possibilities for highly efficient forms of networked, consumer- and community-controlled, renewable energy generation, distribution, and efficiency, and of new problems like climate change and energy insecurity.