Posted by Cydrome Leader on July 12, 2008, 6:07 am
There's plenty of land in America for the population we have.
What if every person owned 10 cars, would we run out of cars?
Posted by Bill on July 12, 2008, 12:30 am
The scam is that you can't sell at market rates. You have to net
meter and after 2.5% of households reach net metering limit they will
end it. If you make more than you use, they get your electricity for
free. They expect you to buy it at market rates. However they set
the market rates.
Posted by websurf1 on July 12, 2008, 3:35 am
How is that a scam?
Prior to the 2.5% threshold, you sell excess electricity at retail,
which is a pretty good deal for you.
If you generate exactly what you use, you get electricity for $
(neglecting your non-trivial investment).
The power company gets nothing but a minimal account charge, and for
that they have to maintain lines, generating stations, trucks,
The sell-back at full retail is an incentive to get people to invest
Once the threshold is reached, as I understand it you sell back at
wholesale rates, not retail. This is simply the power company buying
electricity from you, who are now essentially a power generating
company, at wholesale. They resell at retail, and use the difference
for maintenance and profits.
So, what's your problem?
Posted by Mauried on July 12, 2008, 5:02 am
On Fri, 11 Jul 2008 20:35:07 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The real problem which isnt being addressed yet is that the Power
Company has to buy your power whether they need it or not.
You on the other hand are not forced to buy the Power Companies power.
In the long term the Power Company will go broke if its forced to buy
power it doesnt need or want.
What other businesses are forced to buy products they dont need or
want simply because some one else has them for sale.
Posted by websurf1 on July 13, 2008, 3:13 am
On Jul 11, 10:02 pm, maur...@tpg.com.au (Mauried) wrote:
I don't see the problem. The power companies are going to produce or
buy all the power that can be consumed. The only question is the
source. Electrical energy on the grid can't be stored--it is
generated as it is used. Solar can be an excellent source in the
southwest, since it will be best available when it is best used--in
the head of the day when the AC is running!
There is no shortage of a market for power. Occasionally there is a
shortage of power. If we have solar, we burn a bit less coal, gas, or