Tag Archives: electricity

Is it Time to Leave the Grid Behind? (Graphs + Charts)

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Traditional energy grids and conventional utility companies have been a part of America’s status quo for generations- being called “natural monopolies” by many. That was then, however. This is now. For those of you not familiar with the term, a “natural monopoly” exists in industries where high start-up costs inherent in the operation of a […]

Gov’t of Peru Bringing Solar Power to Its Poorest People

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Less than 66% of Peruvians currently have electricity, leaving more than two million of Peru’s poorest citizens, literally, in the dark and without access to phones and the internet. That’s all to changing, however, and those changes are accelerating thanks to a new government program that aims to give up to 95% of Peruvians all […]

Siemens’ New Wind Turbine Commercial is Pretty Badass (video)

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Siemens’ latest commercial for their extreme wind turbine program combines dramatic, computer-generated camera angles, swooping visuals, and an epic soundtrack that might be more appropriate for a summer blockbuster if, you know, Siemens weren’t out there actually trying to save the world with their cheap, clean, non-polluting power. The kind of “save the world” thing […]

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will Not Deny Love Affair with Solar Panel

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“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Helps Create International Blackout

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On September 8th, 2011, just after 3:30 on a very hot summer afternoon, the entire electric power grid from Arizona to Mexico and southern California, went dark. A critical link in our nation’s underfunded power infrastructure was severed near Yuma, Arizona; this disruption created intermittent low wattage throughout our interconnected power supply, which then triggered the San Onofre Nuclear Power plant to completely shut down. The automatic closure of the nuclear plant then created an escalating snowball effect throughout the system, causing the largest blackout in the entire history of this region.

Solar Panel Installation in Australia Financially Driven (Not Environmentally Driven)

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The results of a recent survey by Sun Connect, an Australian solar power installation company, show that rising electricity bills have a major influence on homeowner’s decisions to go solar. Respondents pointed to high electricity bills, anticipated electricity price rises, and pain caused by high power costs, as significant areas of concern. In fact, when […]

Eco-Art: Pinwheel ‘Wind Farm’ To Promote Coal-Free Washington State

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Imagine a “sea” of twirling pinwheels surrounding an urban lake, a vast array resembling a miniature forest or farm of wind turbines, generating energy that’s harnessed cleanly from nature. It is art in the name of going green. More specifically, it’s a public-participatory art installation planned to encompass Seattle’s popular Green Lake in celebration of […]

10 Global Cities & Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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A new report ranks ten leading world cities on their greenhouse gas emissions. It also examines how and why the emissions differ. As the report says, over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. Leading cities of the world, global cities, are the places where greenhouse gas emissions really need to be cut. […]