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  •  I hope you're right on your first paragraph. (0+ / 0-)

    On your second paragraph we're a long way away from being able  to operate electric utilities in the manner suggested, particularly with utility-level solar installations outside of the the Southwest, because we have not yet had enough development of wind and especially photovoltaic electric generation units and any electricity storage to support and compliment such wind units.   And, methods of immediately dispatchable energy are still needed and that usually means using fuels for load-following generation units and also large baseload units.....that is why electric utilities are still building gas combustion turbines.

    •  We don't need utility-level solar (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, JohnnySacks

      This is what the energy conglomerates fear -- solar panels on every roof.

      FACT: If you covered an area the size of Connecticut with solar panels, with existing technology it would produce enough energy to meet ALL energy needs in the U.S.

      An area the size of Connecticut may sound like a lot, until you consider...

      FACT: An area the size of Georgia is already covered by rooftops.  This is to say nothing of parking lots or roadways.

      It won't be a big huge plant way over yonder heating up water to spin turbines.  That's the 20th century.  It will be a distributed generation system feeding into a smart grid.  

      Or it will be catastrophe.  Your choice.

      The meek shall inherit the Earth that the stupid destroyed.

      by CharlieHipHop on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 07:10:37 PM PST

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