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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Michael (Constant Conservative)

If both the NYT and the WaPo are pointing to the emperor's lack of clothes--dare we hope that at least some of their readership take off the ideological blinders?

Thank you for covering this.

Donald Pay

KB says, "The cost of the NRG project is being almost entirely covered by taxpayers and ratepayers. That means that the immediate economic consequence of the new solar power generation is to raise the cost of electricity for consumers. Every poor Joe turning on his kitchen light will be footing part of the bill."

I hate to point out the obvious here, KB, but ratepayers and taxpayers pay the costs of every fossil fuel and nuclear energy generation station. Your argument here makes it seem as if you or out of touch with the real world and, perhaps, wearing blinders.

The immediate economic consequence of putting any new electrical source on the grid is to increase costs to consumers. When Black Hills Power put their new coal-fired power plant on-line they requested 26 percent more for the power from that new Wyogen power plant. If we had an unregulated energy market, as many conservatives demand, there would have been nothing that could have been done. But, contrary to conservative wishes, many states, including South Dakota, still regulate electric rates. A hearing was held, and Black Hills Power was allowed only a 12 percent increase, which was still more than many thought should have been allowed.


The other thing you seem to never consider is externalized costs, which are particularly high in coal-fired power. Who pays those costs? You and me.

larry kurtz

Flathead Electric Cooperative is exploring geothermal potential: http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/flathead_electric_cooperative_to_begin_exploratory_geothermal_drilling/25399/

Check the James River in relation to a geothermal map of the US. Tap floodwater and remake the chemical toilet into an energy powerhouse.


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