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D. How New Technology May Change Consumer Thoughts on Electricity

Narrator: This is Science Today. As electricity consumers, we often don't think about our participation in the electricity market-a market that has a relatively fixed demand and a constantly changing supply. But according to Chris Marnay, a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, advances in microgrid technology that would allow individuals to locally generate their power and trade it on the market, could initiate a paradigm shift in how we think about our power.

Marnay: What onsite generation does in part is just gives more options to the owners of the microgrid, or the participants in the microgrid, because they would self generate under some circumstances, and then they would buy from the grid under other circumstances.

Narrator: Marnay says that giving customers more options would mean that their response to prices would not be as indifferent as they are today.

Marnay: So giving people more options in which to respond to prices hopefully is a way in which markets could be helped to function better. And microgrids are one way of doing that.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.