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Monday, August 12, 2019

At the suggestion of Barney Kane’s letter in the Public Forum on July 12, I pulled up www.windexchange.enery.gov on my computer. The information I found there and in Mr. Kane's letter reminded me of the childhood story of Henny Penny "the sky is falling."

This website claimed that one single rotation of a windmill generator will provide enough electric power for one typical home for one entire day. They show no numbers for KWH quantity or time of day KWH delivery. Every windmill generator and every solar farm is equipped with a watt-hour meter recording electric generation four times each hour of the day. These readings are not made available to the public. Have they generated far more electric power or far less electric power than the public should be allowed to know?

The two big problems for any provider of electricity to the public is the quantity of KWH they need and the time of day they need it. These two numbers are called "KWH load" and "KWH Peak Load Demand." The customer's meter records the KWH's supplied as the KWH Load increases and decreases. There is a time of day when the KWH electric load is at a maximum demand for that day. Solar farm and windmill electric generation is controlled by the weather, not customer requirements.

The maximum KWH load for the day on the distribution system or the customer's electric system is the KWH Peak Load Demand. All industrial customer electric rates contain a serious financial penalty charge for power used during the KWH Peak Load Demand period. The cost of a KWH during the hour before the Peak Load Demand and the hour following the Peak Load Demand is billed at a substantial increase in cost. Most industrial customers make use a Peak Load Demand Control system to minimize the Peak Load Demand.

Lawrence Watts Jr.



Humans of Greenville


Local photographer Joe Pellegrino explores Greenville to create a photographic census of its people.


August 16, 2019

At President Trump’s rally for re-election in Greenville on July 17, he stepped on the toes of the “Squad.” Upon calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar, some folks at the rally started chanting “Send her back.” As I reflected on the event for which my hometown took a…

August 16, 2019

Following are points of common sense for American society.

Creatively think of ways daily to serve and encourage your fellow man.

Do not wrestle with police when being arrested or point realistic toy guns at police officers.

Do not assume the content of a stranger's character.

Never quote…

August 15, 2019

From observing the recent Democratic debates, those running for president are delusional, crazy or insane. They are all competing as to who can be the most anti-Christian, anti-American to get the votes from the socialist/communist far left in America.

Democrats had rather give away our tax money…

August 14, 2019

Why didn't The Daily Reflector’s coverage about the Board of Adjustment hearing about more fraternities/sororities on West Fifth Street mention the Theta Chi fraternity located at Albemarle and West Fifth? Since it opened two years ago, Theta Chi has been a major source of disturbance and…

August 14, 2019

What if the news read "Breaking News! We have just learned that several grandchildren of the top leaders of the United States have been killed in a mass shooting." Everyone cries, "Something Must Be Done!" My question: Would anything be done then?

Harvey S. Wooten


August 14, 2019

I grew up in Baltimore and have visited family there many times. My grandfather was the editor-in-chief of the Baltimore Sun for many years and would be proud of his paper's recent stand against the damaging attack by President Donald Trump against the city and its residents.

It is true that…

August 13, 2019

On Oct 3, Pitt County will be hosting its largest cycling event to date. Nearly 2,000 tourists, from all over the country, will be pedaling into Pitt County on day five of their week-long trek across our state.

Thursday will have them riding their bicycles from Clayton to Greenville with rest stops…

August 13, 2019

In a July 23 op-ed to The Daily Reflector, Rep. Chris Humphrey wrote “I’m ready to talk about health care, but let’s get this budget passed first. It is too important to wait any longer.”

The cost we should be concerned about is lives. This budget serves mostly the top 20…

August 13, 2019

One of the most controversial and, arguably, most critical issues facing humanity is addressed by the ECU Religious Studies Program when it hosts — for the 27th Distinguished Lecture on Religion and Culture — perhaps the strongest voice of concern about global warming.

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August 13, 2019

As a sixth generation resident of Pitt County and eastern North Carolina and a 30-plus year volunteer for Pitt County Memorial Hospital/Vidant Health Board of Trustees, I am absolutely appalled at the way the State Treasurer and the State Employees Association of NC (SEANC) singled out and…

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