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  1. NET METERING; Four reasons "Net-Metering" is no longer our friend...



    Fees not based on use

    Despite the recent plunge in the cost of distributed generation sources such as solar PV, the utility grid is still critical to maintaining our quality of life. The cost to maintain and upgrade this infrastructure should be borne by those that use it the most. Net Metering policies run contrary to this approach. Imagine two solar homes… home A manages it’s use to sync ...

    Updated 2014-06-23 at 10:22 AM by nwdiver

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    Energy and Environment , Featured
  2. Auto Industry Playing Dirty With Hydrogen

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    A crash course in self-defence for the environmentally conscious.


    If you have not yet been exposed to authoritative-looking green marketing for hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles, you will be.
    Here is a heads-up on some representative samples:


    California Fuel Cell Partnership.
    “The well-to-wheels reports show that hydrogen made from natural gas and used in a fuel cell vehicle reduces greenhouse gases (GHGs) ...

    Updated 2014-06-02 at 09:06 PM by Julian Cox

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    Tesla News , Model S , EV General , Energy and Environment , Featured
  3. A Comprehensive Review of Leading Tesla FUD Touchpoints

    This is lengthy piece originally published at investinaire.com and republished here by popular request.

    Topics covered:

    FUD artistry and definitions.
    Battery Safety Generally and Specifically in Relation to Tesla
    Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs)
    Battery Supply Constraint Myth
    Giga Factory Implications and Funding
    Realistic Sales/Production Projections
    Environmental Credentials
    GAAP and Non-GAAP
    Disruptive Technology Defined ...

    Updated 2013-12-18 at 12:36 PM by Julian Cox (getting .jpg to appear on screen)

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    Featured
  4. A single digit Holiday

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    Last year, my wife and I drove her sensible Ford Focus to Lombard, IL for the Thanksgiving holiday, from our home in Plymouth, MN. No matter what, I knew we were returning there in our Model S in 2013. I was pleased to see the Rockford, IL supercharger come online in September, and anxious about something in Wisconsin for the middle, but I knew Livewire could make it. After my summer camping trip to Wildcat Mountain State Park, I had acquainted myself with ...

    Updated 2013-12-17 at 10:41 AM by Vexar (grammar error.)

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    Model S , Roadtrip , Featured
  5. A spooky Halloween in Fargo

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    Shortly after my family and I completed our trip to Wildcat Mountain State Park, which was just past the rated range of our 60kWh Model S, I decided that seeing my close friend in Fargo was a realistic 227 mile drive from Plymouth, MN. For those of you who live a safe distance from Fargo, it is a cold and windy place, which makes range a lot harder to judge. After a few false starts for planning recreational activities that did not involve driving, ...

    Updated 2013-11-06 at 02:21 PM by Vexar (Raven wanted a bit of privacy.)

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    Model S , Roadtrip , Featured
  6. Cinematechs' Delivery

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    Well, It's been 3 Days since I've taken delivery. I can honestly say that, as excruciating as the wait was, it simply magnified my Tesla experience. The entire process from order to delivery has been excellent. Sure, there were a few bumps in the road that I would probably attest to TM being a fairly new company, but overall, it's been great. My favorite part of the purchase process was (aside from the car) the fact that I didn't have to deal with a typical ...
  7. Water, water everywhere....and a power update.

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    Continuing the story of our journey to go off-grid that started over here.

    Solar Hot Water

    Our local utility provider is pretty adamant that water heating contributes to approximately 28% of household power usage; that seems a little high to me but I'm guessing that they don't take into account households with electric vehicles. In any case, we got the option to apply for, and were granted, a $1,000 rebate for an additional solar ...

    Updated 2013-09-15 at 05:20 PM by NigelM

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    Energy and Environment , Featured
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