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Schumer makes personal call to PSC chair regarding NRG

September 5, 2013

Today, U.S. Senator Charles ....

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Sep-06-13 1:04 PM

typical political move, cover the senators six, we wonder where he was when the National Grid, NRG and PSC reps was at Fredonia State hearing, grand standing would have got more voter attention

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Sep-05-13 6:01 PM

PR24601, I'd love to do that myself when I retire. But I think my wife (unfortunately) needs to be closer to a mall. :-)

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Sep-05-13 4:59 PM

The grids not going anywhere for many years!! Distributed solar independence is still a long ways off. With today's technology, a typical home in Arizona with a roof covered with a solar setup on its roof still cannot generate enough to power itself, but it does certainly help. And there's still industry, where solar wouldnt make a pimple on the butt of their consumption. Around here it would be decades to even get close if even possible at all. NRG is currently the nations largest solar operator of tradional solar, but its biggest project yet is a the Ivanpah solar thermal plant currently under construction in the California desert in cooperation with Google and a few other investors. Its uses mirrors to concentrate the suns heat on a boiler mounted atop a tower. The steam generated drives a turbine/generator. You can find pics via google.

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Sep-05-13 4:28 PM

I'm glad the senator is on our side. I wish the governor would do the same.

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Sep-05-13 4:26 PM

DK, My goal is to one day go "off the grid" so to speak. Well, septic, home-based solar for everything. I think it's possible. This of course requires that I somehow acquire the money to make it happen, which at this rate is unlikely.

Until then, I'm going to continue to rely on coal-fired electricity, natural gas, and hope that it stays cheap and reliable.

I would never trust wind power. Ever. For home use or commercial. First off the windmills are ghastly, and it's inconsistent, unreliable, and expensive. I'd rather be electricity-free.

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Sep-05-13 4:05 PM

Thanks for reading the article...I think. :-)

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Sep-05-13 2:48 PM

Bloomberg Businessweek has a 4-page article – “Why the U.S. Power Grid's Days Are Numbered” – about distributed generation. It quotes extensively from NRG’s CEO (who drives electric vehicles, of course).

Think solar is dead? NRG has invested $1 billion in solar and green tech, including recently buying ½ of the 290-megawatt Agua Caliente solar plant in Arizona.

The article is here - - businessweek [dot] com/articles/2013-08-22/homegrown-green-energy-is-making-power-utilities-irrelevant#p1

Read the article, please, before disagreeing. :-)

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