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  • Shelia Thorne
    What will time and slow progress in alternate fuel sources do to our wallets?   See full article  
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 28, 2012
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      What will time and slow progress in alternate fuel sources do to our wallets?
      See full article
      In fact, NRG, the state’s biggest power producer, just agreed to spend $1.7 billion for Houston-based GenOn, another generating company. NRG President David Crane hailed it as “a new era of scale, scope, and market and fuel diversification in the competitive power industry,” but it’s unlikely to bring many of those benefits to Texas.
      Crane, in a conference call with reporters, said the merger won’t result in new generation here.
      “We stand ready at our sites to build more as soon as pricing tells us it’s time to build,” he said. “The pricing point hasn’t been there yet.”
      Don’t expect it to get there anytime soon.
      The PUC already has indicated it intends to double the cap on wholesale rates again
      next year. If you were NRG, would you be in a rush to build generation when you know you have the potential to sell power at double the current price limits next year?

      From: "hreg@yahoogroups.com" <hreg@yahoogroups.com>
      To: hreg@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, July 27, 2012 11:11 AM
      Subject: [hreg] Digest Number 2979

      1 New Message

      Digest #2979
      Re: 400 M-Watt in San Antonio by "Alyssa Burgin" aburgin4peace


      Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:28 am (PDT) . Posted by:

      "Alyssa Burgin" aburgin4peace

      Lanny accepted an invitation to speak in Corpus Christi on this topic, an
      engagement I had arranged. The audience quickly identified two sticking
      points for CC's implementation of the same ideas. One, the fact that SA has
      a public-owned utility, but just as important, the financial arrangements
      put together with Frost Bank and SACU. Lanny hinted strongly that if a
      local bank could be convinced to guarantee financing, both for large-scale
      projects and for individual homeowner applications, then the deal would be
      well on its way to completion.

      Bill Sinkin has had a long lifetime to establish the kind of personal and
      professional connections necessary to make those arrangements possible. If
      anyone can think of someone with the kind of clout in Houston to help push
      things through, that would be a big first step.

      Alyssa Burgin

      On Thursday, July 26, 2012, William Swann <mailto:william.swann2%40gmail.com> wrote:
      > We'll, what can we do to change policy in this area. I'm an engineer, so
      man made limitations fall into the non-deterministic realm.
      > "Deterministic" , per Wikipedia - In mathematics and physics, a
      deterministic system is a system in which no randomness is involved in the
      development of future states of the system.
      > On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM, Alyssa Burgin <mailto:aburgin4peace%40gmail.com>
      > Kevin is absolutely correct. The projects in San Antonio are directly
      attributable to the work of Lanny and his amazing 99-year-old father,
      Bill. I wish their enthusiasm and dedication could be exported elsewhere.
      > Alyssa Burgin
      > On Jul 26, 2012 9:33 AM, "kevin conlin" <mailto:kevin%40heliosolardesign.com>
      > Let’s not overlook the persistence and incredible efforts made by Bill
      and Lanny Sinkin and Solar San Antonio over many years to make this happen
      > Their alliance with CPS and the San Antonio Credit Union has resulted in
      a very dynamic market, this didn’t happen by itself
      > Kevin Conlin
      > Heliosolar Design Inc
      > 13534 Quetzal
      > Houston TX 77083-3525
      > mailto:kevin%40heliosolardesign.com
      > 281 202 9629
      > From: mailto:hreg%40yahoogroups.com [mailto:mailto:hreg%40yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
      James Cargas
      > Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2012 1:22 AM
      > To: mailto:hreg%40yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [hreg] 400 M-Watt in San Antonio
      > The primary limitations are man-made. San Antonio has a single public
      power company, CPS. Houston is a deregulated market. SA can spread the
      slightly higher cost of solar over all rate payers so that it becomes a
      meaningless costs. In Houston, the ratepayer buying the solar bears all of
      the cost, eventhough his or her neighbors also get to breath the clean air.
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: William S <mailto:william.swann2%40gmail.com>
      > To: hreg <mailto:hreg%40yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 3:12 pm
      > Subject: [hreg] 400 M-Watt in San Antonio
      > I note that San Antonio has moved a step closer to building 400
      M-Watts of
      > PV. What would it take to promote such an undertaking in Houston? The
      > difference in insolation, between Houston and SA favors SA by only 14%.
      Is that
      > a deal breaker? See<
      > --
      > Thanks, Bill S
      > Ph 832-338-3080
      > www.watt-tracker. com
      > www.promotingevs. com

      *Alyssa Burgin
      Executive Director
      Texas Drought Project

      16306 Buena Tierra
      San Antonio, Texas 78232
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