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August 14, 2013

Time is of the essence — and, as of today, there are two days left. Two days for you, your neighbor and a co-worker to make a comment on the repowering of the NRG Energy Inc....

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Aug-16-13 7:51 AM

hey cronig, you should sell extension cords, close to the customer. Just plug the appliance in and it will work ,right cronig ? The cronig solution folks, extension cords, the grid with no generator !

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Aug-16-13 7:39 AM

hey crumbug, speaking off nationalization, how is it the schools have not changed in the same time period ? We still have the looney liberals in charge and yet all other business has changed ! Why ? follow the money , it leads to the dumbacrats.

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Aug-16-13 7:38 AM

hey cronig, you can have all the wires you want, no power in them is just scrap copper. It is amazing how you get things backwards all the time. but thats what liberals do ! Drive around southern erie county, NG has done a lot of rewire work . You can see new wires on poles and equipment that was not there for 50 years. All is for naught with out a generator. If we have a generator and the wires that would seem better than just wires no ? Is that too simple for you ? Parts of southern erie county can get power from Tonawanda plant due to the rewiring work. Now if wire was all there is to it ? Why rewire at all ? the system worked for 50 plus years and the population and business declined.Huge drops in demand when the steel plants closed. Many mega watts gone.Maybe we can get power without a power plant 24/7 eh cronig ? lets hear more of your nonsense answers.

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Aug-14-13 9:03 PM

PR -- Not to pun, but it is all about power, isn't it? -- who has the the power in the electricity supply chain, the producers (NRG) or the distributors (NG). My bet is NG as they are closer to the customer.

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Aug-14-13 12:06 PM

Observer posters again show how little they understand the electricity business. In National Grids world, the distribution network is different than the transmission network, which is what the NRG repowering issue revolves around. Upgrading distribution means fixing the poles and wires in our neighborhoods that have been deteriorating for decades and has no bearing on the NRG deal whatsoever and in fact National Grid has been billing you and I for those upgrades for years and putting the money in their pockets. Its only when the PSC, NERC and FERC step in that they actually spend the money on what they should have been doing all along. you see its easy to baffle unknowing readers with impressive numbers when the truth is they should have been doing it all along. Ask a lineman what kind of shape the distribution is in!!

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Aug-14-13 11:19 AM

Sure, Dcronlg, but it's still a big slap across the face of the environmentalists, whose chief concern is dirty energy. They are investing 3x the amount but the problem remains the energy will be sourced by coal, from WV, PA, and OH.

Personally, I don't see why both can't be done. Repower NRG, and upgrade NG transmission. Win-win. But then, how could NG remain in complete control?

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Aug-14-13 10:05 AM

NatGrid just announced its going to invest $1.6 billion to upgrade its NYS distribution network, one-third of which ($500M) is going into the WNY market area.

Its as if NatGrid is looking at NRG and saying, "We'll meet your $500M WNY investment and raise you another $1.1B for the rest of NY." (psst...NOW do you guys understand why the Business Council supported NatGrid -- maybe they were told info that wasn't publicly shared???)

I told you guys that this NRG/NatGrid dynamic was playing out on a macro-level and NRG was trying to play it as a micro-local (Dunkirk) concern. Larger market forces are working here and NRG is showing it isn't a player.

NatGrid is a UK company, folks -- welcome to globalization...

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