Smart grid technology makes it possible for producers of alternative energy to create a win-win opportunity. Members of a green energy cooperative would win by reducing energy costs and getting paid for generation virtual peak power to the utility companies. The planet would win from reduced CO2 production.
Ali Keyhani, Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University, has developed a plan to form a green energy co-op to reduce the carbon footprint of regional electric power generation, reduce members' electric bills, and make money selling power to utility companies.
Dr. Keyhani will present his plan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 93 West Weisheimer Road. The presentation is free, and all are welcome.
Membership would be open to purchasers of electric power, including houses of worship, individual home owners, landlords, tenants, and businesses. The co-op would achieve its goals by various means, including bulk purchase of equipment for saving and generating energy, arranging financing, and negotiating with electric utilities to sell peak and off-peak power to them.
Members of the co-op would purchase and install smart grid technology and possibly manage their own virtual smart grid.
Dr. Keyhani was appointed to the Public Utility Power Board Commission (PUC) of Ohio by Governor Ted Strickland from 2008 to 2009. His research focuses on distributed solar and wind generation, and the design and control of micro and smart grids. He is the author of Integration of Green and Renewable Energy in Electric Power Systems and Design of Smart Power Grid Renewable Energy Systems.
To learn more, visit the Columbus Community Solar and Smart Grids Cooperative.