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Less permitting with the farm Mark. The permit fees are rather steep in the county, from what I understand. You also have someone maintaining them, and it is in Moffatt County where you can see the blue sky from here, where there is none. So it actually makes sense to have a farm out there, if it makes any sense to have a farm, debatable, as the only way it pencils out is via tax breaks or over a very long term... if the panels last that long, which the thin film panels are so new, while they have a 25 year warranty, you better be figuring depreciation into your accounting of a return as at the end of 25 years you may have trash and then that 4-6% return is not accurate, if depreciation was not accounted for.
Fred, It is grid tied and you get the power production that is produced at the garden to use at any time. It facilitates YVEA not having to take the risk of installing the renewable energy source, so it is a win for them.
In reality Photovoltaics provide power during peak consumption generally. Throw in a smart grid, with individuals having ways to sell power back to the grid when rates are high, with some way of storing the power, you develop a distributed power system which is far more reliable then the centralized production system we have. People with plug in hybrids can leave their cars at home, charge them when rates are cheap and then sell when prices rise during mid day. That also helps out with flattening the demand curve to power being used all day.
A smart grid really puts the capitalist system to work and people seeing power at high rates sell back any surplus they have. buying it in the night to store it for resale during the day. That is capitalism, not the corporate bankster system that is causing the massive disparities of incomes and wealth.
Is the city able to take advantage of an investment tax credit? I would guess not. The thin film panels that are being utilized today, that have brought down the cost of Solar, have an unknown lifespan, and to state that they are sustainable is not 100% accurate as they have a unknown useful lifespan.
On the pro side of the argument is that the city would be able to fix their almost fix their monthly energy expenses and eliminate much of the ongoing expense. Given past history the current national debt loads and trade deficit one could extrapolate that energy costs may rise at a rate higher than 3%. Those variable expense increases could force the city to reduce spending elsewhere in the future to balance the budget.
Finally, this is a capital expense much like a new police station, road maintenance, etc. and should be treated that way. The interest rate and type of account that a community should hold its reserves in are safe and liquid. This is probably a fairly safe investment but not at all a liquid one and one should not compare "market" returns to what operating reserves should be invested in.
By the way, the YVEA building on Yampa should be the prime candidate for the new station as it probably has most of the features the city is seeking. It also probably is a tear down for anyone else interested in buying it. Yes it is on prime real estate, however, the development potential of it is limited as the amount of pending development property in town is rather large along with the unabsorbed commercial space downtown. That structure, most likely, will not be developed for quite a long time. One really needs to look at the macro economic forces out there to understand that development is not going to happen like it did 5-10 years ago. Commercial vacancy rates would lead one to believe that rents are too high and need to be lowered, which means the value of those properties is far less than current valuations.
The kids can take German online at SSHS as my kids friends do, I am sure just about any language class is offered online.
So Scott, done with this topic, but I am too lazy to look up the global warming fear mongering letter to the editor to post a link to this TED talk.
Watching, this talk leaves me to believe, that something else is going on in interstellar space to cause the heating and cooling of the earth, and other planets as the ice caps on mars appeared to be melting sometime between 2000-2010 - leading me to change my beliefs that CO2 is the problem and something else was going on.
By the way, we are on the verge of finding a new energy source that will be sustainable. I am looking at investing in this technology (http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/9847/researchers-convert-algae-to-crude-oil-in-minutes)
in addition they have for the first time ever gotten more energy out of a fusion reaction than was put in.
So the fear that that we are going to destroy ourselves because of CO2 emissions is far overstated, the bigger fear, imo, is that we have depleted our topsoil and will see far greater drought and flooding problems because of it. In addition is the Phosphorus problem.
Yes Scott it is hard to find employees in season, though the under- employed, those who could be doing something much more skilled are driving shuttle vans, washing dishes, etc, when they could be framing homes, etc..
So the job market is booming for low skilled workers, when those jobs come open for long term jobs with good benefits, the number of applicants gives the employer far greater selection than in 2009.
The county should really be striving for A service, once a day at a time that works for the county. Figure out how to work that out with the airlines, it will cut labor and thus the fees needed to be charged to operate the airport with full staff including the restaurant staff which are now county employees.
Unfortunately, the study was simply money that was essentially thrown away, in an attempt to comprehend what is fairly common sense, given the articles in the paper over the past year or two. It is not rocket science. United or even American knows what it would take for them to have a leg ending up in Steamboat Springs with a layover in Denver, Salt Lake or ???. Ask them how to structure fees/incentives to have a real jet with consistent service fly in at a reasonable rate so that people choose to fly out of Hayden.
The article has the quote of ninety minutes from YVRA, so even if Scott did not the point is very valid. Kremling is 90 minutes from YVRA and there is virtually no way, someone from Kremling, will make the drive to YVRA for a flight.
Well the story to be told is that the refinancing takes the loans from a fixed rate for the term of the loan to a variable one, I would guess. To take a loan that predecessors had the desire to put into a fixed rate bond to move it to a variable interest rate note, today makes some sense if one can guarantee that rates will stay the same into the future. We just witnessed rates begin to climb and then took a hiatus.
I would guess that the bottom of interest rates are in and rates will continue to rise into the future, possibly turning a known annual expense into a variable one. While it may be appealing today to enter into such an agreement, if rates rise, then that half million in savings could end up being an additional half million in expense.
Thank you for the link Dan, I found the links in the article very educational also. It is too bad that anyone who questions Global Warming/Human Induced climate change is labeled a whacko.
It is also too bad that the echo chamber we live in where one can find all they want to reinforce theirs views is out there and that the indoctrinated believers of climate change fail to review all the sources which draw into question what is actually going on. They really should open their minds and review information which contradicts that which they have been spoon fed.
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