Headline July 03, 2016/ ''' THE UNITED STATES.-*AIMS*- FOR FREE ENERGY '''



SO FEW  *PAKISTANI PANDORA'S* ,  both history and records tell me, have demanded and received as much national attention, as the ever growing rise of  *Operational Energy Shortage*.

JURY will always remain  Out  on its impact : suffering, loss of productivity, unrest, poverty creation, and an on-setting of  a type of paralysis, that brings in utter depressions and desperation.  

The Pakistani nation, I dare confess, has aided to this state by past complacency, nonchalance, and by total disregard in  skirting laws and rights. 

In context of competing economic priorities and demands, the prevailing darkness was but inevitable. 

So  is this scenario, in the making, for the entire Developing World. Delays, snafus, frustrations are likely to lead every emotional offensive.     

AT THE VERY FIRST GLANCE - Anthony and Venesa Genau's home in a subdivision beneath the San Gabriel Mountain here is like-

Any other gracious new suburban dwelling, with the open-plan living space, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

But, along with 19 other cream, taupe and rust stucco houses that cradle the landscaped playgrounds here, it is actually something else: a large scale testing ground for an energy system of the very near future.

With a combination of rooftop solar panels, smart thermostats, advanced water heaters and other high efficiency features, the homes are all built with a similar goal : to make at least as much energy as they use over a year.

It is a concept known as zero net energy, and the luster of homes here represents one of the largest experiments in the United States to see if zero net energy can be put into wider use.

''It's not  that it cannot be done,'' said Ram Naryanamurthy, technical executive at the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit utility-funded group that is conducting the study:
''The question we are trying to answer is, 'Can be it done for everyone?''

That question has particular urgency in California, which aims to have all new homes be net zero or the equivalent by 2020.

As the price of installing and operating  once-rarefied technologies has plummeted, builders across the country are increasingly offering homes with the promise of comfort along with low  -or almost no electricity bills.

Since 2013,  the Energy Department has certified about 700 homes  as ''zero energy ready,'' meaning that the addition of a renewable energy system, generally solar, would offer most or all of its annual energy consumption.

with thousands more in the pipeline, said Sam Rashkin, chief architect of the building technologies office, the department expects to certify roughly 1,000 this year and 3,000 in 2017.

''We're on that inflection point on the growth curve,'' he said. ''We're proving the business case to a growing number of builders in key pockets of construction around the country.

It takes some really very good examples by leading builders to showcase just how  cost-effective  and technically achievable these specifications are.'' 

Denver is a leading market, with thousands of  zero-energy homes on the way in developments like Stapleton and Sterling ranch, he said, although there are many others in New England, New York and the Carolinas

Developers of  low-income  housing, including Habitat for Humanity, are also active for building the homes. Although the efficiency features can be more costly, they are often offset by energy savings and other economies.

The proliferation of  zero-energy homes comes as the power industry and its regulators struggle to adapt an old power system   -in which large, centralized power plants distribute energy to thousands of home  -to new approaches and technologies.

The explosive growth of rooftop solar in states like Hawaii, Arizona and California has upended not only utility business models but also patterns of supply and demand.. 

Solar power, by its nature, is intermittent, which places strains on utilities and grid operators that need to meet homeowners' energy demands at night, while also taking in the excess energy  rooftop solar systems produce, during daylight hours.

Although the proportions of homes with solar is not yet high enough in most markets to cause major problems, industry executives and analysts say it is important to begin studying-

*How that and other technologies effect the nation's power grid now*. And I wonder if the Developing World has any bench mark on that. 

The Honour and Serving of the  ''Operational Research on Technologies and Life and Living''  continues. Thank Ya all for reading and sharing forward. And see you on the following one:

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