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P2P Energy Production (Smart Grid) and P2P Web

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Author: Marc Fawzi

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/marcfawzi

License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0


In the future, everyone will be an energy producer and consumer. Everyone will produce their own energy and either sell the surplus to others or buy extra wattage from others.

That’s part of the premise and promise of the “smart grid” aka “intelligent utility network” aka “Intergrid.”

See this: http://www.odemagazine.com/doc/56/talkin-bout-my-generation/2

So if everyone can be a producer and consumer of energy then everyone can also be a producer (not just a consumer) of Web infrastructure, starting with people owning Mesh/802.11s-enabled wireless routers and all the way to people owning and renting out P2P-enabled storage, processing power and connectivity.

Where do today’s dominant Web players fit in such a scenario (e.g. Google)?

Answer: nowhere, as far as I can see.

Google is the biggest private consumer of energy. They may also be the biggest producer of energy one day. But I’m betting that such a day won’t come; i.e., that we will move to a P2P (or edge-driven) consumer-producer model, or P2P Economy, and away from the network -or cloud- centric model.


  1. Towards a World Wide Mesh (WWM)
  2. P2P Energy Economy