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Why can we not have cheap electricity?

If we can use wind power to separate oxygen and hydrogen from water why can this not be a sustainable energy for the planet???

  • Aug 9 2012: Cheap compared to what?

    Take a look around the western world and everything that uses electricity. We live in a wonder land of electrical machinery, appliances and gadgets. When people buy these things, the last thing they think about is how much electricity they use. Far more important are the effectiveness, usefulness and features. When you look at what electricity provides you, it is cheap, amazingly cheap.
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    Aug 8 2012: Because manufacturing focusses on profits; more money for businesses, not just meeting needs.
    And as long as some people cant have enough money, energy demands will keep increasing more than supply could meet.
  • Aug 8 2012: This is sad! :-(
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    Aug 8 2012: We have the technology for every home to go off the grid. Yet we don't because the power companies can't sell it to you. The companies that are making billions off antiquated technology are paying good money to keep it that way.
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    Aug 8 2012: Because demand is increasing at a rate with which supply is unable to cope up .....
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    Aug 8 2012: wind power is not cheap

    electric decomposition of water is not efficient

    hydrogen is not a good energy storage

    in short: your proposal is based on three pillars, and all of them are dysfunctional beyond repair.
    • Aug 8 2012: That was a really good answer, but why? Electric decomposition of water is not efficient at the moment, but what if we carried out a little bit more time in finding a more efficient way to separate the oxygen and hydrogen. Why is hydrogen not a good storage medium?
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    Aug 8 2012: I think that electricity is very cheap. We just use too much of it.
    • Aug 8 2012: But don't you think it could be cheaper and more available?
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        Aug 8 2012: Yes to both. But our consumption will increase in equal measures and therefore we gain nothing. We might do well to break that trend.

        It reminds of the memory and speed evolution of computers. When Digital Equipment Corporation (RIP) develop the Alpha chip at 250 MHZ many of us thought that the 4 fold increase in computer power would make us happy. All that happened was that we wrote bigger programs. My iPad is not faster in use than my 64k - 20MB PC from the 80's (should I have kept it). But in fairness, my computer runs my life now.

        Lessons learned: cost of modern commodities is inversely proportional to our usage. Or to put it differently: cost X usage = constant.

        Rather than bring electricity cost down, we should focus on the environmental cost. INCREASING cost of electricity could be a brilliant start.
        • Aug 8 2012: But what if we could turn our electrical appliances into living things. Would that not be better than electricity.
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    Aug 8 2012: it all depends on the policy that government initiate and make us all sustain with it.
    • Aug 8 2012: I think you are correct there seems to be a policy that governments seem to follow and they are not willing to look at better ideas.