Back in the early 1900's Hawaiian Electric did away with the burning of Cheap Coal and opted for the use of oil to generate electricity.
At first electricity was cheap because oil was cheap. Oil was being found everywhere under pressure, easily extracted from shallow wells, oil became King In Hawaiian Electricity Production.
Today we have Conflict Oil.
Harder to extract.
Found in or near Middle East War Zones
The cost is high and so it is passed on to the consumer in the form of four and a half dollar a gallon gasoline and High Electric Bills.
Add to all this the installation of Commercial Wind Generators and Private Solar Electric Grid Tie where the customer does not pay for meter reading, HECO is having trouble making ends meet. They only made a 39% profit last year ! Ohhhhh, Poor Babies. I see HECO driving around in nice shiny new trucks every where they need to work. They cannot be hurtin' all that bad and electric rates keep going up and up. At the time of this writing a kilowatt cost .37c. I use 145 kW +/- in any given billing period.
I have a Dialysis Machine in my home that has got to run for eight hours every night. The machine is rated 120 Volts-625 watts @ 5 Amps. The load is not continuous and that makes the rating misleading. The 625 watts is if the machine has everything running at the same time. I got a Kill-A-Watt meter and started measuring how many watts we use each night. The highest number of watts this machine used any given night was 410 Watts. The least was 330 Watts.
I figured I might be able to remove that machine from the grid if I used Photo Voltaics with a Battery Bank and Inverter.
Ya know its ah funny thing. People don't like Conflict Diamonds and have taken steps to Not Buy Them.
What about Conflict Oil?
And The Madness Continues..........
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