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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

colorados lighting up

this is not about their new weed law
which went into effect on january 1
business is booming there it seems

so is the solar industry
the cost of solar panels have decreased a lot so that
more and more people in colorado are putting up
solar panels on their roofs to generate their own 
during the day

the way this works is if you dont store the electricity 
in batteries which are expensive is that as the 
electricity is generated it goes eg at the country n here
it goes to our house first
if its not needed it then goes to the electrical lines 
connected to my meter then goes out to i guess
whoever needs it next
maybe my neighbors

at the end of the month the electric company
takes the total electricity i used
subtracts the total amount of excess electricity i produced
(that doesnt include what i used as it was being produced)
to come up with a total amount that im billed for
i produced 500 kw this month
i only used 200 kw of it
the other 300 kw went up into the grid
i used 1000 kw total
so i get billed for 700 kw

if i produced more than i used then i get a credit
have to pay $20+ to just be hooked up to the system

thats called net metering
if they give me credit its at wholesale price
if i have to buy its at retail price

thats one of the rubs between solar producers like me
and the electric companies

plus they want to charge another fee for use of their lines etc

(this house in the above picture is completely off the grid
and stores its electricity in large batteries
he doesnt have to worry about any of this)

in arizona and they are trying to do this in california 
and colorado they want to charge $50 but the electric commission 
said no you can only charge $5

so if i lived in arizona i would pay $25+ before i use any electricity 
california is trying to make it $100

im sure texas is not far behind
its whoever has the most political influence
ie cash

the other problem thats happening is that there are more and 
more homeowners producing electricity such that there is a 
surplus during the day that goes away when the sun goes down

the electric companies havent figured out how to store or use
this excess electricity 
they are looking at massive battery banks that are expensive

so it seems its going to be a battle between the large electric
companies and the solar industry and us homeowners
we know who probably has the most influence 

the organicgreen doctor

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