Thursday, November 12, 2015

New video produced by FPL on cost of energy in your home and a silver lining for residents of Lake Worth

Electricity in the City of Lake Worth and some neighboring communities is more expensive than FPL because, if you're not aware, the City has its own electric utility. The trend of late is lowered electric bills to attempt parity, or as close as possible to parity, with FPL. The five elected members of the city commission essentially are their own utility board and they can raise or lower rates depending on which way the political winds are blowing at the time.

But if electric rates spike up you can soften the blow and protect your family by having clean, affordable, and stable natural gas service for your home; learn how here. All it takes is a future election in the City of Lake Worth with three elected's who all agree they want more of your cash and your electric bill is going to spike up; it's as simple as that.

If your electricity service comes from FPL you'll be excited about this news:

If you believe natural gas is the wrong way to provide energy to Florida's residents and believe solar and wind are the better options then you'll find the video below interesting (note the video was released on Oct. 19th and has almost 560,000 views already):


Anonymous said...

While we know it is more expensive to get energy from solar and wind, it is much cleaner than coal or even natural gas. The piece seemed slanted toward the traditional suppliers of energy.

One type of solar energy that was not mentioned in the piece is solar for hot water. The initial cost is high but pays for itself quickly, especially in areas where electricity cost is high. Solar for hot water should be used on a much wider basis. It would take a huge load off the electric distribution system and pollutes zero emissions.

If Lake Worth could utilize a large percentage of flat roof space for photo-voltaic panels to supplement what we need to buy from Orlando AND plan for new generation to run off the $64,000 per month gas pipe we are already paying for, we might be able to become self sufficient. Having a greener city would be a selling point.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 9:18 misses the point. Solar & wind energy relies on mined rare earth metals gotten by mining. Just because you don't see the Earth being destroyed to manufacture your fancy hot water heater doesn't mean it not happening. Plus how much of that backbreaking labor is by prison laborers and political prisoners or workers forced to work 12 hours a day for pennies? Out of sight out of mind I guess.

Russ said...

Solar water heating doesn't need to be expensive, the simplest being siphon systems which are common in the Caribbean. DIY set-ups that use no power other than the sun can be built for under $300. Of course, WH manufacturers and power suppliers have every reason to lobby against incentives for professional systems, and the handful of companies that install them charge dearly. So, the well-off can afford to save money on heating water long term while the poor are left to pay more.

Lake Worth Utilities SHOULD be a distribution co-operative, and every city resident would be better off if it were operated as such. Unfortunately, we're shareholders without a vote in how our utility functions. Utility Co-ops are usually rural, but some small cities have been successful by thinking outside the box with progressive supply/distribution models, using both solar and wind. We aren't in a region where wind makes sense, but imagine a scenario where the utility installed 2kW panels on two, three, or four thousand homes. A program like that could rapidly expand to 10,000 or more residences (and businesses) and all it takes is a willingness to approach distribution in a different way. Yes, initial costs are relatively high, but it's still cheaper than constructing new generation plants and such systems pay for themselves quickly. An obvious benefit: daytime peak demand on fossil fuel generation is lessened considerably.

A handful of homeowners in LW have PV systems and all will tell you it's worth the investment. Our 7kW system paid for itself in just four years... and cuts our electric bill by up to 80%.

Russ said...

PS: Anon@2:00's straw man arguments are typical. WND reader?

The mining required to produce an electric or gas water heater isn't going away, either. A simple solar system isn't composed of much more than a tank and collector that can both be made of small-footprint materials. BTW, photo-voltaic cells have a robust working life that far outweighs the energy units to produce them. Unlike the energy units wasted on oil or tar sand extraction... and let's not forget the true cost of corn ethanol.

Anonymous said...

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