Since wind farms have killed more people than nuclear power plants, should wind farms be outlawed?

Question by Patches O’Houlihan: Since wind farms have killed more people than nuclear power plants, should wind farms be outlawed?
Can it possibly get any better? A sacred “green energy” boondoggle of the left has killed more people in the U.S. than nuclear power plants. Made my day when I heard that.

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Answer by Libs, Zero Tolerance
As soon as we outlaw planes, trains, and automobiles.

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Q&A: How do I power a lighting fixture with a wind turbine?

Question by starzzguitar: How do I power a lighting fixture with a wind turbine?
I don’t need a lecture on the wonders of “green energy”, the benefits, blah, blah, blah. I am not hooking up to the “power grid” and I really don’t care about the “community”. I want a nuts and bolts answer. I’m making a small vertical spin wind turbine, and I just want to power one or two security lights. No, I don’t want to use solar power, too unreliable. What kind of generator and voltage regulator do I need? Do I need storage batteries? Wiring? Etc. Thanks!

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Answer by Tex
Gee this info is available all over the net, so why bother us, Just search for wind turbine or wind power and you will get hundreds of thousands of responses, maybe even millions. It will be a lot easier for you to read it somewhere than for me to try to explain.

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what is the cheapest energy company in beeville tx cpl, txu, first choice power?

Question by george lopez: what is the cheapest energy company in beeville tx cpl, txu, first choice power?

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Answer by Judge Roy Scream
I used Gexa. They give one airline mile for every dollar on my electric bill. You should call and ask them for special offers.

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Q&A: Does anyone have Texas power as their electricity provider, and if so are they any good?

Question by NINA: Does anyone have Texas power as their electricity provider, and if so are they any good?
im currently looking for an electric provider for my apartment. they were recommended to me so i just wanted to get feed back on customer service, if anyone had issues stuff of that nature. thanks

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Answer by Mark Powers
AUSTIN – Flaws in the state’s developing electric deregulation market apparently led to millions of dollars in unearned revenue for several Texas energy companies, according to a review by regulators.

The unearned revenue came not through making savvy deals, such as cheaply purchasing wholesale power. Rather, a quirk in the new market system rewarded companies for incorrectly projecting their own energy needs, according to the review.

Regulators say it remains unclear whether these companies had some legitimate reason for the missed forecasts, or whether they deliberately took advantage of the system to unfairly profit from it. Left unchecked, however, the behavior could eventually drive up residential electric bills, analysts say.

“If someone is gaming the system, there is a transfer of money going on without any economic justification for it – and the commission is concerned about that,” said Parviz Adib, director of the market oversight division of the Texas Public Utility Commission.

Citing confidentiality agreements, Adib would not identify the companies. He said the companies are not traditional power utilities such as TXU or Houston’s Reliant, but rather “qualified scheduling entities” that act as middlemen between electric utilities or retailers and the Texas power grid.

Of 46 QSEs operating in Texas, six received at least $ 1 million in credits as a direct result of missed projections, according to Adib’s review. The PUC economist analyzed their forecasting behavior during a 15-day period last August, shortly after Texas switched over to a new electricity trading system under the deregulation law.

In some cases, the magnitude of error was stunning. One company consistently missed by 5 percent to 45 percent, another by 150 percent to 300 percent, and a third by 75,000 percent to 400,000 percent, according to the analysis.

“That’s very, very high – and you can’t justify it,” said Adib, although he emphasized that he is not accusing any company of deliberately misusing the system. He said new market rules under development by operators of the Texas power grid can reduce – but not eliminate – the problem.

Clarence Johnson, an analyst with a state agency that represents consumer interests before the PUC, said the dramatic errors should raise red flags. Left unchecked, he said, such behavior can increase the cost of electricity for all Texans and even undermine the stability of the power grid.

“And even if the period of time we’ve looked at is fairly brief, it could be a symptom … that develops into a more severe problem in the future – and with more significant cost impacts in the future,” said Johnson, an analyst with the Office of Public Utility Counsel.

The gaming opportunities arise from rules governing the behavior of QSEs, which act on behalf of power companies by scheduling their electricity transmission through the power grid.

Under market rules, QSEs must project in advance how much electricity their clients expect to acquire or generate in any given day, as well as how much electricity their clients’ customers expect to consume. The Texas power grid uses these projections to prevent blackouts, as even a brief imbalance between consumption and generation destabilizes the grid.

The power grid pays money to QSEs that consume less energy than they project and assess charges against QSEs that produce less energy than they project. Typically, these credits and charges cancel one another so a given QSE would receive neither a significant benefit nor a significant loss by deviating from their projections.

But under certain circumstances – for instance, during periods when power must pass over potentially overburdened transmission lines – missed projections can generate net revenues for a QSE.

Experienced energy schedulers working on behalf of these entities likely can predict these special circumstances. The concern is that schedulers intentionally project more energy than needed during crucial periods and thereby generate extra revenues.

“The concern is both one of reliability – having the power available when you need it – and the potential for volatile price spikes,” said Johnson, of the Office of Public Utility Counsel. “Ultimately, in the long run, it would also increase the cost of power for everyone. It may take an indirect route to the consumer, but ultimately, it gets to the consumer.”

The problem also appears related to disputed charges borne by the state’s municipally owned utilities. Those charges peaked last summer – during days of high electricity use, when transmission lines became overburdened – and could peak again next summer.

Some representatives of municipally owned utilities have complained bitterly about the charges, saying they did not exist prior to switching to the new deregulated market. These independent utilities have not opted into Texas deregulation but complain that they must still bear some of its costs.

The issue also has drawn the attention of state lawmakers. State Rep. Steve Wolens, the Dallas Democrat who co-authored the electric deregulation law, said lawmakers will review the issue during hearings next year.

He expressed hope, however, that new rules under development by the Texas power grid will help alleviate the problem. Under the new rules, QSEs that schedule power in such a way as to overburden transmission lines would make additional payments to the grid.

Those rules should be complete by February.

However, Adib said the new rules will do nothing to correct other contributing factors, such as a general shortage of transmission lines in Texas. “And there is no way to design a perfect system – there is no way to design a system that is completely game proof,” he said.

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Is Nevada still the leading state in green energy? Does the state us nuclear power at all?

Question by Spikey lover: Is Nevada still the leading state in green energy? Does the state us nuclear power at all?
I can’t seem to find any websites that refer to Nevada’s main power source. I’m pretty sure that Nevada doesn’t use nuclear power at all. I need the websites you get your info off of because I’m doing this for my final English essay of the semester.

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Answer by Gourdman
Nevada’s main power source is probably hydroelectricity from Hoover Dam.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_Dam

I don’t know if the state has nuclear power plants, but it does host the biggest nuclear waste dump in the country at Yucca Mountain. Not too green, in my opinion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_Mountain_nuclear_waste_repository

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Texas power recommendations?

Question by Jeff P: Texas power recommendations?
I’m moving to Texas soon and need to set up my electricity. Called TXU and they wanted an outrageous deposit. My apartment complex gave me a list of other providers, but I know absolutely nothing about them. Any suggestions, comments, etc would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

STREAM
RELIANT
AMIGO
GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY
FIRST CHOICE POWER
BOUNCE ENERGY

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Answer by T.J.
Go to www.powertochoose.org.
Type in your new zip code and they will give you quotes on all the electrical providers. Choose the cheapest one. It is usually best to sign up for a long term contract of a year or more. Never sign up for a month to month plan because they will raise the rate and you will be paying double what everybody else is paying.

You are really just choosing what price you want to pay and who is going to be sending you the bill. It has no effect on who services your power lines, that is a seperate company that does all the power in your area. So there is no reason to pay more for the same service, go with the cheapest one.

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Which power company in Mesquite has the best rates?

Question by aditi3333: Which power company in Mesquite has the best rates?
Will be relocating to Mesquite, Texas next week and need to pick an electric service but want one with good rates and that has a good reputation. There are many to choose from does anyone have any experiences with TXU, Reliant Energy, Green Mountain, or Texas Power. And what are the major differences between green and non-green as well as positives and negatives? Thank you

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Answer by Jools
Go to www.powertochoose.org, that’s a starting point.

I had TXU, and they were absolutely the worst as far as customer service.

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Does Houston gets its power from the nuclear power plant in bay city?

Question by Brady: Does Houston gets its power from the nuclear power plant in bay city?
I live west of houston and use TXU energy.

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Answer by T.J.
Houston power comes from a many sources. Some of it from the Bay City nuclear plant, but the majority is from natural gas fired generators. Power in the houston area is delivered to your home by Centerpoint Energy. TXU and a variety of other companies sell the power at different rates, but it all comes from the Centerpoint Energy power grid.

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