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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Utility Scale Solar Is NOT Cheaper Than Residential Solar

The utilities would like for you to believe that they can do solar cheaper than you. But, it's not true.

Questioning Solar Energy Economies of Scale, 2014 Edition points out that while installing solar arrays is cheaper in quantity, the cost of delivering that power to consumers eats up all of the cost savings over residential solar. Undoubtedly, the utilities are fighting for their lives with customers defecting from the grid more and more by installing solar+storage on their rooftops and cutting the cord. Utilities want to convince politicians that they know what's best for consumers and make it illegal for individuals to switch to distributed generation of electricity. And, they're going to lie to protect their monopoly.

Yet more reason that consumers should demand government subsidies to help install their own solar panels and batteries to cut the cord with the electric utilities.

The Latest Government Lies About Climate Change

Everybody has their conspiracy theories. Like, for instance, why the government is lowballing the odds of climate change wiping out life on earth.

Last week, the EPA released a report which lowballed the effect methane gas has on Global Warming. According to How The EPA And New York Times Are Getting Methane All Wrong by Joe Romm, the 100-year Global Warming Potential (GWP) of methane is 34, but the government tells us it's just 25, a figure that's 20 years out-of-date. He shows that the EPA knows that figure is out of date and uses it anyway. That means the government is underplaying the potential for methane gas to exacerbate the problems caused by CO2 in warming the planet.

The big question is whether the EPA is protecting the oil and gas industry by lowballing the facts? It certainly looks like it. Put that possibility on the table, along with the fact that Shell has been recently permitted to resume its Arctic Ocean drilling operations and the fact is that the government is not trying to limit the damage from greenhouse gasses—it's trying to protect the big polluters who are likely bribing government bureaucrats.

And, once again, the truth is that the government is not the solution to climate change. It's part of the problem. It will be up to private citizens to act to end climate change, not the public officials who are secretly being enriched by the 1%.