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  •  I wonder how hard the push to residential (9+ / 0-)

    off-the-grid will be in the various regions of the nation?

    Power here, in the Pacific Northwest, provided mainly from hydroelectric dams owned and operated by the Bonneville Power Administration, is relatively inexpensive compared to many other areas of the nation:

    There is a terrific site which displays this data, the EIA or US Energy Information Administration. By their data, my state has the nation's lowest electrical costs at 8.75 cents a kilowatt hour. Some states are almost 20 cents a kilowatt hour!

    So, how do you think that local energy prices combined with overall weather patterns of the area will effect this transition to a less centralized system of electrical energy transmission and/or storage?

    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

    by Angie in WA State on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 01:52:57 PM PDT

    •  Utilities are guaranteed a threshold ROE. The.. (0+ / 0-)

      .more SolarHouseholds, the higher the energy tax burden on the working and middle-class, who for whatever reasons can't disconnect from the grid.

      Basic economics.

      Do we want  to live in a country where the working poor pay a blended 25 cents a kilowatt hour while the most affluent pay a fraction of that?

      Learn about Centrist Economics, learn about Robert Rubin's Hamilton Project.

      by PatriciaVa on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 07:39:54 PM PDT

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      •  Guess we should start with the question of (5+ / 0-)

        whether or not public utilities should be allowed to be owned by For-Profit corporations.

        Where I live in WA State has the lowest kilowatt hour pricing on power. Where I live also has a Public Utility District, where the power company is owned by the county residents and is a non-profit entity with reasonably paid, but not excessively compensated, management.

        I believe that this factor must be discussed before other issues, as it drives the question of how much power costs.

        "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

        by Angie in WA State on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:07:54 PM PDT

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