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Resolving the Grid

Energy is the basis of everything progressive.

Before there was a grid there was no grid and in these pre-grid times rural communities were able to survive through systems of semi-autarchy supplemented by local interdependence; this is an extrapolation of that model, that model redefined and retro-fitted with intelligent technologies, as the alternative to our existing, excessive infrastructure and the further fine-tuning of burning carbon-based fuels and burying spent fuel cells. This reconfiguration may seem more expensive today, however, if we are to progress, we must do now for tomorrow.

In a concentrated metropolis the grid makes sense, in borrowing from computer jargon we can speak of a MAN, a Metropolitan Area Network. Within the MAN the grid is maintained.

In suburban and rural conditions the top-down grid is a waste of resources, the materials that it is made of, the energy wasted along the way. Here a NEN is configured, a Nodal Energy Network:

a system of high-density nodal suburban communities, sustainable live/work agrarian communities.

A NEN is facilitated by the Local Energy Infrastructure or LEI.

In referring to the old, pre-grid model an alternative is given to the energy industry.

A hypothesis:

We are all able to generate our own electricity.

if so:

Q: What will the role of the energy company be?
A: The energy company, a basic utility, should be guided by the best interests of society, not by profit margins. It should manage the grid and give it its form, and be as compatible as possible to this new form of micro-scale energy production, storage and distribution.

Pieter de Bruyn Kops – Ecologies of Architecture and Urbanism – Amsterdam, March, 2009