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A video and story on the scares about power lines beginning in the 1970s and continuing for the next 30 years.
fear  risk  perception  1980s  1990s  electricity  electric-grid  health  psychology  retro 
december 2014 by tsuomela
Electric Forecast Calls for Increasing Blackouts -
Two scary things stand out about America’s failure to shore up its grid over the last 15 years. The first is that the grid’s frailties are getting worse as our weather is getting weirder. The second is that the U.S.’s inability to sort out the right mix of public and private investment and get on with the process of building the grid we need reflects that we no longer quite believe in the common good. It’s not just a power failure, it’s also an optimism failure.
electric-grid  electricity  energy  infrastructure  america  decline  declension-narrative  environment  climate-change  global-warming 
july 2012 by tsuomela
How to get to 100 percent renewables globally by 2050 | Grist
News post on an optimistic report on changing world energy supplies. We just need to divert 3% of world GDP to efficiency, renewables, and infrastructure. Whew!
energy  environment  infrastructure  reform  change  climate  global-warming  electric-grid  electricity  model  future  growth  optimism  efficiency 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Electricity 2.0: Unlocking the Power of the Open Energy Network (OEN) | NDN
In a major new policy paper, Green Project Director Michael Moynihan argues that America must upgrade to Electricity 2.0, an open, distributed network, to unlock the potential of clean technology and unleash a renewable revolution.
politics  environment  electric-grid  infrastructure  power  energy 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe - space - 23 March 2009 - New Scientist
The most serious space weather event in history happened in 1859. It is known as the Carrington event, after the British amateur astronomer Richard Carrington, who was the first to note its cause: "two patches of intensely bright and white light" emanating from a large group of sunspots. The Carrington event comprised eight days of severe space weather.
astronomy  solar  catastrophe  coronal-mass-ejection  black-swan  gloom-and-doom  electricity  electric-grid  risk  space-weather 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Repower America
Repower America is the bold clean energy plan to “repower” our country with 100% clean electricity within 10 years.

First described in a speech last July by Al Gore, Repower America means new industries with high-paying jobs. It means lower energy costs. And, it means substituting clean domestic sources of energy and a transition away from dirty coal and foreign oil.
politics  energy  environment  renewable  green  electric-grid  electricity  policy  future 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Smart grid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A smart grid delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using digital technology to save energy and cost. Such a modernized electricity network is being promoted by many governments as a way of addressing energy independence or global warming issues
electric-grid  electricity  infrastructure  energy  environment 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Identifying Hurdles to Renewable Electricity Transmission
Implementing renewable energy on a broad scale will require steps to modernize the electrical grid.
electric-grid  electricity  modernization  infrastructure  energy  environment 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Marginal Revolution: Infrastructure: Roads and The Smart Grid
Useful references include the Department of Energy's somewhat breathless introduction for the layperson, The Smart Grid, The National Energy Technology Laboratory's The Modern Grid Strategy, the Smart Grid newsletter and papers by Kiesling and also Dismukes in Electric Choices (a book I had a hand in).
electric-grid  infrastructure  energy  environment  government 
december 2008 by tsuomela
The Modern Grid Strategy
NETL’s Modern Grid Strategy (MGS) seeks to accelerate the modernization of our nation’s electricity grid
infrastructure  electricity  electric-grid  modernization 
november 2008 by tsuomela
GOOD » Intelligent Transmission»
A blind system of transmission lines and converters, today’s grid funnels electricity one-way—from big centralized power plants to our factories, streetlights, shops, and homes. The utilities can’t detect fluctuations in energy demand
infrastructure  electricity  development  government  economics  electric-grid 
november 2008 by tsuomela

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