145 posts categorized "Energy"

September 21, 2011

Don’t Like Smart Meters; Opt Out at Your Own Expense

If you stand nine feet from a smart meter for twenty-four hours/day for a year and a half, you'll get about the same dose of radiation that you get during a ten minute cellphone call when you're holding the phone to your ear. (math below).

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August 29, 2011

Irene Lesson # 1 – Smart Grid Great for Power Restoration

At 1:36PM yesterday the lights went out for 1103 members of Vermont Electric Coop (VEC) in South Hero, including us at our summer place on the Lake. No surprise; tropical storm Irene was raging up Vermont. No need to call VEC in a panic, though; I could see immediately from More...

August 25, 2011

More Natural Gas or Less?

"Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas" is the headline of a New York Times story today on a report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

"USGS boosts amount of More...

August 14, 2011

A Good Use of Our Tax Dollars for Renewables

The solar hot water equipment being installed at the Highgate "affordable-housing" (subsidized housing) complex in Barre is a good use of our tax dollars whether looked at from an economic, environmental, or plain old good-governance point of view. According to More...

August 10, 2011

Lots of Live Discussion of the (High) Price of Solar Electricity

Is the price Vermonters pay for solar electricity too high and counter-productive? Or are the subsidies from ratepayers and taxpayers necessary to save the environment and the economy? I asserted "way too high" in a More...

August 01, 2011

How to Increase Your Electric Bill to $630 per Month

The opening of Vermont's largest solar farm last week demonstrates conclusively what a terrible bargain solar photovoltaic electricity at the current state of the industry is for Vermont. If we paid as much for all of our electricity as we pay for the electricity we get from the Chittenden Co More...

July 14, 2011

Interview on Common Sense Radio


4-01 CSR- 7-7-11, Tom Evslin

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June 26, 2011

Great News! There’s a Natural Gas Bubble

The New York Times lead story today is "Insiders Raise Alarm Amid a Rush for Natural Gas". This is wonderful news although the NYTimes doesn't think so. More...

June 22, 2011

Getting Less Than We Paid for from Efficiency Vermont

"It's good to get more than you pay for" (or something close to that) is the lead of a radio ad from Efficiency Vermont (EV) promoting the purchase of compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). We are urged to rush out and buy these bulb More...

May 11, 2011

Dems Call GOP Bluff on Oil Subsidies, Deficit

In his 2012 budget plan, President Obama proposed taking tax subsidies away from oil and using the money to subsidize "renewables". Further subsidies for the renewable energy industry would have been relatively easy for Republicans to vote against. But now Democratic Senators Robert Men More...

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