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Response to kristopher (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 12:22 AM

7. But they are talking about aggregated purchases

So it is not a crock.

The reality is that they couldn't make a case-by-case assessment. You'd have a bunch of relatively rich farmers getting a lot of money, and most of the population paying more for their power.

Years ago I tried to campaign for something like this, because I wanted to put a facility in at my farm. I live in GA, you know. Rural GA. On a farm. After several years of making an ass out of myself, I realized that the utility company was right. So here let me disclose:
A. I was an ass about this, in a very innocent and public spirited way.
B. When presented with proof that I was an ass, I conceded the undeniable reality. Unfortunately I was a hard-headed ass about this, so I did not actually concede the point until I created the simulation that proved that I was just about Ass of the Year in my county. It is a title that I am not proud to hold and that I do not list on my resume, but nonetheless is seared on my psyche.
C. That made me an erstwhile ass who is still trying to find a way to make this work in my area of GA.

If you limited this geographically to areas in which the population density were higher, and in which the net power install per existing line voltage was lower, it would work far better. But that's not what this bill does. That's its fatal flaw. This bill would allow a bunch of me-ish people, with the best intentions, to aggregate our production power across the state and negotiate as a unit. The power company wouldn't even get the data to know what they were buying.

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