tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:/posts MeterDude.com 2018-01-15T18:51:53Z MeterDude.com tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1230497 2018-01-11T20:33:33Z 2018-01-15T18:51:53Z L&I Agency Requested Inspection Form (power point)

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1223732 2017-12-31T15:00:00Z 2017-12-31T15:00:07Z NREL scientists are developing windows that can generate electricity and provide their own shade

Glass that darkens when exposed to sunlight is nothing new, but scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden have developed a product that not only darkens but can generate electricity.

Scientist Lance Wheeler was experimenting using gas molecules that move through an absorbent layer of glass that acts as a solar power cell when he placed the glass on a hot plate to dry after treating it with methylamine gas.

As the glass heated, it turned brown. When he removed it from the heat source, it became transparent.

“He was just making a solar cell, but he didn’t expect it to act the way it did. That was really a ‘What was that?’ moment,” said Robert Tenent, NREL senior scientist for window technology who worked with Wheeler. He played with it for a bit and came to us and said, 


tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1223719 2017-12-29T19:52:46Z 2017-12-29T19:52:46Z How Corporations ‘Bypassed the Politics’ to Lead on Clean Energy in 2017

When President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord attention quickly turned to corporate America. Would business leaders forge ahead in the fight against climate change in the absence of federal backing?

In 2017, at least, the answer is yes. 

As of December 12, when heads of state joined to commemorate the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, 327 major corporations, worth a cumulative $6.5 trillion, had committed to matching their emission reduction plans with the Paris goals through the Science Based Targets initiative. Another 864 companies have stated their intention to adopt a science-based target within two years. 


Fellin, Greg
tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1219932 2017-12-21T17:49:28Z 2017-12-21T17:49:29Z Social Security Administration announces small increase in 2018 wage base

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced Friday that the maximum amount of wages in 2018 subject to the 6.2% Social Security tax (old age, survivor, and disability insurance) will rise from $127,200 to $128,400, an increase of a little more than 1%. By comparison, the 2017 wage base increased more than 7% over the 2016 wage base.  

The maximum amount of Social Security tax a taxpayer could pay will therefore increase from $7,886.40 in 2017 to $7,960.80 in 2018, an increase of $74.40.

The SSA also announced that Social Security beneficiaries will get a 2% increase in benefits in 2018, after receiving a 0.3% increase in benefits in 2017 and no increase in 2016. The average retiree will receive an increase of $27 a month.



Fellin, Greg
tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1219285 2017-12-20T07:00:01Z 2018-01-15T18:48:11Z Power Flow per Landisgry


tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1204282 2017-11-09T19:58:25Z 2017-11-09T19:58:26Z What is BLONDEL'S THEOREM? What does BLONDEL'S THEOREM mean? BLONDEL'S THEOREM meaning - BLONDEL'S THEOREM definition -BLONDEL'S THEOREM explanation.

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1202506 2017-11-01T14:32:46Z 2017-11-01T14:32:46Z How Does Solar Energy Actually Work?

Solar panels house groups of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which turn the sun’s UV rays directly into electricity. Several panels together are called a solar array.

The electricity your solar panels generate is DC, not the AC electricity needed by all the energy-consumers at your nonprofit, like computers, printers, and heating or air conditioning.

So you’ll install an inverter to convert the DC electricity into usable AC electricity.

Your solar-generated electricity will flow to your electrical box and then straight into your office, building, warehouse, etc.

Powering your devices and everything else will work exactly the same — flip on a switch or plug something in and no one will ever never know the difference

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1202503 2017-11-01T14:26:26Z 2017-11-01T14:28:15Z Solar: Your Production Won’t Lose Value
People often approach us with the question, “I work during the day, and I’m at home at night. What happens to the energy my system produces if I’m not at home?” Here’s our answer: You’re never going to lose the value of the power your solar system produces. The entire solar industry hinges on the ability for the consumer to get full retail credit for their solar production. What makes solar viable in the state of California is the fact that utility companies are mandated to compensate you for that power you produce.

The truth is, your next door neighbor is probably the one using the power your system produced while you’re at work. ​Electricity occurs in real-time; it is consumed as it is produced. The only case in which this isn’t true is if you aren’t tied to the grid.

Spin Your Meter Backwards
Your electric meter is “bidirectional”. Your electric meter runs backward as it measures the energy you produce from your solar system, crediting you for production. But, it also will run forward each time you need to pull electricity from the grid. PG&E will take your “net” energy difference and it will be reflected on your monthly utility bill. You will be credited the same value per watt for energy produced as you’re being charged when you consume.
Build Up Credit
The great thing about this system is that in the sunshine months of the year that you aren’t using a whole lot of power (April, May, October), but are producing tons of energy – your meter is running backwards. You should see a credit each month on your PG&E statement, which carries over to the next month. So when the summer or winter months do hit, you are able to live more comfortably without breaking the bank, using up some of those accumulated credits from prior months.
What’s Changed with NEM
Net Energy Metering (NEM) has been an important component in the rise of solar system installations in the past decade, and for good reason. It allows owners of residential and commercial solar systems to facilitate and monitor their energy production. PG&E made some changes last year concerning their net metering program, and implemented NEM 2.0.
Most of the program’s changes are comprised of what are called “non-bypassable charges”. PG&E will now charge you 2 cents per watt whenever you pull from the grid. Homeowners with solar were exempt from this charge prior to 2016. However this should only amount to 200-600 kw from the grid, $8-12 per month. Compared to other states, California’s changes were pretty user-friendly and we’re optimistic about our state’s future policies when it comes to solar.

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1201395 2017-10-27T20:06:49Z 2017-10-27T20:06:49Z Wild Horse Wind Facility reached a NEW Energy Milestone!

On Monday, the Wild Horse Wind Facility reached an energy milestone, surpassing 7,000,000 megawatt hours of production. This includes production from Wild Horse Phase 1, which came online in November 2006, and Wild Horse Phase 2 (Whiskey Ridge) which came online in the fall of 2009. October has been a wild month for weather at Wild Horse, with thunderstorms, two days of snow, and a gust on Oct. 17 that reached 90 mph. (Photo by Andrea Nesbitt)


Fellin, Greg
tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1201182 2017-10-26T18:14:48Z 2017-10-27T21:12:35Z Fire  at the Meter — Tioga Road

On Friday, 10/20/17, an alert resident of Tioga Road noticed a fire occurring at the electric meter of a nearby home. The resident called 911 to request the fire department and then began to spray water on the fire. Hayward Firefighters in an effort to ensure the fire was fully extinguished made contact with an occupant of the home to check the home to ensure there were no fires in the walls or attic. Firefighters discovered the home was being used to grow a large amount of marijuana prompting for a police investigation. Patrol officers suspected this was an illegal grow and called in the Narcotics Unit. A search warrant resulted in the seizure of more than 400 mature plants weighing more than 300 pounds with a street value of more than $500,000.

The conversion of a home to an illegal marijuana grow can be a dangerous operation creating significant fire and ecological hazards to a neighborhood. Why? Electrical circuits can be overloaded causing a fire which if not noticed could cause catastrophic damage to life and property. Often these grows use large quantities of chemical fertilizers that can be a health hazard and the plants require a lot of water exceeding the normal household use.

This grow operation grossly exceeded the recently passed personal use and possession laws and created unreasonable and unnecessary dangers to the innocent neighbors.

Thank you to the neighbor who spotted this fire and prevented a serious catastrophe!

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1197884 2017-10-12T17:50:55Z 2017-10-12T17:50:55Z Phase Shifter...


Fellin, Greg
tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1197075 2017-10-09T16:23:16Z 2017-10-09T16:23:16Z Just another day in the office...

What a mess.

Fellin, Greg
tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1192567 2017-09-20T14:55:56Z 2017-09-20T14:55:56Z Northwest Lineman College


tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1190761 2017-09-12T18:34:53Z 2017-09-12T18:34:54Z Energy Efficiency: Careers that make a difference...

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1190446 2017-09-11T16:42:02Z 2017-09-20T14:21:54Z Blondel's Theorem

In an system of N conductors, N-1 meter elements,
properly connected, will measure the power or energy taken.

The connection must be such that all potential coils have a common tie
to the conductor in which there is no current coil.

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1189790 2017-09-08T17:51:16Z 2018-01-15T18:32:15Z How Many?

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1184755 2017-08-20T18:11:00Z 2017-08-18T18:12:48Z Green Tech Media stories on Power Theft https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/tag/power-theft

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1184754 2017-08-18T18:05:52Z 2017-08-18T18:14:13Z Tampering And Security In Electric Meters
An electric meter is a device used for measuring the amount of electrical energy supplied to a residential or commercial building. Due to the increasing cost of electricity, tampering and security in electric meters has become a major concern for government agencies across the globe. Especially in populous countries like India and China tampering in electric meter and energy theft have become quite common. 
tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1183518 2017-08-14T15:17:08Z 2017-08-14T15:17:08Z Is RF really a concern?

Take a look at these comparisons of RF (Radio Frequency) given off by electrical meters...


tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1181765 2017-08-08T15:49:45Z 2017-08-08T15:49:46Z Hey Mr. Tree wha'cha doin?

I think we may have problems here some time... 😳

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1178272 2017-07-29T05:31:48Z 2017-07-29T05:31:48Z They don't know what they don't know!

"They just don't know, what they don't know!" and that's why good training, knowledgeable Meter Journeyworkers, and Apprenticeships are so important!

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1177304 2017-07-26T15:42:59Z 2017-08-18T18:14:53Z New meters mean Seattle City Light won’t visit homes anymore

You won’t have Seattle City Light coming to your house to check your meter anymore after its new update; soon, you should be able to check your energy usage online.

Many of Seattle City Light’s current electric meters have been measuring citizens’ energy usage since the 1950s. Beginning July 31, new advanced meters with radio transmitters will replace them, eliminating the need for meter-reading visits from city employees.

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1175481 2017-07-20T15:56:32Z 2017-07-20T15:56:32Z TEST



Fellin, Greg
tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1174929 2017-07-19T01:26:33Z 2017-07-19T01:26:34Z Nope 👎

 This isn't correct!

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1174751 2017-07-18T15:42:35Z 2017-07-18T15:42:35Z Bulletproof Your Emergency Fund SmartDollar


Bulletproof Your Emergency Fund


You can be ready when life throws its little curve balls. Here's how.


The $1,000 emergency fund. This is the easiest of all the Baby Steps. But it can also be the hardest! When approximately three quarters of Americans* are living paycheck to paycheck, there's not a lot of extra money laying around to sock away, especially for those who have debt. Once you work an extra job or sell everything in your house that's not tied down, you need to hold on to that money.

So how do you keep from using your emergency fund money once you set it aside?

Here are three tips:

1. Keep it separate. Consider setting up a separate bank account, and don't touch it!

2. Don't borrow from yourself. Forget that money's in there. Don't fall back into bad spending habits, and don't use it to pay any old debts off.

3. Stay intense. Once the fund is in place, keep going! You've got the ball rolling. Stay fired up.

Now those little costly surprises won't take you down. You'll be ready for them—and for the next Baby Step.

Get more tips and tricks on how to save your $1,000 emergency fund up quickly inside SmartDollar.



*CNN Money 2013. More recent data may alter this assessment.


Fellin, Greg
tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1174400 2017-07-17T16:00:26Z 2017-07-17T16:01:27Z What is wrong with this pictures?

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1172909 2017-07-12T20:09:52Z 2017-07-12T20:13:31Z Stainless steel metering cabinet

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1172797 2017-07-12T14:34:33Z 2017-11-01T21:06:45Z Check out the EUSERC website...

Electric Utility Service Equipment Requirements Committee (EUSERC) 

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1168532 2017-06-28T17:00:27Z 2017-06-29T14:54:14Z Washington State L & I Permit/Inspection Here is the link you need to look this stuff up: http://fe1.in/a5ZyZM

tag:blog.meterdude.com,2013:Post/1167393 2017-06-25T18:00:17Z 2017-06-25T18:00:17Z A new start for MeterDude.com

This website has Started a new. The old format/service has made to many changes & it no longer the service it once was. It becomes something that many don't want to use, so we have moved to this new format. It seems our new service will be a set standard & word has been given they will never sell out, like the old service.

Many of the post from the old site have yet to be moved over, if that even happens. This being the case you can access the older site at http://that.meterdude.com/