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where does your electricity come from?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by raven11, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. raven11

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    I received my "Environmental Disclosure" letter from my electric company. While there are 2-3 out of six nuclear power plants in the state near my home nuclear power only makes up 35% of the power I get while coal generates 50%.


    the local news talked about how the EPA regulations for 2013 might force some of the coal plants to shut down in our area and how energy prices might rise. I assumed I was safe from a rate change because I live a couple of miles from a nuclear power plant. I guess not
     
  2. Ragnar

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    My electricity comes from the wall outlet.
     

  3. Morris

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    mine comes from the electricity fairy, for free...:whistling:
     
  5. TucsonGlocker

    TucsonGlocker Young Gun

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    Mine comes from my neighbor's house.. A well placed 100' extension cord and voilà, I no longer have an electric bill! :tongueout:
     
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    jtull7 Pistolero CLM

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    With my neighboring states filing lawsuits over sulphur emissions and the acidifying their rain water, my power plants have switched from coal to natural gas.

    The ancient ones have shut down, just as they would have if coal burning wasn't becoming environmentally prohibitive.

    The coal mines in the Ohio valley are selling to China, they have no problems burning it and spewing tons of sulpher and mercury into their atmosphere.
     
  8. Ferdinandd

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    Mostly coal here in Ohio. We have plenty of the stuff.
     
  9. fwm

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    until the obama lead epa outlaws coal fired plants.
     
  10. DaneA

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    Dunno, I would presume nuclear or hydro since I have 3 nuke plants within 50 miles and a hydro plant about 2 miles up the street.
     
  11. SC Tiger

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    Beat me to it. :rofl:

    Seriously, probably the nuke plant (Oconee Nuclear Station) 10 miles away, though there is also a hydro plant about 20-30 miles away (Duke Power Bad Creek).

    ETA - I think FullClip is actually right about the power "mixing." IIRC there are three major power grids in the US - Eastern, Western, and Texas. I think Alaska buys their power from Canada.
     
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    Once the electricty from a power plant hits the grid, it "mixes" with all the other power plants, so unless you are on an island with only one source, you're getting a mix of sources.
    I haven't found anything in the USA that shows that mix in real time, but here is a link to the national grid in Spain, that shows in real time, what percentage of the total power on the grid is coming from what type of source.

    https://demanda.ree.es/demandaEng.html


    Had to use this a lot when I was over there testing new power plants to get a window where I could vary the load without causing too many problems for the dispatchers.
     
  13. Ironbar

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    100% Columbia River hydro.
     
  14. uptomyneck

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    I get most of my power from my PV panels.

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  15. mgs

    mgs Always Carrying Millennium Member

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    Coal, Natural Gas & a Nuke......I'm good with all. They get the job done. One is cleaner but more of a danger. All are dangerous if run by idots.
     
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    Whatever you use it gets from the power plant to your house by cable that was made in the USA by Union workers.
     
  17. .264 magnum

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    In Texas we have a stupid marketing ploy such that people may buy power from a company like Green Mountain Energy. GME make power from wind mostly and sells at a premium of course. End users may pay special and higher rates to buy from GME.

    The funny thing is most people - my neighbor being one - buys from GME. She is convinced that every electron alternation into her house comes from GME windmills. I gave up trying to explain long ago.
     
  18. Drain You

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    How unsightly and seemingly affected by wind that looks. I thought you put those down on the roof?
     
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    Hydro and wind farms.
     
  20. gjk5

    gjk5 Pinche Gringo

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    I've also never seen one mounted that high and we have a LOT of solar here.