Generating Power

Does anyone have any web site suggestions or research on how to generate electricty at home or otherwise go off the power grid? I don’t know how much it would cost to make/buy a fuel cell, but I’m really rip shit about having to pay almost $80 a month for next to no electricity usage. 3/5 of my bill is transmission charges for selling me electricity from White Plains, NY.

They’re playing the same game with us on the East coast that they did with California… damn energy robber barons.

Update: So, after doing some research, it turns out that my electric bill is about as good as it’s going to get. Everyone who lives on Cape Cod is automatically enrolled in the “Cape Light Compact” which purchases aggregated electricity from ConEdison in NY. Deregulator? I hardly know her. NSTAR charges me $30 for distribution of electricity – what’s the breakdown of that cost, you ask? Well, it turns out that $19 of that is the actual cost of distribution, and $10 of that is “transition” which is apparently a “fuck the consumer” charge that “deregulation” brought about… CLC describes this as: “Transition is the charge that allows NSTAR to recover payments to wholesale power suppliers for terminating those contracts allowing for competitive suppliers to enter the market.”

How nice for NSTAR.

Oh, and $1 goes to renewable energy and conservation. Yay.

So, as long as I’m paying more money, I figure I might as well pay more money and enroll in the CLC 100% green program (if I can). Joining that means that all my electricity would be produced by certified green energy sources (hydro, land based wind, and solar) that are actually located in New England. It’s 75% tax deductible and will cost about another $75 a year (approximately an extra month of electricity for me).

But if I can figure out how to produce 4,000 kilowatt-hours a year for $1,000, I’ll do that instead.


  1. theantidj

    I could be mistaken, but I’m pretty sure that all electric is now deregulated and you can now choose who provides it. Are there other companies from which you can purchase?