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  1. Why California’s Net Energy Metering Decision Matters

    California’s Public Utilities Commission (the CPUC) has rejected the requests of its three main investor owned utilities PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E to institute residential demand charges, grid access fees, installed capacity fees, standby fees, or similar fixed charges on Net Energy Metering (NEM) customers. Importantly, the CPUC has retained “Demand Charging” for non-residential customers.

    In establishing its successor Net Energy Metering (NEM) program, the CPUC followed California’s ...
  2. Supercharger locations with PowerPacks

    Mammoth Mountain CA is the first supercharging station I have seen that has Tesla PowerPacks. I've seen others that have large bi-directional battery packs. If anyone has seen others that have Tesla PowerPacks please post the location here along with photo evidence. Thanks. Here is a picture of the Tesla PowerPacks at Mamouth Mountain CA copied from that thread.
    It's of interest because it is one more component in Teslamotors statagey to reduce C02, keeping with their mission statement: a ...
  3. Road TRIP Report

    Travel from Sacramento to Houston with Model S

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    Updated 2015-09-07 at 08:29 AM by VirtualE

    Model S , Ownership Experience , Roadtrip , Featured
  4. Washing Your Model S with A "No-Rinse" Product

    With water restrictions becoming the norm in a lot of places (and I guess winter weather in other places), I thought I would share my experiences with no-rise wash products. I have to admit I was dubious of the whole concept and believed I might as well take sandpaper to the finish of my car. However, after doing this for a year, it has become my preferred approach.

    A couple of disclaimers: ...

    Updated 2015-08-17 at 03:07 PM by omarsultan

    Model S , EV General , Ownership Experience , Featured
  5. Random Ramblings on 20 Months of Model S Ownership - Part II

    First Roadtrip (Continued from Part I)

    The Supercharging experience literally changed the way I viewed the EV experience in less than an hour. I plugged in with 37 rated miles remaining and immediately started charging at 120 kW. Watching the rated miles tick up at that rate finally gave me the realization that electric vehicles could very well be the preferred transportation choice of the future - and it was here now. I realized in an instant that when Tesla finished the build out ...
  6. Random Ramblings on 20 Months of Model S Ownership - Part I

    My Tesla Model S journey started in early 2013. I had been casually watching Tesla since the first photos of Model S prototypes were published but in early 2013 I realized this car was for real and you could order it now.

    I do not consider myself particularly "green". However, I am a car enthusiast and a technology geek. I installed an 8 kW photo voltaic solar system on my roof in the summer of 2013 because I am fascinated with the technology that allows energy from the ...

    Updated 2015-03-06 at 08:33 PM by NOLA_Mike

    Model S , EV General , Ownership Experience , Roadtrip
  7. Cold Weather Driving

    I'm currently driving my Model S through its third Canadian winter. I thought it might be helpful to discuss some of my "lessons learned" about driving the Model S in the cold.

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    Feeling a little cold soaked...

    Model S Performance in the Cold

    You can walk up to your totally cold soaked car, hop in, and drive away. You don't need to warm it up. It won't chug and cough like a gas car; it'll just glide away. The ...

    Updated 2015-03-10 at 09:12 PM by Doug_G

    Model S , Ownership Experience , Featured
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