It’s not science fiction, but it sounds like it. The “smart” power grid and the virtual power plants that are being developed to dispatch and manage the flow of electricity into our communities are the avant-garde of an energy revolution.
Like many urban centers, Washington has low-income residents, many seeking good jobs. African American–owned WDC Solar is giving all of them a boost by installing solar panels at no cost to residents and training young men and women in solar installation and maintenance skills. Owner Mark Davis says, “WDC Solar is focused on installing solar primarily in low-income communities.” And
The coal and oil industries may have fewer jobs than in the past, but the sun is smiling on the renewable energy industry. Solar, wind and other renewable energy companies are staffing up at all levels as demand for workers increases.
Electric cars such as this Tesla Roadster could soon make up most of the traffic on city streets by 2030. (© AP Images) City streets could sound a lot different in the near future, as the roar of internal combustion engines is replaced with the hum of electric vehicles. Up to two-thirds of all cars in Chicago, Singapore and London
This year, Apple applied to sell excess electricity from new renewable energy installations. Google, Amazon and Walmart started similar programs.