That thunder you hear around Lead is the brainstorm Stan Gibilisco is having about alternative energy. The Black Hills (Black Holes?) thinker and tinkerer offers his thoughts about hooking up solar and wind power.
First he proposes a state-tribal collaboration to provide power (electrical and cultural) and jobs for South Dakota:
Gibilisco extends his remarks from the "Nerd Cave" to express mixed feelings about alternative energy. He reminds folks replacing petrol with electric cars that they are still burning fossil fuels. He also reminds us that even if we kick fossil fuels, China will still burn lots of coal.
Gibilisco sketches a "hybrid hybrid" system that could help a self-proclaimed "thermal wuss" get away from the grid and avoid net-metering worries:
Finally, Gibilisco elaborates on his concerns about utilities and the state charging home innovators for installing alternative energy. Gibilisco recognizes the utilities may have a case for charging customers intertie fees, but it sounds like his Libertarian heart wants to keep his entanglements to the minimum of his own wires.
Gibilisco welcomes comments on his YouTube pages. I welcome Stan's prolific video output to the video-blogosphere!