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Microgeneration

  • By: Bill Kte'pi
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

In some areas, people may stay connected to the power grid but only draw from the grid when their alternate means are insufficient. Public utilities charge the microgeneration buildings for the energy used.

Microgeneration is the generation of heat and power on a small scale to suit the needs of small communities, businesses, or residences. Typically, this approach contributes to a lower carbon footprint and less environmental impact by relying more heavily on alternate energy sources like solar cells, wind turbines, and hydroelectric power. The specifics of microgeneration vary greatly from locale to locale. For instance, in the urbanized developed world, a residence or business may keep its connection to the traditional power grid but operate some alternate means of power generation, so that it is ...

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