Almost All New US Electricity Comes from Solar

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  1. ItsNotAboutTheMoney

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    The major New England grid infrastructure improvements have been underway for over a year. They've resulted in a jump in distribution costs, which have been offset by a reduction in cost due to natural gas. We can expect a reasonable supply price jump for next year (March 2014-February 2015).

    Maine's adding a fair amount of wind, but since it can be balanced with hydro it should be reasonable for a while. But if Maine were develop its offshore wind resources, it'd go to the Boston grid that could handle the load.
     
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    That would be a full time charge where you are concerned. I doubt he wants the job.
     
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    Its always nice if fuel costs offset infrastructure improvement costs.

    I would rather think of the infrastructure improvements as an investment. Things were rather broken, and if they are getting fixed now, then if you look over the next 15 years, things should be less expensive than if the grid and natural gas pipelines were not improved. Its a good thing if the improvements are now underway.

    A lesson we learned here was its fairly easy to throttle back natural gas ccgt for wind. With such a small amount of wind there should not be problems for a long time. An improved grid should let more wind and solar on and have it directly displace the fuel oil power plants and then natural gas. NREL maps show oportunity in new england (but not boston;-)) for less expensive on shore wind.
     
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    LoL! That's a lie which will be confirmed when you slink off like a coward and don't return with proof to back your baseless claim.
     
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    ^simply ignore the ignorant, baiting troll!

    Icarus
     
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    You're probably right, it just steams me when people like Sage get away with baseless lies and ad hominem attacks in violation of forum rules. (y)
     
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