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Comment: Re:From the linked information (Score 1) 249

by Crashmarik (#49179065) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%




Lithium storage pricing / watt hour seems to have flatlined in recent years, but energy density still has a little positive slope to its curve. The cheap enough in 10 years looks like it needs more to support the statement.

What prompts you to say compressed air storage will drop in price ? That process is very mature and has been for a very long time

Comment: Interesting, but it shows how bad wind is (Score 3, Informative) 249

by Crashmarik (#49178715) Attached to: The US's First Offshore Wind Farm Will Cut Local Power Prices By 40%

Block island has a population of 1051 people and has to ship in diesel for power generation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

So currently they using just about the worst system for commercial generation, paying high fuel and operating at a scale that is barely viable to begin with. The article also doesn't mention just what they are doing for energy storage or backup.

Either way if that is what is needed to make wind viable I wouldn't hold my breath.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 4, Informative) 532

The reason we have ISIS is that we were in such a rush to leave IRAQ we didn't bother to finish stabilizing the situation.

Seeing as Vietnam has been mentioned, I'll point out the exact same thing happened there. The war was brought to an acceptable conclusion and we pulled out before stability had been achieved. The cost that time was 4million dead Vietnamese and Cambodians. What do you think it will be this time around ?

Comment: Really need to post information about the act (Score 3, Interesting) 56

by Crashmarik (#49144761) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet


Also I would be very careful what you wish for here. Anybody who doesn't have the capital or desire to become a participating entity could be screwed over royally here.

It would be far better to take patent trials away from juries. Picking people at random and then pointing them at highly technical patents isn't something that even sounds like it might work.

Comment: Re:Net metering is little more than theft (Score 1) 372

by Crashmarik (#49132963) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt


The 46 red states all require utilities to give a 1 to 1 credit for electricity usage, and have to buy up to the limit for each of the states.

Either you work in the utility industry in a different country or one of the 4 states that hasn't adopted the rules you are talking about.

Eureka! -- Archimedes