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Comment Re:sound idea? (Score 1) 299 299

Your numbers are out of whack. Depending on how the anode is constructed, LIB can go 10 000 cycles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

Furthermore, that assumes a full charge-discharge cycle. That's not likely what's going to happen, further prolonging the life of the battery system.

Comment Re:big news! (Score 2) 299 299

Electricity prices are high when demand is high. Logically people are going to choose to sell their power when prices are highest, i.e. demand is greatest. This will have the effect of balancing the grid. Furthermore, we haven't even begun to talk about the concept of smart batteries where utility companies could request power from individuals 'on demand'.

Comment Re:Meanwhile... (Score 1) 283 283

Because a great many /. users rate comments according to their personal beliefs, not on the actual merit of the comment. Still others are are employed by interest groups to scour the internet and 'promote' their employers views by any means necessary, be that FUD or by down-voting opposing viewpoints.

Submission + - Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions->

MightyMartian writes: It should prove to be no surprise for most rational people, but a group of Australian researchers have determined that homeopathy is completely useless at treating medical conditions. Researchers sifted through 1,800 research papers on homeopathy and found no reliable report that showed homeopathic remedies had any better results than placebos.
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Submission + - US Wind Power Is Expected to Double in the Next 5 Years

merbs writes: The US Department of Energy anticipates that the amount of electricity generated by wind power to more than double over the next five years. Right now, wind provides the nation with about 4.5 percent of its power. But an in-depth DOE report released today forecasts that number will rise to 10 percent by 2020—then 20 percent by 2030, and 35 percent by 2050.

Submission + - The Worst Oil in the World: Where Crude Is Tarring the Climate

merbs writes: Not all oil is created equal. Depending on where it’s extracted, refined, and sold, some crude is much more poisonous to the climate. A team of energy researchers has unveiled an ambitious new accounting project that helps to detail oil’s true greenhouse gas emissions, and to pinpoint where the worst oil for the climate is being unearthed. So far, the leading offenders are Canada, China, Nigeria, Venezuela—and California.

Submission + - New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again->

Lucas123 writes: Solar energy installations beat both wind generated and coal-fired energy for the second year in a row, according to a new report from GTM Research. While solar only makes up about 1 percent of U.S. energy, in 2014, it added nearly as many new megawatts as natural gas, which is approaching coal as the country’s primary energy source. Solar capacity grew 32 percent from 2013 to 2014 and GTM is predicting it will grow 59% YoY this year. Just two years ago, in 2012, coal represented 41% of new energy capacity and solar only 10%. Last year, coal was down to 23% of new electrical capacity. Solar capacity growth last year represents a 12-fold increase over the amounts being installed in 2009. Key to solar adoption has been falling costs across market segments and states.
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Comment Re:Alternate Bank of Canada Press Release (Score 1) 223 223

I have personally experienced Telus, a major phone company in Canada, refusing cash payments of their bills due to the cost of handling the money. Also pennies (before rounding was introduced) were only valid currency up to about $2 here in Canada. I have no idea about the other coins but it wouldn't surprise me if there were similar regulations around them.

Comment Re:Net metering is little more than theft (Score 1) 374 374

Utility companies can raise their prices if they wish. Utility companies had the option to be innovative and pursue solar/wind lease agreements where they would own this generation capacity and it's resale would be more profitable. They chose to stick with the traditional model. This was their choice.

Comment Re:Net metering is unstustainable (Score 0) 374 374

In your model the power bill has 2 components: generation and delivery. You feel that it's fair for the customer to pay both. In the scenario where the homeowner is generating the power, it is the utility that is the customer therefore according to your logic it should be the utility that pays for the delivery of that power. If the homeowner pays delivery charges on the power they use, so too should the utility company on the power they use. Considering the power generation and consumption patterns of a typical home, perhaps the utility companies are not paying the homeowner enough delivery on the power generated...

Comment Re:Realistic (Score 1) 374 374

As the amount of variable supply power grows so to does the demand for storage of that power. The market will force utilities to adapt or die through deploying grid storage. The scenario you speak of is still decades away and we have the technology today to make this work. It will only get more cost effective as time goes by.

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