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    of cities, most of the smaller towns and rural areas I've lived in my life could quite easily set up entirely workable systems along the REC model. In Oklahoma, for instance, most of the hard work of building the storage capacity to generate steady 'trons when the wind isn't blowing and the sun's not shining has already been done. Back in the 1930s 'dust bowl' days when the Corps and CCC built earthen dams to provide every town and county with reservoirs. Many hydro dams were built as well, owned and operated by the county's RECs, with hundreds more existing reservoirs fully capable of providing overnight capacity with proper retrofit.

    There's no need for serious deregulation, just a roll-back on more recent ALEC-like big utility sponsored legislation designed to PREVENT decentralization. i.e., here in the mountainous west of NC, Duke had its pet legislators make it illegal a few years ago to install wind turbines on the ridges where wind blows 24-7. Duke also will get a 17% overall rate hike this session over its already way too expensive electricity to help pay for new nukes we the customer base don't want or need. Duke comes right out and says it needs those new nukes so it can sell the electricity to New England and Canada. New England and Canada will not pay for those, WE will.

    ...unless we decide to do something quite else and cut Duke out of the indentured servitude business. That is happening quite quickly, bottom up. As of course it must because Duke and its pet corrupto-crats act as a Great Wall against it ever happening top-down.

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