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  1. In abstract terms, it's when one has no preference as to which party of the contract they are. That's somewhat problematic here, because the utility has to sell energy, but they could get by without buying, and the customer (usually) has to buy some energy, but could get by without selling. In this case, same price either direction is fair. The customer makes the investment and takes all of the risk on their side. They usually don't get to pick their supplier. Charging only for net usage, not net usage plus a surcharge for being a responsible human, is fair. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  2. Based on that description, the utility would be getting a free ride from the customer if the customer is not allowed to charge the utility for their overhead. Retail one way, wholesale the other is not fair. I'm not saying the current system is optimal. I'm saying it's not less fair than the alternatives I've thus far seen advocated. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  3. No. Nor do they, generally. As pointed out above, they include overhead in customer rates. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  4. The power company is the customer. Why should they get to avoid paying for the overhead required to produce the power they purchase? The homeowner invested in solar power. Their home improvement investment should not have to go towards subsidizing your power needs. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  5. You're claiming that solar customers are taking energy from the grid during the day when power is expensive and they're capable of producing their own power with solar cells, but they're pumping excess power back to the grid during the cool night, when their power isn't worth as much. Call me skeptical. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  6. You're advocating the customer pay one rate if the power flows in one direction, but receive a different rate if the power flows in the opposite direction. There's nothing fair about that. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  7. You post as though the middle ground is unreasonable. For example, there's nothing unfair about solar panel installers receiving fair market value for their excess power. Just because you choose not to install panels doesn't mean they should have to subsidize your power needs. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  8. I see. So you're going with the "you shouldn't own your own home, because you'll have to pay for the maintenance yourself" position. Yeah, when home improvements are made, they must be maintained. Rarely is that reason to not make them. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  9. You do get that solar is the least risky energy source of all, right? If the sun goes out, everyone's screwed, not just the folks who have solar panels. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  10. More than I should, I'm told. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  11. I doubt they're as creative with wood chippers in Paris. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  12. Right there is where you lose every last shred of credibility. You may as well be claiming that Earth is a flat disk instead of an oblate spheroid. Science isn't something in which one can believe or not; science is something one understands, or doesn't. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  13. Call me overly-cautious, but I'm not convinced that a zoo is the best forever home for a tiger that, on average, eats one person every other month. That might be taking interactive exhibits a step too far. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  14. Apparently much has improved with counseling since 1973. All I have to go off of is the questionable (to be generous) content that spews from your keyboard, which you tend to justify with your extensive counseling experience. Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!
  15. Like you "know" about counseling? Math tutoring available. Only $6! per hour! First lesson: Factorials!