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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

5-4-and-a-Door Solar: Net Metering

In early 2020, the Georgia PSC implemented monthly net metering for Georgia Power solar customers. It took Georgia Power a full year to get their systems in order. In January, 2021 the power company issued revised bills for all of 2020, enabling solar customers like us to see exactly the impact of monthly net metering.

The graph below compares the original bills for each month to the revised bills under net metering.

The bottom line is a 20% savings for the year. The power bills prior to net metering (not including rebates) were $1415. After net metering, they came to $1136. And net metering knocked at least a year off of our payoff date.

For those unfamiliar, monthly net metering means that the power company adds up all power consumed and subtracts all power generated back into the grid for the entire month before pricing. For time-of-use plans (like we have), net metering is done in each time segment independently. The alternative (what was in place before monthly net metering) is instantaneous pricing. In instantaneous pricing, the user could purchase power at 14cents one second, then generate power back into the grid for a 3.5cent credit the next. Net metering is obviously more equitable. 

Friday, January 08, 2021

The 21-Word Review: Soul (Disney+)

 Pixar's next movie will be a heartfelt dive into quantum mechanics with a cute, doe-eyed waveform voiced by Patton Oswalt.

Thursday, January 07, 2021

The 21-Word Review: Wonder Woman 1984

 At first I didn't understand the poor reviews. Then the plot went off the rails. Then rails became a distant memory.

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

The 21-Word Review: Metallica: Through the Never (Netflix)

What I really wanted was concert footage from the S&M encore. Scratch that - what I really want is a live concert.

Tuesday, January 05, 2021

The 21-Word Review: The Perfection (Netflix)

As a frequent traveler, I would have been more traumatized if the scenes on the bus continued for the entire movie.

Monday, January 04, 2021

The 21-Word Review: Seoul Station (Amazon)

Reminds one of the Animatix in that it adds to the story, can be disturbing, and was obviously a passion project.

Sunday, January 03, 2021

The 21-Word Review: Peninsula (Amazon)

Not nearly as groundbreaking as its predecessor, it's just a serviceable action filled zombie movie with subtitles and an established world.

Saturday, January 02, 2021

The 21-Word Review: The Prom (Netflix)

It probably works better as a play than a movie. Which makes me miss live theater performances even more than ever.

The 21-Word Review: Triple 9 (Netflix)

 A bit overly complex and hard to follow at first, but there are some great shots of Atlanta for the natives.

Friday, January 01, 2021

The 21-Word Review: Ava (Netflix)

Your standard super assassin on the outs from her organization fighting for her life movie, but with a much better cast.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Mulan (DIsney+)

 I think my daughter said it best in her review, "No one asked for a live action version of this film."

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Underwater (HBO)

Science fiction movies that have a strong base in real science are hard to come by. This ain't one of them.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The 21-Word Review: I Am Greta (Hulu)

Politics aside, this is an impressive young woman who has been put in some tough situations and handled them very well.

Monday, December 28, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon)

After watching Guiliani's actions following the 2020 presidential election, I am less impressed the he was fooled by Sacha and company.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The 21-Word Review: A Call to Spy (Amazon)

Just when you've seen every World War II movie, along comes the story of a female spy with a wooden leg.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

The 21-Word Review: The Vast of Night (Amazon)

While I appreciate the efforts to make something original, the completely black screens were a bit much. Some good scenes, though.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Roald Dahl's The Witches (HBO)

Amazing CGI, scenery chewing by Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, and Stanley Tucci, and a truly disturbing ending make this quite acceptable.

Monday, October 26, 2020

The 21-Word Review: The Devil All the Time (Netflix)

It's kind of like watching a Cohen brothers movie if the Cohen brothers had been significantly more into taking recreational methamphetamines. 

Sunday, October 25, 2020

The 21-Word Review: The Trial of the Chicago Seven (Netflix)

Sorkin writes amazing dialog and tells thrilling stories. Here he gets a stellar cast to bring it to life. Heartbreaking history.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Radioactive (Amazon)

Marie Curie had one of the greatest minds in human history. She deserves better than this movie. Bad decisions, bad history.

Friday, October 23, 2020

The 21-Word Review: My Octopus Teacher (Netflix)

Despite the rather pompous narration, the amazingly smart little octopus will grab your heart and put you off of takoyaki forever.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Yesterday (HBO)

Terribly charming, but if it happened to me we'd have about five complete songs and a lot of refrains repeated endlessly.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The 21-Word Review: The Babysitter: Killer Queen (Netflix)

As much fun - if not more - than the original, but unnerving to see the little girl grown up and brandishing cleavage.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Cats (HBO)

October horror movies continue. I love musical theater. I do not love Cats. Still, it deserved better. Strange choices all around.

Monday, October 19, 2020

The 21-Word Review: A Life on Our Planet (Netflix)

David Attenborough starts the documentary stating that he is 92 years old, then acts more coherent than most half that age.