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Static over power proposal

September 22, 2009

Re "California may pull plug on big TVs that guzzle energy," Sept. 18

This is a wonderful argument for more support for residential solar power units.

The only reason that such support will not be forthcoming, though, is that the utilities, especially in Southern California, can feel their market slipping away.

Suppose, power generators, that you no longer had to build expensive power plants for growing demand or maintain so many expensive transmission lines?

Suppose that you purchased power from the small solar generators for sale to your customers who did not have solar?

Carleton Cronin

West Hollywood

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The California Energy Commission is serious about reducing electrical energy. Wow. I'm impressed.

How about a state mandate to all cities to first eliminate the obnoxious proliferation and blatant use of digital billboards?

After that is accomplished, the electric grid will have a "surge" of excess electric power.

Then we can all discuss the effect of restricted usage and added fees for the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and homeowner on the electric grid.

Dorothy Kamins

Beverly Hills

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I can't understand the rationale in banning TV sets that use more power when there is no concern about the popular concept of buying electric-powered vehicles that can be recharged every night.

Clean alternative energy sources that will also reduce our dependence on foreign oil need to be developed to solve these problems.

Lawrence Nowak

Torrance

Sounds like this could be a real energy saver.

We've done this with other appliances, like washing machines and dryers, double-paned windows and insulated homes. So why not TVs? Because the manufacturers will kick and scream?

If we're really interested in saving loads of electrical power, think of what it would mean if the air-conditioning equipment -- those great guzzlers of power -- in office buildings, theaters and shopping malls were set to raise temperatures a few degrees?

I can't imagine anyone passing a law requiring this adjustment to conserve energy, but perhaps the DWP or the California Energy Commission might advertise the benefits and offer incentives for complying.

Stan Greenfield

Woodland Hills

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Speaking strictly for myself, I find the current interest in the electricity that TVs use very amusing.

Why are only televisions singled out?

There is no mention of the digital billboards that use much, much more energy than conventional billboards.

As usual, it is the residents, and not businesses, who will be inconvenienced by this excuse for the current situation of electric grids in California. Will it ever end?

Lisa Sarkin

Studio City

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Your article says the new standards by the California Energy Commission "will help utilities head off the need to build more power plants just so residents can watch 'American Idol' and other shows."

Gee, would the energy be well spent if we were all watching PBS?

Greg Daniels

Canyon Country

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