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Monday, November 30, 2015

All My Exes

Regulation matters, and so does geography. "Texas is one of only three states with borders roughly contiguous with a grid operator," according to the New York Times, and so it has taken the opportunity to build a high-capacity transmission system so that power generated by wind in rural parts of the state can be used in urban areas.  The consequences are interesting:  among other things, utilities are offering free electricity at night.

It is possible to run a large refrigeration unit at night, and then use the ice (or cooled propylene glycol or whatever) to cool your building during the day.  If this can be done in such a way that air conditioning costs next to nothing, and uses mostly wind power, then living in a place like Texas can possibly be fairly good from an environmental perspective.  Whether living in Texas can be fulfilling on a personal level I leave as an exercise for the reader.


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