PPL shifts its focus to Senate on climate bill

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With a landmark climate bill past the U.S. House, PPL and other energy companies have turned their attention toward the Senate in hopes of easing provisions that call for expanded use of renewable energies and significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

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DEPRESSED

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Jun 30, 2009
 
Scr*w the oil, solar, and wind, go nuclear. It's proven safe with the advances in technology, and would provide jobs country wide. Big oil is still calling the shots.
Bitter Pennsyltuckian

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Jun 30, 2009
 
DEPRESSED wrote:
Scr*w the oil, solar, and wind, go nuclear. It's proven safe with the advances in technology, and would provide jobs country wide. Big oil is still calling the shots.
Right on! GO GREEN - GO NUCLEAR!!!
idlemyndz

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Jun 30, 2009
 
Funny how the government tells the utilities what to do but doesn't bother to evaluate the consequences... these changes cost money! Guess who has to pay it... Just like deregulation...
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Jun 30, 2009
 
DEPRESSED wrote:
Scr*w the oil, solar, and wind, go nuclear. It's proven safe with the advances in technology, and would provide jobs country wide. Big oil is still calling the shots.
yawn
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Jun 30, 2009
 
Bitter Pennsyltuckian wrote:
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Right on! GO GREEN - GO NUCLEAR!!!
second yawn
Shane

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Jun 30, 2009
 
$175 to help save the planet... hmmm, let's take 2 months to debate this? Get with the program Charlie Dent, stop standing in the way of change.
solar1

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Jul 2, 2009
 
idlemyndz wrote:
Funny how the government tells the utilities what to do but doesn't bother to evaluate the consequences... these changes cost money! Guess who has to pay it... Just like deregulation...
consequences? Obviously, you have no idea how this works. These utilities are owned by shareholders. They have one goal. Make electricity as cheaply as they can and mark it up as much as the public utilities comission will allow. Solar and Wind for the home and business owner takes away their ability to maximize those profits in two ways. One, the utility is losing your business off its bottom line. A typical solar or wind system cuts a home's electric bill by 50%. Multiply this by 1000's of customers in a respective territory and you are losing money. The other way the utilities lose money is they still need to hit the thresholds for renewable energy set by the PUC. If 20% of that power has to come from renewables then they need to make or BUY that green power from someplace. In most states the utilities receive a significant percentage of their 'green' power from the homeowners in form of alternative energy credits. Every solar and wind system is rated for a certain performance threshold in a given area of the country. for every kWh of production the utility can buy back that green power in 1,000 kWh blocks. This is called a green tag or renewable energy credit. A average solar system in PA produces between 5 and 10 green tags a year. The going rate for a green tag in PA is about 22 1/2 cents a kWh OR 225.00 a green tag. In New Jersey where they have more aggressive renewable energy standards that price is now in the 600's per green tag. So, as you can see the utilities really do not want to see a major influx of solar installed in their territories as it will definitely be chopping up profits. When the rate caps expire next year our PA utilities are going to be smiling ear to ear and we will be paying double what we have been paying for juice in the next 5 to 7 years-I tell you that much.

So this is what is coming down the pike-you have the power companies who are maximizing profits by making the dirtiest and cheapest power they can and you have the smart homeowners adopting solar and wind now so that they can make the bulk of their home's energy on their own. Its about money-not so much the environment.

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Jul 2, 2009
 
The climate bill barely mentions nuclear power, it does nothing to encourage nuclear power.
idlemyndz

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Jul 2, 2009
 
solar1 wrote:
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consequences? Obviously, you have no idea how this works.......
My point regarding consequences was that government's choices cause us to pay more for electricity. I understand the concept of solar. You do have some interesting points and I thank you for some facts I was not aware of. Although, I do understand how the rate cap issue works as well as capitalism. My underlying point was that government has too much control and their decisions are causing financial strain.

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