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Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

Although people may dislike what John Trololo wrote, from an objective engineering viewpoint he is correct about the unpredictability and uncontrollability of solar compared to large point-source generators. The electric grid is already complex, dynamic, and fragile to a worrisome extent. That's why we have unplanned blackouts over large areas from time to time. In some respects it's a miracle that the grid (actually a collection of grids) works as well as it does. People do lose sleep over this type of thing.

Solar makes the problem worse because clouds and precipitation can substantially reduce solar output at a given farm several times each hour. These short-term fluctuations in output are very tricky to handle in the grid, which was designed to handle a relatively small number of sources of electricity instead of hundreds. Well-intentioned academics have been working hard for decades to solve these instability problems. They've made headway but there is a long way to go.

I support solar as much as anyone, but let's not kid ourselves. An isolated solar project here and there is no worry, but scaling solar up to 30-50% of NC consumption has serious challenges. You want the grid operator to be in that loop. At the end of the day, it's Duke that has to make sure that the grid is stable and manageable.

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Posted by ct on 05/10/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “With Charles Meeker’s Blessing, N.C. Conservation Network Development Director Nicole Stewart Announces Bid for Raleigh City Council

Let's hope that she doesn't get captured by the "Parking Deck Density" pro-development shills. What we need is walkable urbanism and great neighborhoods, not stackable suburbanism and drive-in "density"

Posted by Betsy Kane on 05/10/2017 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

I think we can call this "The Meetings Will Continue Until Morale Improves" approach to citizen engagement.

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Posted by Betsy Kane on 05/10/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

Since Duke owns and maintains all of the power grid in its territory it makes complete sense that they need to control who and what is connected to it.

Especially true for solar, which has unreliable/unpredictable and somewhat uncontrollable output relative to coal, nuclear etc plants.

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Posted by John Trololo on 05/10/2017 at 11:28 AM

Re: “From the Mountain Goats to The Hot at Nights, Matt Douglas Might Be the Triangle's Busiest Musician

I'm not sure people realize how much talent is squished into the Hot @ Nights trio. All 3, Matt, Chris and Nick, are forces of nature with abnormal skills.

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Posted by Remo on 05/10/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Some facts about tanning

Sadly, I just found this conversation, but thought I would add to the debate on the benefit of moderate and regular sunbed usage.

for fairskin2

Critique of the International Agency for Research on Cancer's meta-analyses of the association of sunbed use with risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma.

Summary and Conclusion

"This meta-analysis of the association of CMM risk with respect to sunbed use by the IARC does not support the evidence that sunbed use is a risk factor for CMM when the confounding factors of skin phenotype and latitude are considered.

The IARC study only claims association, not causality, and the criteria for causality do not appear to be satisfied. In addition, sunbed use produces vitamin D, which has many health benefits.

Thus, prohibiting sunbed use other than to those with skin type I based on the IARC study seems ill advised."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21572874

"These results indicate no statistically significant relation between sunbed use and risk of CMM when studies largely influenced by inclusion of people with skin phenotype I, without adjustment for skin phenotype, are removed from the meta-analysis"

"Although solar UV irradiance is an important risk factor for CMM, occupational UV irradiance is generally not associated with increased risk of CMM; however, recreational UV irradiance is."

"Humans have lived in harmony with the sun throughout our history, nature having devised ways to protect us from the adverse effects of sun exposure. One such adaptation is skin pigmentation, dark enough for protection against UV, light enough to permit sufficient UVB penetration to generate vitamin D for its many health benefits"

"Tanning is also protective against CMM"

"Tanning reportedly induced a sun protection factor of 2 after 2 weeks of daily suberythemal UV doses in skin types II and III."

"Because solar-UV-simulating sunbeds induce production of vitamin D, the health benefits of their use greatly outweigh any possible risks."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21572874

Posted by Bruce Wood on 05/10/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils

Replacing CACs with scripted meetings run by a Kafkaesque "Burea of Government Engagement" is poor governance at its best. And the way it was set up by the mayor reveals a thinly hidden agenda of reducing avenues of criticism for councilors, city staff and developers. As others have pointed out, with a 12% turnout for Raleigh's municipal elections, if anything the focus should be on improving this abysmal performance.

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Posted by citizenshame on 05/10/2017 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

It should be noted the state's consumer advocate - the N.C. Utilities Commission's Public Staff - also supports trimming the contract terms to 10 years.

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Posted by Randy Wheeless on 05/10/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “The Anxious Condition

Image by Kimberly English

Posted by elin o'Hara slavick on 05/09/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Raleigh Votes to Establish a Community Engagement Board, Which Critics Worry Will Take Power Away from Citizens Advisory Councils

The numbers quoted by the mayor are not correct. There are 6000 people on the CAC e-mail lists. The turnout at CAC's could be much greater if the city truly supported citizen engagement but it does almost nothing to promote them. CAC chairs are just a group of volunteers who care deeply for their communities. They cannot do extensive outreach. I'd like to reference that only between 12-15% of Raleigh's citizens show up to VOTE once every 2 years so it's important to keep that in mind when talking about engagement. I went to EVERY task force meeting. They have some good ideas but this is a very complex subject and definitely needs some professional guidance. The CAC's are a very important way for citizens to have their voice heard, ESPECIALLY in rezonings that directly affect people's quality of life.

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Posted by Apache101 on 05/09/2017 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Arts Access Flips the Standard Line on Artists with Disabilities by Celebrating the Art, Not the Disabilities

Great article! We look forward to hosting the theater showcase at Raleigh Little Theatre

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Posted by Charles Phaneuf on 05/09/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Katherine Applegate

what is this

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Posted by KATLYN SIMMONS on 05/09/2017 at 12:25 PM

Re: “N.C. Congressman Robert Pittenger on Pre-existing Conditions: If You Have One, Find a New State

When you get to the edge of a cliff and the fall looks dangerous most people change direction. It seems like NC voters believe they can fly if their elected official says don't believe what you see, The Fall is not there.

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Posted by Nork on 05/08/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “N.C. Brewery Wicked Weed Purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Dammit.

I think the issue here is why this is happening. Why is an international company buying up mid-sized craft breweries? I recommend that you read this article. http://goodbeerhunting.com/blog/2017/5/5/watch-the-hands-not-the-cards-the-magic-of-megabrew

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Posted by Tim Harper on 05/08/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “A Piece of My Heart

I found "A piece of my heart" to be an intense look at the lives of a diverse group of incredible women. The time spend was very enjoyable although it left me with a new found concern for all the Vets that return from serving on our behalf. I was amazed and spellbound by the intensity performances and the creativity on the stage. I would highly recommend that one put this play on your list of activities in May.

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Posted by Hamlet1 on 05/08/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Donald Trump’s First Hundred Days: The Anatomy of Failure

How delusional are these writers claiming failure for Trump's term. He has wiped out regulations that killed jobs which Obama could have done. He has stopped the flow of jobs leaving this country which Obama could have cared less about. In sum Obama had his foot on the breaks for the American people whereas Trump has his foot on the gas pedal roaring down the highway of prosperity for the American people.

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Posted by Laurence Smith on 05/07/2017 at 11:13 PM

Re: “REVIVAL

That was a very carefully phrased review, using the words "theatrical work" and not the word "play", or story, narrative, drama, arc, characters, etc. Minimalist to the extreme, it ended up being nothing more than excerpts from a church service. I suppose it could have been a revelation to someone who had never been in church before, but except for some half heard rap, I might as well have gone to service. At least I'd have saved $25. I've seen Ward Co. previously and been impressed; not this time. Likewise, the first purpose of a review is to give you an idea of what you will be seeing and if you want to; not so much.

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Posted by Robert Sobczak on 05/07/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “May 3 Sudoku

This solution doesn't match the printed sudoku.

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Posted by kevapilot on 05/06/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “N.C. Congressman Robert Pittenger on Pre-existing Conditions: If You Have One, Find a New State

Do you guys also want to be able to purchase car insurance after you're in an accident? What about life insurance after someone dies? Sound fair?

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Posted by Kyle 1 on 05/06/2017 at 10:46 PM

Re: “In North Carolina, nearly 51 percent of renters are cost-burdened

The Federal Reserve has been dishing out free money (almost 0% federal funds rate) to cover up their housing bubble and bust in 2008. This is of course going to cause sale prices to rise which will of course cause rents to rise. They have also printed trillions of dollars which of course causes the prices of EVERYTHING to rise because it makes your money worth less.

The Federal Reserve, in corroboration with your government, has caused this problem. Please don't look to them to fix it. Unless, they're fix is to get out.

Posted by Kyle 1 on 05/06/2017 at 10:44 PM

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