Solar Power is too much of a good thing for electric power companies playing catch-up!


New Mexico is an example of what can happen

…Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) placed 178 applications for interconnection on hold in 2019 and 2020 because of capacity constraints on the feeder systems.

Eric Chavez, a utility spokesperson, said PNM never denies customer interconnection applications, however it will place applications on hold until capacity becomes available in that area.

As state regulators work to update interconnection rules for utilities, they will need to address the growing popularity of rooftop solar panels and the impact that has on the grid. Interconnection refers to when a customer can generate some of their own electricity but remains connected to the grid…

There are more than 25,500 customers within the PNM service territory with interconnection agreements. Chavez said PNM saw a 44 percent increase in applications in 2020 compared to 2019. About 6,600 customers submitted applications in 2020.

Dare I suggest that our electric companies are suffering from hardening of the arteries that feed their guaranteed profit structure? Anyone with a passing interest in technology affecting normal family life – and expenses – soon learns about alternative resources. especially the benefits of solar panels.

In 7 months before going into hiding, the Colonial Pipeline hackers extorted $90 million


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New research into the ransomware thieves who attacked the Colonial Pipeline shows just how much money they were able to extort during a fairly short crime spree: about $90 million in approximately seven months…say researchers with Elliptic, a blockchain analysis firm that specializes in tracking criminals.

In fact, DarkSide and its partners operated a network of 47 different wallets, each used to collect ransoms from multiple victims, Elliptic reported Tuesday. After the money changed hands, it was frequently funneled through crypto exchanges where it could be translated into fiat. In other cases, it was sent through Hydra, a popular European darknet marketplace that offers “cash-out services,” Elliptic researchers write. All told, affiliates gained some $74.7 million from the attacks, while DarkSide—as the developer—earned about $15.5 million.

“According to DarkTracer, 99 organisations have been infected with the DarkSide malware – suggesting that approximately 47% of victims paid a ransom, and that the average payment was $1.9 million,” writes Tom Robinson, Elliptic’s co-founder.

Not a bad gig if you feel like running the risk. We all know that crime pays. Just depends on whether or not you get away with it. In my hipster youth [1960’s definition, please], I knew more than a few criminals. They all put it in classic terms. “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime!”

Best places to live as an ex-pat


Taipei, Taiwan

Taiwan, Mexico and Costa Rica have been ranked as the top spots to live and work abroad in 2021, based on their cost of living, ease of settling in and overall quality of life.

The U.S. was ranked only 34th out of 59 places, largely because of how expats viewed quality of life in America, according to a new survey published Tuesday.

Taiwan topped the charts for the third year in a row in the survey of 12,420 expats conducted by InterNations, a Munich-based expat network with about 4 million members. Expats appreciated Taiwan’s medical care, on top of quality of life. A full 96% of respondents were happy with the quality of care, compared with 71% globally. Expats also reported they were more satisfied with their job security in Taiwan and state of the local economy than their peers in other locales.

Read on, my friends. Read on!