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Comment: Re:Keep It Simple (Score 1) 399

by Palshife (#38844437) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Techie Wedding Invitation Ideas?

My wife and I threw the wedding we both wanted. We planned the whole thing together. It was her second marriage but my first (and hopefully only). It was huge and expensive. The food was fantastic. We invited everyone we wanted to be there. We're huge jazz nerds and we had an eighteen-piece big band. Our parents planned nothing (it was our money, after all). We're still paying for it two years later.

We loved every moment. Neither one of us would change a single thing.

We do not operate under the assumption that every day is going to be like our wedding day. We do not suffer fairy-tale delusions. Marriage is work. We're parents now. It's more work.

Don't kid yourself. People have been disagreeing with you right and left. That's the general equivalent to being downmodded.

Comment: Re:0 kWh net grid consumption over the last 12 mon (Score 1) 498

by Palshife (#38798471) Attached to: Where does your electricity come from?

I'm fairly sure he meant that the additional panels would be added to his home. Brian, care to clarify?

And you're right. Doing this probably won't shut down a coal plant, but it's likely to prevent as many firings of a gas generator at that plant. Since coal generation is more or less fixed capacity, the utility company periodically has to turn on natural gas burners to keep up with spikes in demand. I have a lot of experience in financial power markets and these sorts of transactions are very common.

So, by installing additional panels on his home, he's prevented some additional fossil fuels from being consumed.

So what's the downside? Why not do this?

Comment: Re:0 kWh net grid consumption over the last 12 mon (Score 1) 498

by Palshife (#38795089) Attached to: Where does your electricity come from?

Just because there is an "alternate energy" solution in the instance of a single family dwelling does not mean that it is viable everywhere.

Of course it does.

The panels he's adding to his roof for the car? They'll be putting energy back into the grid during the day. Money in his pocket.

High rise building? What the hell else should a building manager be using that gigantic, flat roof for? (Other than leasing space to a cell-phone antenna, of course) You don't have direct control over this, so I suggest looking for it as a feature the next time you move, if it's that important to you.

Why is it that people think that alternative energy sources can only be used if they're the only things being used? Use both. It's a good idea.

Comment: Re:I have no idea (Score 2) 498

by Palshife (#38793149) Attached to: Where does your electricity come from?

In Texas, when I buy wind power from my retail electric provider, they are required to turn around and use my dollars to buy physical wind power generation. They don't have to send it to my house. Hell, they don't even have to keep it. They can resell it on the open market to try and make a profit. What I've done by purchasing it is created demand for power generated by wind. This forces electric utility companies to invest money in wind so they can effectively generate and deliver it.

This is a good thing. You should be doing something like this even if the power coming to your house was generated by different means.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354