Sustainable Energy

Clean Power

Renewable Energy

Clean Power entails the use of energy that has little to no carbon dioxide or methane emissions.  Renewable energy sources include photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, ocean, and hydropower.

Resilient Power

Microgrids

A microgrid is a smaller version of the electrical power grid which provides electricity to the whole country. This interconnected national system has energy inputs of all types, integrated controls and complicated economics.

Sustainable energy is a broad term. It accounts for all renewable energy sources, the mindset of using electricity wisely, and the creation of electrical systems that can be continually used in the present without damaging their future. In terms of WeAct, we address this topic from two perspectives: clean power and resilient power. Together, these two categories identify an important intersection of sustainable sourcing and sustainable infrastructure. 

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: CLEAN & RESILIENT

CLEAN POWER

OUR COMMITMENT

WeAct is committed to an overarching goal of 100% use of renewable “clean power” for the town of Windsor. Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with these gases, resulting in atmospheric warming which produces devastating impacts such as extreme storms, wildfires, drought, sea level rise, and species extinction.

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EDUCATION & ALLIANCE

It is necessary to educate our local population as to the need for safe, reliable, and environmentally sound energy alternatives through neighborhood emergency preparedness projects. It is our goal to affiliate with other like-minded organizations including the Climate Center, Transition US (WeAct is a certified member), and Daily Acts.

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TAKING

ACTION

WeAct wil support Windsor in its implementation of the Climate Emergency Resolution adopted in 2019 through active support of initiatives such as Electric Reach Codes. We will further work towards developing a Clean Power Distribution System that allows critical (and eventually residential) operations to continue off-grid during times of emergency or crisis such as microgrids and battery storage systems.

CLEAN POWER

OUR COMMITMENT

WeAct is committed to an overarching goal of 100% use of renewable “clean power” for the town of Windsor. Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with these gases, resulting in atmospheric warming which produces devastating impacts such as extreme storms, wildfires, drought, sea level rise, and species extinction.

Decorative Lighting

EDUCATION & ALLIANCE

It is necessary to educate our local population as to the need for safe, reliable, and environmentally sound energy alternatives through neighborhood emergency preparedness projects. It is our goal to affiliate with other like-minded organizations including the Climate Center, Transition US (WeAct is a certified member), and Daily Acts.

Sillouette of Wind Turbine

TAKING

ACTION

WeAct wil support Windsor in its implementation of the Climate Emergency Resolution adopted in 2019 through active support of initiatives such as Electric Reach Codes. We will further work towards developing a Clean Power Distribution System that allows critical (and eventually residential) operations to continue off-grid during times of emergency or crisis such as microgrids and battery storage systems.

CLEAN POWER

OUR COMMITMENT

WeAct is committed to an overarching goal of 100% use of renewable “clean power” for the town of Windsor. Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with these gases, resulting in atmospheric warming which produces devastating impacts such as extreme storms, wildfires, drought, sea level rise, and species extinction.

Decorative Lighting

EDUCATION & ALLIANCE

It is necessary to educate our local population as to the need for safe, reliable, and environmentally sound energy alternatives through neighborhood emergency preparedness projects. It is our goal to affiliate with other like-minded organizations including the Climate Center, Transition US (WeAct is a certified member), and Daily Acts.

Sillouette of Wind Turbine

TAKING

ACTION

WeAct wil support Windsor in its implementation of the Climate Emergency Resolution adopted in 2019 through active support of initiatives such as Electric Reach Codes. We will further work towards developing a Clean Power Distribution System that allows critical (and eventually residential) operations to continue off-grid during times of emergency or crisis such as microgrids and battery storage systems.

CLEAN POWER

OUR COMMITMENT

WeAct is committed to an overarching goal of 100% use of renewable “clean power” for the town of Windsor. Human activity is overloading our atmosphere with these gases, resulting in atmospheric warming which produces devastating impacts such as extreme storms, wildfires, drought, sea level rise, and species extinction.

Decorative Lighting

EDUCATION & ALLIANCE

It is necessary to educate our local population as to the need for safe, reliable, and environmentally sound energy alternatives through neighborhood emergency preparedness projects. It is our goal to affiliate with other like-minded organizations including the Climate Center, Transition US (WeAct is a certified member), and Daily Acts.

Sillouette of Wind Turbine

TAKING

ACTION

WeAct wil support Windsor in its implementation of the Climate Emergency Resolution adopted in 2019 through active support of initiatives such as Electric Reach Codes. We will further work towards developing a Clean Power Distribution System that allows critical (and eventually residential) operations to continue off-grid during times of emergency or crisis such as microgrids and battery storage systems.

RESILIENT POWER

DEFINING MICROGRIDS

A microgrid is a smaller version of the electrical power grid which provides electricity to the whole country. This interconnected national system has energy inputs of all types, integrated controls and complicated economics.

A microgrid is a smaller version. It supplies energy to a system within one house, two or more buildings  in a neighborhood or city center or to a whole community. It too, like the multi-state grid,  needs energy supplies, controllers and a pricing system. In addition, unlike the larger national grid, a microgrid, in many cases, uses backup energy storage. 

 

The microgrid can run on any chosen energy source: coal, gasoline, diesel, natural gas, biomass, etc. as well as solar, wind, hydro, etc. Its main advantage is providing local power when the larger system cannot.

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MICROGRID IN ACTION

A microgrid can be set up to automatically and instantaneously take over when there is a power shut off. For example, in a single-home microgrid, consisting of solar panels and a battery backup system, on normal days, the energy generated by the solar panels feeds into the energy utilities grid and the customer gets credit.

 

If the power goes off, the home automatically switches to its own microgrid as its source of power. If the capacity of the system is large enough, the house can function normally.

 

If the system can’t provide sufficient power for all its needs, then it can selectively run critical circuits within the house, such as the refrigerator, some lighting and power for electronic and medical devices.

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LOOKING FORWARD

Microgrids for local energy systems have the positive aura of self-contained systems which allow for separation from the problems of large scale power distribution. With public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) and wildfires in our recent memories, we have become more interested in how we can survive emergencies at the local level without dependence on a large utility. We could determine for ourselves our energy future.

Our WeAct committee on microgrids is exploring the feasibility of installing a microgrid pilot project for Windsor, taking into account the following factors: identifying other microgrid communities, communication with the Windsor Town Council, and sourcing community input.

Only through collective action can we redefine and reconstruct a sustainable and just approach to survival and prosperity. Reachout to the WeAct members involved in this topic:

Terry Taylor

John Stayton

Rick Massel, rickm@sonic.net

TOGETHER WE CAN

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