Grid supplementation is something we are working with in Virginia.
We have a very good spot in West Virginia, and on the border of Virginia for wind power.
Even the roads there have names like "windy way" and such. There is always a good strong wind there.
However this is a remote place, and getting the power to the places it needs to go is a matter of land rights and using a different kind of power transmission lines.
It will take a bit of time.
Personal solar is another thing supported here. However getting over the scam artists who want to grab the grants and "rent" the solar panels in home up-grades are already a problem. It is something I looked into. So I will wait a bit until I can study the solar systems very well, make the right choices, and install it myself.
I am also considering becoming a "solar contractor", and making it an easy fix to the problem for homeowners.
We’re launching a brand new initiative and we’ve dubbed it Microtricity. It will bring big benefits to Ecotricity customers that install micro generation at home.
Microtricity is a tariff through which we’ll pay our customers for every unit of electricity they generate at home. Our customers can use the electricity themselves (and still get paid for it) and we’ll also pay for any excess that goes back into the grid.
Some people call this kind of thing a Feed in Tariff (or FiT) the government calls it a ‘cash back scheme’ – we prefer Microtricity. After all it’s about making green electricity (or ecotricity) on a micro scale at home.
There’s definitely never been a better time for you to install your own microtricity source or a better scheme to support you in doing so.
This, I believe is the future solution to the grid problem. It takes the peak energy problem off the grid.
This will also stop the need for more and more power plants.
If every house was producing some electricity, the over-all need for peak production would stop.