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  •  Well, I guess I owe you two "thanks!" (0+ / 0-)

    As to your points:

    2.  Agreed that by itself it is too slow.  If we ever seriously debate this on the national stage (ie legislation is being drawn up) I am still open to pure cap and trade or cap and dividend and this would be an ancillary consideration.  With that said, it would be interesting to see how quickly we could ramp up energy conservation and PV and wind installations.  To account for 1,2 or 5 percent of the residential market per year wouldn't be a bad rate but perhaps I'm not aiming high enough.

    3.  Make it simple.  The only thing to consider is the consumption of a household and it will be compared to all the other households served by the same electric company.  The benefit of this is that the top consumers in every city throughout the entire country get hit with the higher rates and it therefore creates immediate energy conservation and alternative energy markets in every city.

    Maybe I'll flesh it out a little more in a diary with some charts and graphs so that people better understand the potential impact that this would (possibly) create.

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 04:27:41 PM PST

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    •  RE "make it simpl (0+ / 0-)

      compare two households both with 2000 square foot homes.

      1.  Single person, travels frequently, works hellish hours at office.

      2.  Family of five, work from home, daycare center in house

      Imagine that (2) uses exactly same amount of electricity as (1).  (1) would be better bet for energy efficiency focus and for 'penalizing' with higher fees but we need much data for that.

      Also, how to integrate natural gas, propane, electricity, etc ...

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      by A Siegel on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:36:44 PM PST

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