I remember from a few years ago, the reason why Californicate doesn't have
enough power, is account of over regulation. Regulating the prices of power,
and the construction of power plants. The answer to the problems of over
regulation is.... more regulation. Not!
I am so..... glad I don't live in Californicate.
Christopher A. Young
>I\'d choose to live without my AC over the others. Look at it this way
Actually it was the result of the regulations that brought about
what is laughingly called "deregulation". The regulations that required
the integrated utilities to "sell off" their generation then freeing
prices while freezing rates (sorta like what happened with S&L crisis)
brought about most of the problems, even according to wikipedia. That
and deciding the feds would take on a task (regulation) that they were
not set-up to do and may not even have had authorization lead to what we
As memory serves, they deregulated the wholesale, while keeping price caps.
So, there was no profit in generating electric. It was not really
deregulated, since they limited the retail price companies could charge.
I'm the author of the American Thinker article. I also commented on
the EnergyPulse article - it got me digging on the issue.
There are definitely differences in viewpoints. I based my article on
the direct words of the California Energy Commission's proposed
revisions and linked those documents in my article. I even quoted
them. The authors of the EnergyPulse article hope to sell
programmable communicating thermostats and supporting equipment. I
want to build new nuclear power plants and set my own damn thermostat.
The state is trying to take control of your thermostat according to
the plain words of the proposed Title 24. See page 63 in particular.
The rules on who and when the override features are activated have yet
to be decided. The supposition is that the local utility will
actually push the button but in most cases, the California Independent
System Operator (CAISO), the state agency that runs the grid, will
give the order. They already are in charge of rolling blackouts,
etc. What exactly is an "emergency" in this context?
My political basis is that the state of California has made it very
difficult to build new, effective generation in the state. They "fix"
this government-made problem by taking control of your personal
property when they want to. The proper solution, in my opinion, is
to build several new nuclear power plants. The billions we've spent
on wind and solar hasn't and won't help.
The choice is not loss of control of your thermostat versus
blackouts. The choice is nuclear power plants versus continued loss
of freedom and further invasion of one's life by the state.
Ultimately, PCTs will be used to implement real time pricing. There
are lots of arguments pro and con on this. Anyone want to bet that an
average home's electric bill will DECREASE under real time pricing
without radical reorganization of one's family life and habits?
Let me see if I got this straight...
You're thinking that I should be upset that any entity outside my
domicile should want to exercise control over the largest energy
consuming device in my home. There is a certain "cold dead finger"
feel to the issue. I'm certain that had then been electric powered
air conditioners available to our original framers they would have
felt it necessary to protect them in the bill of rights, much the same
manner that operating a motor vehicle and separation of corporation
and state would have been - if they'd only known.
Of course, they* could just cut the power off completely and I'd
pretty much be screwed, so I guess if I wanna continue to suckle on
the nanny-state's gridded teat I'll comply with their totalitarian
demands. Oh, wait - dang! I've got thumbs - I'll just grow my own
electricity, there aren't even emission controls regulations on the
small displacement engines that I might choose to use - that'll show
'em! I'll spew as much as I damn well please and they can't stop me,
Baa haa ha.
*assuming some sort of collusion between the now deregulated,
completely privatized electricity providers and the democratically
elected republicans that do my biding in the government as you have
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