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NOTSOGRN

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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:42:13 AM

(NYSE: NRG) President and CEO David Crane said he expects many American residences to go "off the grid" within two years as reliance increases on natural gas and solar panels.

The CEO of the electricity-and-solar-focused energy giant who drives an electric car knows this direction comes at the expense of the power companies and the oil sector.

Crane is banking on cheap natural gas, the high costs of oil, deregulation and the increasing desire of people to better control the utility costs in their homes through technological advances and more. He said NRG is even looking into hiring "behavioral scientists" to that effect.

"If you can displace oil, that's a good way to make money," Crane said.

Crane said it doesn't make sense for homes to have "two major delivery systems" going into...
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honda0105
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 7:50:01 AM

I don't mind going off grid, but not at the expense of energy efficiency or cost. Solar isn't cheap enough yet for most people to go there.
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rjhenn
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 5:24:22 PM

MAC48 - "In our area of the US the norm is to have natural gas central heating, cook tops and water heaters combined with electricity for light and power."

I thought the norm around Dallas for heat was heat pumps, at least in the newer (< 25 years) construction.

"There is no way that the majority of the homes and businesses in this part of the US will be off the grid in two years or even two decades with the cost of and technology of solar we have today or in the foreseeable future."

If you're using NG for heat, it should be easier to go solar for electricity.

[Edited by: rjhenn at 5/2/2014 5:25:48 PM EST]
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geezrtek
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 1:09:32 PM

Self serving BS
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condé
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:22:09 PM

swamp land anyone?
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ngmolchan
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 9:14:21 AM

I won't!
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fillerupyeoww
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 6:42:42 AM

Never happen.
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Alaydown
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 5:55:56 AM

This CEO is not living in reality. "Most households" means greater than half, and there is no way that anywhere near half will go "off the grid" within 50 years, never mind within two years as this CEO predicts.
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studandbabe
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 4:42:31 AM

Doubtful
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MAC48
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 1:57:45 AM

In our area of the US the norm is to have natural gas central heating, cook tops and water heaters combined with electricity for light and power. There is no way that the majority of the homes and businesses in this part of the US will be off the grid in two years or even two decades with the cost of and technology of solar we have today or in the foreseeable future.

It is plausible that natural gas will replace heating oil in the US regions where heating oil is the primary source of central heating over the coming decades IF and only if the relationship of the cost of natural gas compared to heating oil cost remains the same as it is today.
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JerryJoeUC
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 1:17:54 AM

I'm working towards that end.
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dylan126
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:19:39 AM

should move the old lady pointing her finger to bottom of page so I don't have to look at her like you did with blog articles
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STLCARDSNATION
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:17:04 AM

TIME WILL TELL!
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dylan126
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:09:20 AM

wish they would get rid of the old woman shaking her finger in front of someone giving me a headache
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dudleydolittle
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:05:17 AM

thought you got rid of read an article
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rahcat
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:03:22 AM

Old News
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:02:45 AM

old news
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bridgerunner
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:02:05 AM

Most would go for that.
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 12:01:01 AM

Old
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PetroScopper
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:58:50 PM

That will be what has to happen in order to get the energy companies attention.
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Godozo
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:56:36 PM

What world does this guy live in? There's plenty of places where people have lived with two sorts of inputs for decades, they're not about to cut off one to spite their nose. Not unless the electric suddenly becomes unreliable, and if that happens I'd watch out for the Natural Gas as well.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:54:21 PM

Not me.
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leraar2
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:52:56 PM

i'm nearly off the grid.
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dylan126
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:52:23 PM

whatever
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:51:58 PM

weird
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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:50:29 PM


Misinformation and lies by this power industry executive for his own gain.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:48:12 PM

oh
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:47:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:47:00 PM

In CA this development can't happen soon enough.
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Bradford81
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:39:53 PM

Yea if I could find room to put solar producing system capable of doung what I need.. Guess we should all put those huge wind turbines in our backyards too!??!
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Katasa
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:37:18 PM

k
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Katasa
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k
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:36:15 PM

What does nobama say?
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:30:33 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:27:16 PM

Pass
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wayoung56
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:22:01 PM

What kind of dope is this guy smoking?

Average people can't afford these alternative sources and the high cost of converting existing facilities to use them...
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JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:20:43 PM

Shall I laugh now...

....or, later?
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LtRTH
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:16:50 PM

Won't be me. And I doubt we'll ever see NG as cheap as everyone thinks.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:14:15 PM

doubtful
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Buddy2264
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:09:42 PM

I am all for that here in Florida. Should have been investing in that over the years instead of paying it to the electric company. Add a little each year, now it is much cheaper for solar.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 11:04:51 PM

Okay.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:59:29 PM

Good
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jcurley
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:57:42 PM

YES! PLEASE displace using oil!
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:57:29 PM

This will take a loooooong time.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:54:49 PM

It's going to take a while
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:50:43 PM

no way in 2 years, 2 decades maybe
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:50:16 PM

Thanks for sharing.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:49:56 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:48:36 PM

Gotta be more than 2 years.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:45:52 PM

At the rate that the costs of electricity is skyrocketing, the idea of going off-grid isn't all that far-fetched, but it's his 2 year prediction that's off the mark.

While it's still expensive to install a system to go off-grid (even with prices coming down), it's also expensive to do nothing and keep paying the outrageous bills from the utilities.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:44:47 PM

Most households seems a bit much.
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 10:43:07 PM

and strawberry fields forever
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