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Letter: Compare total costs

Regarding the taxation of residential solar power, I would like to see Rocky Mountain Power study the relative economic efficiency of dispersed versus centralized power production, transmission and distribution. The large-scale electric power grid is very expensive, given the costs of materials, design, construction and the power lost in the transmission and distribution systems.

It would be interesting to take a zero-based planning approach and compare the total costs of centralized and dispersed power production. Would electric power cost less than with the existing system if every residential and commercial-industrial unit produced its own solar power? The comparison would have to consider the cost of transition to be completely fair because technological evolution and lack of foresight have locked us into the existing system as with waste management, water purification and intracity transportation.

George Peterson