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    Just switched my house to 100% wind power

    Being a closet tree hugger, I thought this was cool... The big utility companies in the DC area have been hiking rates for a while now, and for the first time it's actually CHEAPER to switch to wind power. There's a company called Clean Currents that sells green energy from wind farms and makes it available through your electric company.

    It'll actually save us a couple bucks a month on our electric bill too... Just thought it was kinda cool.

    https://www.cleancurrents.com/index....=104&Itemid=88
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    That is extremely cool!


    how goes the triathlons?
    and the parenting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgoat View Post
    That is extremely cool!


    how goes the triathlons?
    and the parenting?
    Hehe... still trying to find a balance between the parenting and, well, evetrything else.

    I shook off the cobwebs of the winter, 3 months of an insanely busy surgical oncology rotation, and a new baby, and got some good miles in running this week. Hoping to hop on the bike this weekend. As it stands right now I'm WAAAAAAAY out of shape. No tri's till I can fit into my wetsuit again... I THINK that was a joke. I'll have to check.
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    This thread blows.



    Good job Pete.

    One downfall to wind power is what it is doing to some really amazing landscapes. It used to be cool to drive through the mesa's in west Texas. Now it is just a journey through a maze of gigantic arm twirling robots.
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    That is really cool Dr Pete. I have been looking into alternative energy for my home. I have one question how do you know or how does it work that you are only getting power from the wind farm? I can't imagine they hooked you up to a separate grid. Did you ask them this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
    Hehe... still trying to find a balance between the parenting and, well, evetrything else.

    I shook off the cobwebs of the winter, 3 months of an insanely busy surgical oncology rotation, and a new baby, and got some good miles in running this week. Hoping to hop on the bike this weekend. As it stands right now I'm WAAAAAAAY out of shape. No tri's till I can fit into my wetsuit again... I THINK that was a joke. I'll have to check.
    You know, you should try to be more busy. It's not good to sit around idly too much
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    Awesome Dr. Pete.


    How's that new baby doing? I don't think we ever saw 'official' pictures did we?
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    We have a couple around here. Most notably one in an outlying town - where it's highly visible from a main road - powers a small company - selling some power back to the power company too.

    Several other towns - mostly old farm communities where many of the farms are shutting down, selling off property, etc - are fighting tooth and nail against having a small field of these things in there. I mean - what's wrong with them? One town especially is known for its cabbages - and at times in the Fall there will be hills of rotting cabbages. Guess those are more eye appealing that the cheaper power sources.

    <shakes head in amazement>

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    Quote Originally Posted by hos13 View Post
    I have one question how do you know or how does it work that you are only getting power from the wind farm? I can't imagine they hooked you up to a separate grid. Did you ask them this?
    Yeah, how does the electricity know who you're sending your check to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Yeah, how does the electricity know who you're sending your check to?
    He pay the bill electronically, duh!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hos13 View Post
    That is really cool Dr Pete. I have been looking into alternative energy for my home. I have one question how do you know or how does it work that you are only getting power from the wind farm? I can't imagine they hooked you up to a separate grid. Did you ask them this?
    No, it's not a separate grid--they basically buy your power in the form of RECs (renewable energy credits), which is clean energy that's pumped into the grid based on how much you use. So there's no way to actually track the electrons coming from the wind farm, but by buying the wind farm's electricity you're effectively making your slice of the pie "clean."

    So no, I'm not plugged into a windmill, but 100% of what I consume every month is pumped into the grid from a wind farm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    This thread blows.



    Good job Pete.

    One downfall to wind power is what it is doing to some really amazing landscapes. It used to be cool to drive through the mesa's in west Texas. Now it is just a journey through a maze of gigantic arm twirling robots.
    No worse than the oil wells, topped mountains (for coal mining) or for that matter, the string of cars...

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    No worse than the oil wells, topped mountains (for coal mining) or for that matter, the string of cars...
    I don't know--somehow I find windmills sort of aesthetically pleasing, almost relaxing.
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    There is a green energy expo making the rounds - we're going next month. Looking forward to checking this stuff out more closely!
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    I did this about 6 months ago. I actually pay more for wind only, but I feel like I'm setting the example and encouraging the company to invest in more wind. Several people I've told about this have switched too.

    Good for you Doc Pete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwrides View Post
    I did this about 6 months ago. I actually pay more for wind only,
    Same here, on both counts.

    I saw a windmill farm in the CA central valley 10-15 yrs ago, pretty impressive. And the new carbon-fiber arms are gi-freaking-normous, they go through the port in town here. One flatbed truck per blade:




    I don't know if the blade only weighs 10# or whatever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
    No, it's not a separate grid--they basically buy your power in the form of RECs (renewable energy credits), which is clean energy that's pumped into the grid based on how much you use. So there's no way to actually track the electrons coming from the wind farm, but by buying the wind farm's electricity you're effectively making your slice of the pie "clean."

    So no, I'm not plugged into a windmill, but 100% of what I consume every month is pumped into the grid from a wind farm.
    Yeah, that is what I was wonding, still very cool

    Congrats on being a new Dad, now get some sleep.
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    I'm glad it works for you.

    too bad solar, wind or hydro is not an option in some parts of the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    I'm glad it works for you.

    too bad solar, wind or hydro is not an option in some parts of the world.
    True--kind of a shame it's a very limited list of markets where this is available. Hopefully it'll change with time.
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    Thanks for sharing. I am going to switch tonight when I have my BGE bill in front of me. I hate BGE.
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    Cool.

    I've been rethinking my view on the feasibility of windpower in this area. I used to think we didn't have enough wind to make it practical. But it seems every time I've been out on the bike this winter I'm greeted by a 10-20 mph headwind.

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    ESPN made the switch to an EPO energy source a few years back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    I'm glad it works for you.

    too bad solar, wind or hydro is not an option in some parts of the world.
    Ours actually has solar and low-impact hydro components:

    http://www.pse.com/energyEnvironment...Resources.aspx

    (the default is about half high-impact hydro, think Columbia River=string of lakes)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1fluffhead View Post
    Thanks for sharing. I am going to switch tonight when I have my BGE bill in front of me. I hate BGE.
    You don't switch from BGE for the delivery, though. They're still the ones that do all the billing/service/support/etc.

    But still, it somehow helps you feel like they're not getting AS much money, doesn't it?
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    Read the fine print, the price is only lower for the summer months, plus you are locking in a price for 12 months. This could be a good deal, or could be like locking in gasoline for only $4.00/gallon for all of of 2009.

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