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Re: “Do utility 'connect fees' unfairly punish smaller users?

Many in the Energy Industry are coming out against home-based renewables and net metering, because they claim that we use the grid as our battery for free. The Grid-access fee is how we pay our portion of the grid maintenance, whether we personally have net metering or not. I have no problem with the fee, and would rather have my bill broken out this way, as it promotes renewable sustainability. Do some research on the subject and get back to us.

Mountain View Electric is a great co-op, and a great model for how electric utilities should run in the interest of a community rather than for shareholders (or overly expensive monopolies like Colorado Springs Utilities).

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Posted by LocalBeer4All on 07/01/2015 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Do utility 'connect fees' unfairly punish smaller users?

As a homeowner in Peyton, cutting their overpriced cord is one of the first things I plan to do. Especially with the new wind farm going up that, newsflash, cuts right through the town and provides 0 benefit to the town's electric customers in the process.

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Posted by Thomas Shea on 07/01/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Mad Max rides into the West

Mad Max: Fury Road, was nothing but another brainwashing exercise, dressed in the usual attention deficit disorder genre of today's movie media.

Do not be told what to think. Think and act according to your own experiences/values.

Posted by CSIndyReader on 06/29/2015 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Pikes Peak-area farmers markets for summer 2015

Just went to the Monday Mining Museum, one stand does not make a market :(

Posted by Brooke Allen on 06/29/2015 at 9:59 AM

Re: “From A to Za

Karl Ray brings up a really good point. There have been quite a few roach coaches rolling around here for years before it became hip.
What was the criteria here to be included?

Posted by Jah Dave on 06/16/2015 at 1:01 AM

Re: “From A to Za

How about La Flor de Jalisco, usually found in the parking lot in front of Rampart Plumbing and Heating Supply? Great tacos and ceviche. Everyone grabs lunch there. Or is that not hoidy toidy enough for the Indy?

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Posted by Karl Ray on 06/15/2015 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Water savings and stronger crops are just a worm's poop away

This is not a bad article, but the comments regarding how to balance the nutrients in a garden are too simplistic. Every remediation starts with a GOOD soil test, ideally conducted by a commercial lab. I'm not a big fan of land grant university soil testing labs. They don't charge much, but then they don't tell you much either.

Test the soil, amend the needed minerals according to the analysis, spread either an organic soil amendment like worm castings or an organic fertilizer like Mighty Grow, on TOP of the ground and then cover with wheat straw. This will preserve moisture, lower the soil temp during the heat of summer AND provide the perfect environment to grow your own earthworms.

And the wheat straw naturally suppresses weeds, all the while breaking down into rich top soil. Gardening does not have to be hard. We as gardeners just make it that way.

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Posted by Michael La Belle on 06/11/2015 at 7:04 AM

Re: “Tread on me

well, they were less crowded, lol would it be wrong to also tell them that these are horrible trails, they're even more crowded, washed out, or something like that? Just cause, you know....

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Posted by Jeff DeWitt on 06/09/2015 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Tesla's new home battery aims to fill a missing link to integrate wind and solar into the grid

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Posted by Andrew-James on 06/09/2015 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Tesla's new home battery aims to fill a missing link to integrate wind and solar into the grid

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Posted by Andrew-James on 06/09/2015 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Tesla's new home battery aims to fill a missing link to integrate wind and solar into the grid

Voltages per cell by battery chemistry:

NiCad/NiMH = 1.2 V
Zinc-Carbon = 1.5 V
Alkaline = 1.5 - 1.65 V
Lead Acid/SLA/Gel/AGM = 2.2 - 2.3 V
LIon = 3.6 V
LiFePO4 = 3.3 V

Since most solar charging systems and most inverter systems (converts DC battery power into AC power used by most homes) are built around lead acid batteries, specifically around intervals of six lead acid cells, switching to LiFePO4 or other lithium ion batteries means you really should be using different chargers and inverters.

Posted by Dave H on 06/07/2015 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Tesla's new home battery aims to fill a missing link to integrate wind and solar into the grid

Oh look, Ray Boggs can quote from Wikipedia. LiFePO4 still suffers from the issues mentioned by Odin.

Posted by Dave H on 06/07/2015 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Tesla's new home battery aims to fill a missing link to integrate wind and solar into the grid

Are you aware that the battery that one of the most popular names in the Lithium Ion battery storage industry is offering, can only output up to 2,000 watts of continuous power? That's not much more than a single hair dryer set on high.

What good is having a residential solar storage system if your continuous power output is limited by your lithium battery's chemistry and you're still using the lower efficiency, single sided, glass on plastic, aluminum framed solar panels that most of the solar leasing companies are offering ?

A far better alternative would be to connect your home to a lower cost bifacial solar powered LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) battery storage system.

LiFePO storage batteries offers longer lifetimes, better power density (the rate that energy can be drawn from them) and are inherently safer.

Posted by Ray Boggs on 06/07/2015 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Anna's Apothecary produces home-grown remedies and beauty products

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Posted by Socialmedia Onlyessentialorganics on 06/04/2015 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Tesla's new home battery aims to fill a missing link to integrate wind and solar into the grid

One of the drawbacks with lithium based batteries is that the voltage per cell is higher than in lead-acid (SLA, Gel, AGM) batteries. So right off the bat, the standard charging system doesn't work with the lithium batteries. They also have a very different charging profile -- you can't just float a voltage over them and call it good as with lead acids, you need a relatively intelligent charge controller built specifically for lithiums.

So, the systems which are sold with modern solar panel systems won't work. In fact you really should have panels designed specifically for lithium batteries.

Because the cells are of a higher voltage, this also means that the power inverters which convert the DC power of the batteries into AC for home use also need to be redesigned.

And then you have the issues of fires, something lithium batteries are rather infamous for. You really, REALLY do not want to be around if a lithium battery the size of the Powerwall catches fire. Lead acid batteries don't have this problem.

And you also have the toxicity issue of lithium and the disposal requirements. And while much of lead acid batteries can be recycled, lithium batteries are a different story.

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Posted by Odin on 06/03/2015 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Shop around Colorado Springs

Three businesses listed for Old Colorado City? When most of the Independent Best of Categories are ranked in Old Colorado City? You have the best local Restaurants, local Artists, a great Comic and Collectables store, Custom Jewelers, a Gaming Shop, Lorig's Western wear, Children's Clothing, a year round Holiday Shop and my shop Podiatryst Shoe Salon(#2 shoe store in the Best of 2014). Where were your writers, at their desks?

Posted by Alex Laszar on 06/01/2015 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Pikes Peak-area farmers markets for summer 2015

Thanks Leticia, we'll add it to our listings.

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Posted by Edie Adelstein on 05/28/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Pikes Peak-area farmers markets for summer 2015

Hi; I just wanted to pass along there will be a Community Market in Fountain at City Hall (116 South Main Street, Fountain 80817) Wednesdays from 3pm to 7pm starting June 3rd until September 30th.

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Posted by Leticia Ward on 05/28/2015 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Grass, guts and guitars: Your guide to 2015 Colorado music festivals

If you plan on going to Colorado Springs to go to one of their incredible Music Festivals and need discount hotel or air fare rates, here is a good tip!

I used to like sites like Travelocity, but I quickly found the better way to find deals is to go to the second level - those sites like cheapesthotelreservations.info who compare hundreds of booking sites in one single search. You not only receive Trivago or Expedia deals but ALL of them in one place.

Posted by Nanci Felthauser on 05/13/2015 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Grass, guts and guitars: Your guide to 2015 Colorado music festivals

I wrote an app for festival goers this year: http://www.thefestivalapp.com/

Posted by Giles Lloyd on 05/13/2015 at 7:00 AM

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