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Monday, January 14, 2008

Managing the inevitable

It is interesting that plug-in hybrids are finally coming to market, and I'm candidly wondering why the time to market has not destroyed the US auto industry?

After watching the video: Who Killed the electric car I gave some thoughts to the viability of the electric car, I look at the emergence of Tata's entry into the market and wonder? Is detroit yet again a dollar and a day late?

The initial article references a the plan to sell a plug-in hybrid, in essence a choice by consumers to fuel their drive to a local store on household electricity.

The video in full is about the California mandate to meet clean air standards, the automobile industry response to that mandate, and the subsequent state legislation that killed the electric car.

And finally, the tata video demonstrates a third world model of buying a car where the profit is in the car sale itself, instead of the US model of where financing is where automobile profits arise.

And the irony here is that the objections to tata are based on environmental reasoning, as if a cheap electric car is not the obvious solution?

Which takes me ontological to the state of California's legislation, the history of the electric car, and the question of who killed it!

Let me reply the answer is "greed killed the electric car" and will be the cause of millions of deaths globally as our markets are predicated on greed!

So lets discuss using the State of Maryland's own arguments as to why electric cars are bad, and why 'greed' is the basis of that argument.

Now you have to follow allong quickly folks as I'm going to jump technologies and discuss solar PVC technology and how legislation in Maryland similar to legislation in California have crippled the US economy and doomed millions to death!

In short a Home PVC Solar Powered grid-tied system makes this claim:

These systems are designed to sell power back to the utility company. Since there are no batteries they will only operate when utility power is available. These systems will offset your utility usage. With the correct size system it will earn you a credit during the day that you would consume at night.

But that is a categorical mis-statement!


Heretofore, we have examined net metering, as promulgated
in the M aryland law, solely from the standp oint of the electric
utility and the community as a whole. We have attempted to
show that under a prudently designed policy, which addresses
utility concerns, that net metering is far from an economic
burden, and depending on the methods of economic analysis
and accounting employed, may even benefit the utility and
ratepayers. However, the economic benefit to the consumer
metering is to the customer. The potential utility customer
cross-subsidy is also reduced. Conversely, an increasing
percentage put back onto the grid makes net metering more
valuable from the customer’s perspective. In Maryland,
however, the customer must size the system so as not to
produce excess solar electricity during the billing period as
the utility is under no obligation to allow credits to roll over to
the next bill.
.....Now I want to point out that the 'Probably the most likely reason utilities oppose net metering in their service areas is
that there is nothing in it for them except lost consumer
revenues, which they require to cover the fixed co sts of their
capital plant and equipment investments, including
transmission and distribution infrastructure. Some utilities
opine that paying retail prices for customer-generated
electricity is tantamount to a subsidy because retail prices also
include the costs of transmission and distribution,
administration, and profits in addition to a utilities' energy
generation cost. These utilities would suggest that their
avoided cost is the more appropriate reimbursement to these
The economic based concerns can be avoided, however, if the
total amount of consumer generation is limited to a small
percentage of a utility’s peak capacity. These concerns were
addressed in the Maryland 1997 net metering law, which
limits the total amount of PV that can be net-metered to 0.2%
of the utility peak load or approximately 34 megawatts

So to ERGO sum it up to you:

When you buy a hybrid plug-in according to the arguments of Constellation Energy Group, you are 'passing the cost of operating' that automobile on to your non-hybrid owning rate-payer. Now don't expect to hear this argument in the Maryland session, Constellation Energy Group doesn't really give a fuck about the 'externalities' of economic analysis, as far as they are concerned an old woman such as myself ought to damn well freeze as long as paying customers buy more electricity, at higher prices, with increased demand, while I Dee Illuminati search for a buyer of my vandalized car, eat catfood, and manage on a pensioners budget!

So lets look at the: "hooray for me screw you" business argument! I mean you have to read this in it's entirety and I suggest you do so, this is a crash course primer in Energy Policy and finance.

In the most recent legislation: PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. OF MARYLAND. TEN-YEAR PLAN. (2006 – 2015).

H. Net Metering in MarylandIn 1997, Maryland enacted legislation allowing net metering for residential customersand schools with qualified solar energy systems up to 80 kW in capacity. The limit on netmetering capacity is 34.7 MW, which is equal to 0.2% of Maryland’s adjusted peak-load forecast50Re Competitive Selection of Electricity Supplier/Standard Offer Service, 94 Md. PSC, 113, 286 (2003).
Page 65
60- -for 1998. Utilities must install a single, bi-directional meter at a customer’s facility and mustoffer net metering at no additional charge or increased electricity rate.Maryland’s net-metering law has been revised several times since its inception. In 2004,the law was expanded by including wind as an eligible technology, and by extending eligibilityto commercial facilities. In 2005, the law was expanded by including biomass as an eligibletechnology, as well as by increasing the maximum system capacity from 80 kW to 200 kW.Furthermore, generators may petition the Commission to allow net metering up to 500 kW.Senate Bill 167 enacted in April of 2006 made four additional changes to Maryland’s net-metering law, which took effect October 1, 2006:• Net metering is available to customers who operate leased solar, wind or biomass energysystems.• Net excess generation will be carried over to the customer’s next bill for up to 12 months.• For systems designed to generate more electricity than a customer consumes, the PSCmay require a dual meter capable of measuring electricity flow in two directions.•The PSC will develop a credit formula for systems designed to generate more electricitythan a customer consumes.

So lets ask this question, who you more afraid of? Some asshole muslim in a cave in Pakistan, or after watching the Video, who killed the electric car, and the looking at the arguments of the tata and pollution, consider the issue resolved with a plug-in hybrid, and then come to the conclusion that this is just a red-herring as the "Public Service Commission" similar to the "commission" in California, talks a good line about doing what the "public wants" but is instead only focused on creating monopolies for international business that "are not in your best interest!"

And here is the galling part, these electric companies were Co-Ops and built on tax dollars, and somehow the people that were supposed to manage these companies have created a scenario where they took that public ownership, transferred it to private ownership, use the argument of 'cost to rate-payers' to limit competition and promote scarcity, and then locate their coal power generation facilities in my back yard as they limit solar power, or any compensation of it, to their monopoly interests! Yeah, the electric companies are yelling we own the sun and have a monopoly to sell it's benevolence.

Unless you allow solar generators in excess of their consumption to sell at a fair market value, plug-in hybrids simply pass the costs in yet again another unsustainable economic model that promotes pollution and economic and political strife.

Who killed the electric car? Greed did! And you can damn well bet that when an electric car is sold in America it will be done in such a way as to ensure that the same group promoting instability and scarcity, war, hunger, and poverty will be in charge.

Folks I can't make this shit up.

Would you want to turn your rooftop into a 'money generating' opportunity? Would you like to actually sell to your neighbor for CASH electric? Well that isn't going to happen, and because of that fact, the Hybrid plug-in is not the answer, but instead a mirage of hope, as the coal and sulphur chokes your ridiculous asses in the future, the PSC of MD has spoken, we don't need no stinking sustainable development!

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