He has been telling us for quite a few weeks that he has a plan.
Why waste money on commercials saying you will be telling us something
in the future?
I have something to say......I will be saying it in the next few
BTW it will be.............I want you tax payers to pay for the grid I
need so I can start selling you wind power instead of oil.
He wants to build wind farms. Using his own, and investor, money. It won't
cost the taxpayer anything - it will cost the consumer something like
$3.00/month to pay for the transmission lines.
Not in Texas, though. Texas has its own electrical grid. It's not connected
to the national grid. This means that one or two levels of regulatory
approval are not necessary to build transmission towers.
Still, to build transmission lines from the wind farms to where the power
will be needed will require rights-of-way. Because of fuddy-duddies, this
will probably require imminent domain, court cases, new state laws,
pay-offs, and mostly, time.
the state of texas has its own seperate power grid not normally
powering others or getting power from out of state.
since the first oil crisis of 1972 our country has ignored the problem
too much big business making money off the status quo..........
in 1972 a buddy of mine converted his vehicles to dual fuel and has
run both primarily on compressed natural gas ever since.
works fine pollutes little, costs less to operate
part of pickens plan is converting to natural gas to power vehicles.
doing nothing is no longer a viable option, the high cost of energy is
crippling our economy
The operative word there is "normally" -- there are tieins of the ERCOT
grid to the rest of the country, just not as extensive. There have been
studies in the relatively recent past on increasing those ties but I
haven't paid attention since I retired on what the status is.
Um, you're right. There are a few physical connections. Still, Texas, which
uses 40% more electricity than California (peak demand in excess of 75GW),
is not really a player in the national grid. 85% of the power generation
companies in Texas have agreed to neither buy nor sell their power outside
the state. The state, therefore, is largely exempt from federal regulatory
There are four interconnections to points outside the state (including
Mexico).* Together they have a capacity of about 500 megawatts. There is one
600 megawatt line that connects the Texas grid to points in east Texas that
are part of the "Eastern" U.S. grid, but the service is still designed for
* A 220 MW line to Oklahoma, A 36 MW line to Mexico in El Paso, Two lines,
totaling 250 MW, also to Mexico, near McAllen.
I guess you haven't noticed that for the last 20 years or so both
political parties have been steering us into a global market.
(actually big business and the banks)
You want energy independence for the US? You want national security?
Tell us how you plan to getting that, when open borders is clearly
next on the agenda?
I missed the part about how you made your billions.
I've seen nothing on anything other than installed capacity, nothing
about what actual consumption percentages are. Assuming a summer day of
(say) 15 daylight hours, 30% capacity if all online would translate to
<20% maximum on average and, of course, essentially 0% for the other
9hrs. This only gets worse in winter. Meanwhile, standby generation of
some other form has to be there for the load.
And, while making some pacification of the Greens, the installation of
the solar they have is made possible only by very heavily subsidizing same.
Solar power does not have to be a total solution to the entire problem in order
to be a huge help. We don't need one grand sweeping solution. We need many
solutions that cumulatively put us on a better track.
BTW - I'm currently looking into coverting my home heating to Geo-Thermal.
Expensive sounding up front, but even if the cost of fuel stabilizes (Yeah,
right!) the roughly $25k system will be "break even" in less than 10 years, and
after that, I'll be saving thousands a year. Possibly a lot less than 10 years
if fuel prices continue to go up. A higher capacity system doesn't add cost at a
1-1 rate, so I may even join forces with my next door neighbor and we can feed
both houses on one ground source. That would really make this a no-brainer as
long as we get the legal part straight.
Of course the same is being said for off-shore drilling.
Interestingly, though, is that solar and wind power doesn't seem to
haave gotten that much more traction than the drilling in real life.
We are a nation of Scarlet O'Haras " I can't think about that right now.
If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow."
Solar for electricity isn't being deployed to any significant extent
because it's economically unviable. It is being deployed in small
amounts by govt heavily subsidizing it. Here in NJ, they levied a
tax on all electric bills to generate a fund. Part of that is being
used so that people can buy a $50K, 5KW home system for $15K, which
then makes it viable.
Oil drilling in new areas with high potential, ie ANWR and offshore,
is blocked by the environmental extremists.
Wind is the more interesting. That one is always put forward by the
environmentalists as a great solution. Yet, when it comes down to
actually building them, the usual environmental extremists shoot many
of them down.
The problem w/ wind is still one of inconsistency. I've posted before
results of a sizable wind farm in W KS (Gray County) which in seven
years operation has overall average of <50% installed capacity w/ months
(mid-summer and -winter) where monthly average is only 20%. Thus would
take as much as 5X installed capacity to have a chance of producing the
required power as installed on that long an averaging scale. It's worse
as the time scale is shortened, of course, including the problem that
the wind typically also goes down at night after losing solar heating.
These data are available from EIA site for a farm in the prime area for
wind generation in the US. Again, it's a piece but it's no panacea as
many proponents who don't worry about the realities of making their
wishes true would like to think (or probably more correctly, make others
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