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Posted: Saturday, June 26, 2010 12:00 am

The first thing you notice is the smell. It sneaks up, overwhelming the senses. The acrid odor is immediately identifiable as sulfur — a familiar, yet still unpleasant, scent of rotting eggs.

That stench stems from the four Northern California Power Agency geothermal power plants located in an area called The Geysers. The plant continuously supplies Lodi with 12 megawatts of renewable energy, which is about a tenth of the city's needs during a 90-degree day, or a quarter of the city's nighttime use.

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6 comments:

  • posted at 3:54 pm on Sat, Jun 26, 2010.

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    RALLY!!! RALLY!!! EALLYThe LNS has closed comments on its appalling decision to force readers to use their real names when commenting on articles.Those wishing to continue the discussion on this pending fiasco should rally at Joe Guzzardi's editorial.http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2010/06/26/opinion/columnists/guzzardi_joe_100626.txt#blogcomments

     
  • posted at 11:02 am on Sat, Jun 26, 2010.

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    Again, watch the archives of the cc meeting about a month ago and you will see and hear Mr. Hansen finally orate the words: PG&E rates are lower than Lodi, but that Lodi is SLOWLY catching up. I'll see if I can find that particular byte and post the link.

     
  • posted at 10:22 am on Sat, Jun 26, 2010.

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    In a fairly recent LNS article regarding the LEUD rates vs. PG&E rates, councilman Hansen was quoted saying "electricity rates can be tricky". He went on to explain that Lodians enjoy lower electric rates than those of PG&E. I believe Mr. Hansen because he is the chairman of the Northern California Power Association and most certainly must know what he's talking about. No?

     
  • posted at 6:03 am on Sat, Jun 26, 2010.

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    pre$$ure$on: I was thinking the same thing about the "smart meters." And PG&E told rate payers who complained there was nothing wrong with the meters for months. Wonder if they have to credit the overpayments to customer's accounts. I have not read anything about Lodi electric meters until I read the article recently saying meters were being replaced so I don't know if any calibration was done. How does the City have the money to replace meters now????? I sure long for the days of old when you could trust the City leaders to actually do what was best for Lodi and the residents who live here. Now I always feel the City is trying to scam rate payers any way they can - such as with new electric meters, new water meters, pressure for redevelopment, etc. All money makers for the city so they can get additional funds to move from one pot to another to spend.

     
  • posted at 5:33 am on Sat, Jun 26, 2010.

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    Judy, doesn't it sound interesting that our electric meters seem to be basically "smart meters" that PG&E is experiencing problems with? Has Lodi electric done any real calibration on various types of homes and the accuracy of these meters? Just curious.

     
  • posted at 11:38 pm on Fri, Jun 25, 2010.

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    Hmmm - interesting. I just received electricity bill - up $40 over last month.....and my AC has been broken and was fixed just two days ago. Innovation might = electricity, but it doesn't help the rate payer. My total City of Lodi bill is now double what it was just a few short years ago. And I'm sure it will sky rocket again after the new electric meters are installed.

     
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