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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Colorado Springs Utilities: Lighting

    I was in Home Depot yesterday and noticed that they had stacks of 60 watt equivalent LED bulbs priced at under $2.00 per bulb. I asked the clerk why the bulbs dropped in price so fast. He said the utility company is subsidizing the price. They have a decision coming up to build a new power plant (very expensive) or reduce electricity consumption. So their strategy is to get consumers to reduce electric consumption by incentivizing the use of LED bulbs.

    The bulbs I bought have the equivalent of 60 watts (800 lumens) for only 8 watts of power. And they last 10 years. I am now swapping out the last of my incandescent bulbs.

    The program is buying utility company time. With growth in renewables they may never have to build another plant as long as they can reduce consumption in the short term.

    Oh, CSU is a public owned utility. This is a win-win.

  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Did Trump approve this??? He can get even cheaper bulbs from Russia and fuel the power plant with coal from West Virginia. So sign an petition. Ha ha
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Pensacola, FL
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Colorado Springs Utilities: Lighting

    I was in Home Depot yesterday and noticed that they had stacks of 60 watt equivalent LED bulbs priced at under $2.00 per bulb. I asked the clerk why the bulbs dropped in price so fast. He said the utility company is subsidizing the price. They have a decision coming up to build a new power plant (very expensive) or reduce electricity consumption. So their strategy is to get consumers to reduce electric consumption by incentivizing the use of LED bulbs.

    The bulbs I bought have the equivalent of 60 watts (800 lumens) for only 8 watts of power. And they last 10 years. I am now swapping out the last of my incandescent bulbs.

    The program is buying utility company time. With growth in renewables they may never have to build another plant as long as they can reduce consumption in the short term.

    Oh, CSU is a public owned utility. This is a win-win.

    Public utility power plants can't lose. They can subsidize electricity and at the same time raise rates on the lower output to maintain budget. Nice response from the associate. I would be curios to hear the associates explanation how the subsidy was executed.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    I bought a lot of led bulbs about 24 months ago and paid far too much. I am glad you bought several at great prices. It's a green path that in general is a direction that we should all be heading in. I read a couple of weeks ago that Tesla has bought a company that makes solar shingles so you can have a house that looks 95% standard while being the newest form of solar. If I find a link I will share it. I am not trying to change subjects but I see it all as better living in a greener way via improved technology.

  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Actually, in MA you can buy them for less than a buck thanks to the utility's instant rebates. I just replaced about 25 of the r30 floods with LEDs for next to nothing. If I bought the same bulbs in NH (where I unfortunately live now) I would have paid $3 each instead of .89 and that price of $3 each includes a utility rebate in supposedly "tax free" NH - "Live, Freeze and Die" our stupid state motto (ok, it's really "Live Free or Die" even more stupid!
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Green energy is the future.

    bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-17/...

  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    The coal miners in WV would be better off if they has a solar panel factory up on top of the coal mines. At least they would have an ecologically and energy friendly product to sell that would actually improve life rather than destroy it as coal does.
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    Hopefully somebody who knows the governor of WV and/or Kentucky will read your suggestion because it's one of the best ideas I have heard in a long time. If such jobs were to happen (1 in 100 odds), I think ultimately if a worker was doing very well, they should be able to purchase products/panels to reduce the cost of life. Employment w/o black lung, reduced utilities paid each month would qualify for genuinely improved lives.