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    kovie, jamess, RosyFinch, Odysseus

    All of the talk about using solar generation ultimately relies on the availability of a smart grid to move that power from the generating sites to the demand locations.  One can build all of the generating sites in the desert that one wants, but no demand will exist there because no population can exist there without water.  Of course, we'll start to hear noises about building pipelines to move water from the Great Lakes or from desalination plants on the coasts to inland desert locations, but HVDC smart grid transmission systems would be cheaper and more effective in the long run.  As the great Eisenhower Interstate Highway System enabled easy and rapid transportation, the Federal government should be pushing the construction of a national power transmission grid to facilitate the wheeling of power from generation sites to load locations.  It differs not a whit from the highways, airports and river and harbor work done by government for the commonweal.  

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:25:16 PM PST

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