RMI – Microgrids, Resilience, History

Several recent blog posts from Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) highlight the resilience of energy systems based on decentralized “microgrid” electricity generation and thereby the increased resilience of all other systems that depend on electricity. They also provide a good collection of links to resources on the topic.

Not mentioned in these posts, however, is that the 1982 book (republished in 2001), Brittle Power: Energy Strategy for National Security (download here) by RMI founders Amory and Hunter Lovins, is one of the earliest translations of ecological resilience theory into a practical public policy perspective. Chapter thirteen, “Designing for Resilience,” provides an interesting early exploration of resilience theory as an argument for decentralized energy production on environmental and security grounds.

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