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(IS-2014-67) What Happens When we Un-Plug? Exploring the consumer and market implications of viable, off-grid energy supply

The research paper highlights that the National Energy Market is in a state of profound transition, from a centrally planned and controlled market, to one where local generation, storage and local control of power is common-place. How far this transition goes, and how quickly, are the only questions, which remain unanswered. ?The research paper suggests the transition may be quick and dramatic – a shift to cost-effective stand-alone power solutions appears highly plausible by 2020, in a wide range of market segments. The research paper is an addition to public discourse on the transition our energy market is experiencing. It examines various scenarios, using energy and economic modeling, where new and existing communities own and operate their own power supply infrastructure.



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