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Comment: Re:Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 260

by ArhcAngel (#49550737) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes
As Tomhath stated your suggestion is still not cost effective. If it were they would be using it extensively in West Texas wind farms. As it is now they routinely shunt generated electricity straight to ground because the grid cannot handle the capacity being generated. For costs to come down production and operating costs need to become more efficient. Perhaps Tesla's program will be able to do that.

Comment: Vested interest (Score 2) 75

You can't train an employee to care about someone else's data. If you make them take the course they will. They might even retain some of the message but when it comes time to put it into action it better not be more complex than pressing a button cause something else more important is calling their names.

Comment: Re:Varies, I suppose (Score 2, Informative) 533

by ArhcAngel (#49506015) Attached to: Utilities Battle Homeowners Over Solar Power
In an unregulated market the power line company charges a flat government regulated fee to carry the power and maintain the lines. If the line company needs to adjust the fee they must ask for a rate adjustment. The line company at no time owns any electricity on the lines. The electric providers purchase electricity from generation utilities and contract with the line company to deliver the power to the consumer. If power goes out you call the line company for service but for billing issues you call the electric provider.

In a regulated market the power company is generator, line carrier, and electric provider. They can purchase extra power if they need it from third parties but it is tightly regulated.

Historically incentives for home electric generation have guaranteed a certain price minimum for anything sent to the grid. This works in a regulated market because the price is regulated but it doesn't sit well in an unregulated market because the price may be significantly more than the current market rate. Of course if you made it fairer many homeowners would cry foul even though it wouldn't be. But at some point that decision must be made and no politician wants to be the one to take something away from his constituents.

A rolling disk gathers no MOS.