Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tesla's New Household + Utility Grade Battery, Impact to BOULDER [Municipalization]

by Osman Parvez
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Tesla is set to introduce home and utility-grade batteries on April 30th.   

As costs plummet,  cheap storage will likely be disruptive to the existing model.   Yet here's Boulder Council, holding secret meetings and forging ahead with plans to acquire an ancient distribution network.  

I have nothing against a Municipal utility.  Local control feels good, even though we're ignoring some of the risks.  It's just becoming increasingly clear that taxpayer resources might be better spent subsidizing household and business level production (and soon storage) than paying lawyers to fight over Xcel's Model-T era distribution assets.    

As a friend likes to point out over (far too infrequent) Margs at Tahona, imagine how many rooftop solar systems the hundreds of millions we're about to commit to spending would buy for Boulder residents.  

I look forward to Tesla's pricing for home and utility grade storage. 

Tesla's Gigafactory Under Construction
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1 comment:

  1. I was on the fence about municipalization, in fact I can't even recall for sure how I voted (I think "against", but I honestly don't remember). But the more I think about it, the more it seems like a horrible boondoggle.

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