Comments: Million Dollar Idea

Whaddaya know, the thing did pass. I hadn't heard.

"We still believe municipalization costs have been significantly understated by the city," [Xcel spokesman] Aguayo said in the release. "We remain skeptical that Boulder will be able to meet the terms of the initiative and match our rates, let alone match the level of renewables we provide."

For them we'll have to also provide a car-based charger. "Charge your packs during your daily commute to a city with jobs."

Posted by johngalt at November 8, 2011 11:48 AM
Boulder will not have to cut library hours or make additional layoffs after voters on Tuesday approved Issue 2B, which will generate about $1.4 million annually through an occupation tax on Xcel Energy.
Hey, if you link Boulder Weekly, I can link Posted by jk at November 8, 2011 11:57 AM

I do want hardware-guy's serious take on removable cells in a UPS. Feasible?

Posted by jk at November 8, 2011 11:59 AM

I don't see why not.

Conventional UPS's use sealed lead acid batteries, which are low tech and heavy for the purpose you describe. A Li-Ion or NMH "laptop" type pack, however ... As I understand it, this is what cars like the Tesla use. (Which contributes to their expense.)

Posted by johngalt at November 8, 2011 2:23 PM

But back to Boulder Goverment for a minute:

My link says "Issue 2B authorizes the city to increase the existing utility occupation tax by up to $1.9 million a year to plan for the utility and acquire "an existing electric distribution system," presumably the one owned by Xcel."

Your link says "The vote also means the city won't have to go to one of its backup budgets for 2011, which included $1.4 million in cuts, such as reduced library hours and layoffs."

Election fraud?

The Daily also claims of 2B that "voters overwhelmingly supported the measure, wich garnered 69 percent of the vote by 3 a.m. Wednesday" yet BW writes, "According to the Boulder County clerk and recorder's office, 50.27 percent of the votes counted were in favor of 2B, with 49.73 percent opposed. The difference was 141 votes."

Journalism fraud?

Posted by johngalt at November 8, 2011 2:34 PM

And back to your business idea:

Maybe a robotic device to automate the moving around of the battery packs...

[NED help me, I couldn't resist!] :)

No comment on my "city with jobs" quip? I was spewing coffee on my own keyboard with that one.

Posted by johngalt at November 8, 2011 2:37 PM

Cities with jobs is worth a new keyboard, oui mon frere, but as my employer is located in the city and my position requires electricity, my humor is tempered...

Posted by jk at November 8, 2011 2:50 PM

I've become so accustomed to gallows humor it barely makes me sad any longer.

Posted by johngalt at November 8, 2011 3:09 PM
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