Update on NRG Home Power System

In my last post on energy giant NRG’s plan to make US households self-sufficient in electricity, I noted that it was not clear whether the company intended to use battery systems in its PV/natural gas generating systems.

This story from the Rocky Mountain Institute indicates that NRG will be using batteries in its new systems, designed to revolutionize the electrical system in the US.

As Crane [NRG’s CEO] put it during the MIT Energy Conference last month: “The individual homeowner should be able to tie a machine to their natural gas line and tie that with solar on the roof and suddenly they can say to the transmission-distribution company, ‘Disconnect that line.’” And to add another option to their menu of utility-free offerings, just last week NRG announced plans to soon release a “solar pergola” with battery backup. If Crane’s vision—of customers literally pulling the plug with their traditional utility—comes to fruition it could mean the end of the electric utility industry as we know it.

One thought on “Update on NRG Home Power System

  1. “…it could mean the end of the electric utility industry as we know it.”

    Sweet! But how many folks “know” the utility industry the way we “know” the utility industry?

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