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SXSW Interactive 2016

Disrupt the Grid! The Politics of "Homebrew" Power

Innovations in electricity generation allow Americans to turn their homes and communities into power plants. Technologies like rooftop solar and small-scale hydro and wind let consumers choose where and how their electricity gets made. These distributed resources can also be moneymakers, allowing home generators to sell excess power to their neighbors.

With a focus on the unique structure of the Texas electric market as a case study, this panel discussion will explore the policies necessary to integrate and value these distributed resources, the practical challenges of keeping the lights on while transforming our power system, and how individual choices are changing our energy future.

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  1. How is energy technology creating choice and independence for consumers?
  2. What is holding back "homebrew" power and what policies are necessary to unleash innovation and investment?
  3. What are the implications of "homebrew" power for electricity markets and utilities?



Catrina Rorke, Dir of Energy Policy, R Street Institute

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