Fabian Perez paintings
Francois Boucher paintings
Hooking Into the GridEven if science and funding provide new energy technologies, the trick lies in figuring out how to use them. Most American power infrastructures have been tailored to funnel energy from large oil or gas production plants. Part of the challenge will be finding ways to install new resources, such as wind and solar power, into existing power grids, or in some cases, accommodating smaller, more localized energy sources. Once that step is taken, many think current high prices could encourage a widespread switch to new, even strange, power possibilities. "We've been getting calls from all around the country," says James Teaney, supervisor of the hog waste power project in Missouri. "I think more and more people are looking for other, cheaper ideas."