I'm going to have to call bullshit on that one. You make any statement then you are a racist, misogynistic, homo-phobe. It is considered incredibly anti-PC to call out the various victim groups on their behavior regardless of how obviously it is and how constructive your critique is to the conversation it is without the hoards of angry apologists coming out of the wood work to tear you down over what a bastard you are for "blaming the victim".
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Kind of like in the US if you speak out against the behavior or Blacks, Homosexuals, or Women......
I try to be nice as possible to the person behind the counter, but I just say the equivalent of "do you want my money or not? Let's just bypass the part where you ask for my info." Party City was the latest place that wanted my info. They have no need for my info. I give them money, they give me fancy paper plates for my toddler's birthday party.
As it is for less than $3000 I have enough solar power to cover everything but the largest power hogs. (AC, heat, refrigerator.) All my personal devices, tv, lighting, and water heating do just fine off of solar. There is no reason why most of the rest will not be converted in that 20-30 year window.
As far as the "whole passel" of laws I don't have to pull permits that are not required. The entire solar water system is run off of 12vDC, no permits required. The panel installation and the solar pool pump is 1 permit and electrical inspection, instead of the 3 or 4 I needed before. I am also getting to skip the wire run and trenching and the extra electrical box work. That all adds up quickly to the price.
1. When the grid goes down, so does your little micro grid. If you have sensitive needs, say for example a server farm, climate control needs, or medical life support equipment you never want it to go down.
2. The utilities charge you to have connections to the grid even if you do nothing but generate electricity. They charge ALOT to businesses. (Pissess off the crony capitalists aka Republicans and Democrats.)
3. Also if you have utilities coming onto your property you start getting into property right of way nonsense that gives the gov't or the utilities a way to butt into your business. (Pisses off Statist Progressives)
4. If you are not connected to the grid your power generation can't be taxed because they have no way of monitoring it, and you won't be forced to pay subsidies to pay for electricity social programs. (Pissess off the Democrats)
So why just hold out for angering republicans? I say piss them all off.
For a utility yes solar generated electricity makes little sense, but for the home or business owner it makes a great deal of sense. The farther from the grid you go the more sense it makes. With equipment prices these days anything more than 30ft from the house solar is on parity with grid electricity if you are willing to do the work yourself.
I was getting worried (my sarcasm detector has been offline since 1987). I thought there for a minute you might be the one of 9 people in the US that has managed to miss every single article about Tesla/SpaceX and did not know who Musk was.
Kind of like say building disaster proof micro grids that are not under control by government sanctioned utility monopolies? I never understood the whole low IQ concept of "we have to save it for something more important, so we shouldn't use it logic because it might get expensive".
No we should use the shit out of it to drive the price up to the stratosphere so that the market comes up with either a cheaper way to produce it or more effective technology to replace it and meet the demand.
ENRON was a bunch of thieves taking advantage of a bunch of socialists. There wasn't even the tiniest bit of free market involvement in that entire debacle.
1. PG&E was required by the State of California to provide power no matter what.
2. PG&E was not allowed by the State of California to change retail prices without the State's approval. This resulted in them being forced to buy and sell electricity at a loss until they went bankrupt.
3. ENRON's little scheme was a two part scheme. ENRON was nothing but paper. The entire company was essentially fake. Anyone holding their stock got ripped off. The other part was to take advantage of CA idiotic price fixing scheme to bleed both PG&E and the taxpayers of CA dry which they did for years. Everyone at ENRON was a criminal set on taking advantage of a situation created by the State of California not the market.
4. CA put itself in the situation where they had to buy power from outside the State since they killed off all but the cleanest natural gas power plants with heavy handed environmental regulation.
5. What little solar and wind power was available PG&E was forced to buy at an enormous loss. To add insult to injury, the Federal Gov't was heavily subsidizing wind farms through grants and purchase requirements, causing areas such as Tehachapi to sprout wind turbines like weeds forcing PG&E to buy even more power from them far above the rates charged to customers.
6. With the retail prices set artificially low PG&E customers gorged themselves on electricity priced bellow the market price. This accelerated the collapse of PG&E and resulting in the summer rolling blackouts which continued even after the State stepped in to bail out the now bankrupt PG&E.
So yes I called ENRON a side show, because California set itself up for failure, all ENRON did was take advantage of the very system that California had created.
ENRON could not have pulled off their theft without the utility monopoly created by California, the price fixing set by California, and the severe lack of in state power production, again created by California.