Joey BunchJoey BunchFebruary 8, 20174min330
Senate Bill 89 before the Senate Business, Labor and Technology  Committee Wednesday afternoon would make it easier to collect energy for later in a home battery. Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Steve Fenberg from Boulder and Republican Rep. Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud, the legislation allows homeowners to store up to 25 kilowatts, and assures that utilities […]

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John TomasicJohn TomasicJanuary 24, 201712min522

State Sen. Kevin Lundberg has lived off the power grid in Berthoud for the last 25 years. He generates and stores his own electricity and right now he is awaiting a shipment from China of nickel-iron home batteries. “These kind of batteries were invented by Thomas Edison,” Lundberg said in an interview last week. “The batteries he invented are still functioning. They last forever, not like the lead-acid batteries we use now, which you have to replace. The problem is, they shut down all production of the nickel-iron batteries in the 1960s — except they're still making them in China.” Lundberg seems to be just warming up into his topic. It’s hard to get it all down.