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There are no free "lunches." .....I'm certain the companies will cover their costs other ways.

My in-laws live in Portland, PA. ....Back in the late 1970's or early 1980's, their local power supplier (MetEd or PPL) sent out letters asking customers to conserve electricity, and offered tips on ways to conserve.

Several months later, a letter was sent out informing customers that due to decreased demand, the rates would have to be increased to cover operating costs.
 

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There are no free "lunches." .....I'm certain the companies will cover their costs other ways.

My in-laws live in Portland, PA. ....Back in the late 1970's or early 1980's, their local power supplier (MetEd or PPL) sent out letters asking customers to conserve electricity, and offered tips on ways to conserve.

Several months later, a letter was sent out informing customers that due to decreased demand, the rates would have to be increased to cover operating costs.
Sounds about right!
 

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It's not a free lunch, I agree there are no such. But, it is for real, the power is generated and if not used, wasted, at night when the winds blow the most over the windmill fields. So if people use less of the expensive by comparison, natural gas, oil, coal, etc... generated power, and more cheaper wind power, then it stands to reason that profits can stay level and your bill goes down.
 

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Very interesting article. Iowa is next to Texas in wind farm electric production. A few years ago they put up 150 wind generators about 10 miles North of me. Now they are building another 150 about 15 miles SE of me. They are showing up all over the Western part of the state. Problem is all the power goes into the grid and goes out West. And last month we get a notice that the local power Co-op is raising our availability rate by $5 a month. So now it cost us $30 just to have the power available for us to use and does not include any actual power. Big rip off as far as I am concerned. Land owner get a big check ever year for having the tower(s) on his land. Farmer has to farm around them and the rock roads they build for access. And the local consumer get a raise in their light bill.
 

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Sounds about right!
There are no free "lunches." .....I'm certain the companies will cover their costs other ways.

My in-laws live in Portland, PA. ....Back in the late 1970's or early 1980's, their local power supplier (MetEd or PPL) sent out letters asking customers to conserve electricity, and offered tips on ways to conserve.

Several months later, a letter was sent out informing customers that due to decreased demand, the rates would have to be increased to cover operating costs.
Yep, that was a calculated plan, used by several larger power suppliers to get higher profits at lower costs. But this deal in Texas lets the companies earn the same profits at lower costs with lower customer prices. Totally different deal.
 

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Very interesting article. Iowa is next to Texas in wind farm electric production. A few years ago they put up 150 wind generators about 10 miles North of me. Now they are building another 150 about 15 miles SE of me. They are showing up all over the Western part of the state. Problem is all the power goes into the grid and goes out West. And last month we get a notice that the local power Co-op is raising our availability rate by $5 a month. So now it cost us $30 just to have the power available for us to use and does not include any actual power. Big rip off as far as I am concerned. Land owner get a big check ever year for having the tower(s) on his land. Farmer has to farm around them and the rock roads they build for access. And the local consumer get a raise in their light bill.
Sounds like you guys need new elected officials to look out for the locals.
 

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It's not a free lunch, I agree there are no such. But, it is for real, the power is generated and if not used, wasted, at night when the winds blow the most over the windmill fields. So if people use less of the expensive by comparison, natural gas, oil, coal, etc... generated power, and more cheaper wind power, then it stands to reason that profits can stay level and your bill goes down.
What you said it partially true but only because Texas has very limited connection to the main power grid. So the excess is not distributed to the grid but is use more locally. Iowa is not that way. All the wind power is put into the main power grid and the local Co-op buy it back off that grid, through other wholesale distributors. Many years ago when wind power was new a small town put up their own wind charger, Excess is sold to the local power Co-op. That was before the Co-op's got greedy and now they require a $1 million liability policy to even hook up one of the required interconnect boxes. The premium for that policy is more than the average small farm uses in a year. This way the Co-op don't have to buy the excess power and has full control over the available power. 90% of the power generated in Iowa goes out West.
 

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Local REC employees are the highest paid working class in the this entire part of the state. A 1 year experienced lineman gets $25 an hour. The line foreman has over 30 years with the company and get over $35 an hour. The only time they actually earn that kind of pay is during storms and major outages. Happens once or twice a year at the most.
 

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There are no free "lunches." .....I'm certain the companies will cover their costs other ways.

My in-laws live in Portland, PA. ....Back in the late 1970's or early 1980's, their local power supplier (MetEd or PPL) sent out letters asking customers to conserve electricity, and offered tips on ways to conserve.

Several months later, a letter was sent out informing customers that due to decreased demand, the rates would have to be increased to cover operating costs.
This is exactly what I see happening. No one is using power during the day, better up rates to cover cost.

There are huge subsidies for wind and solar. The tax payers are paying part of the bill anyway, why not make it operate at a higher loss rate.
 

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There are no free "lunches." .....I'm certain the companies will cover their costs other ways.

My in-laws live in Portland, PA. ....Back in the late 1970's or early 1980's, their local power supplier (MetEd or PPL) sent out letters asking customers to conserve electricity, and offered tips on ways to conserve.

Several months later, a letter was sent out informing customers that due to decreased demand, the rates would have to be increased to cover operating costs.
That says it to a T... That's big gov. for ya... They want you to save .. BUT they still want their big profit from it all..
 

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@ chieffan... how much would you charge to risk your life working on 69, 000 volts. The flip side of that, you probably wont get reliable service with a high turnover $10/hr job.
 
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BTW; I read a similar article at work. The reasoning behind the free electricity is because apparently the wind blows more at night? The wind turbines are making so much power, at night, that is not being used (i.e. Wasted) They are trying to get Texans to change their mind set; this is all part of being green. Use the power when it is available; instead of generating it when it is not available.
 

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I kinda wonder at the "If we don't use it, we waste it" thought process...
With the improvements to batteries and inverters, why not store it?
Or pumping water into towers, or heating saltwater for heat energy storage or using the energy to incinerate hazardous waste that has to be destroyed that way. There are lots of possibilities. I'm sure even lots I'd never think about.
 
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