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Rings – BLDGBLOG
"In the forests of northern Ontario, a “strange phenomenon” of large natural rings occurs, where thousands of circles, as large as two kilometers in diameter, appear in the remote landscape."
forestry  weird  environment  electricity  ecology 
january 2016 by tsuomela
www.nytimes.com
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: The Global History of a Torture Technology
The spread of electric torture is part and parcel of the spread of democratization. In an age where globalization is linked to abuse and exploitation and democratization is touted as the province of all that’s right, it is striking to see that electric torture is more linked to the latter than to authoritarian regimes. It arises and spreads as police forces reinvent themselves in the face of democratization and international human rights scrutiny and as well-to-do democratic consumers increasingly fear for their security. Let me demonstrate this by sketching a lost history of a torture technology, investigating its invention and diffusion over the course of a century across the globe.
history  torture  electricity  government  punishment  technology  democracy  crime  abuse 
july 2010 by tsuomela
NERC - North American Electric Reliability Corporation
Our mission is to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America. To achieve that, we develop and enforce reliability standards; assess reliability annually via 10-year and seasonal forecasts; monitor the bulk power system; and educate, train, and certify industry personnel. NERC is a self-regulatory organization, subject to oversight by the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and governmental authorities in Canada.
energy  electricity  power  standards  security  research  grid  smartgrid  government  regulation  infrastructure 
june 2010 by tsuomela
The EV Project » Home
eTec is partnering with Nissan North America to deploy up to 4,700 zero-emission electric vehicles, the Nissan LEAF, and 11,210 charging systems to support them in strategic markets in five states: Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.

The EV Project will collect and analyze data to characterize vehicle use in diverse topographic and climatic conditions, evaluate the effectiveness of charge infrastructure, and conduct trials of various revenue systems for commercial and public charge infrastructure. The ultimate goal of The EV Project is to take the lessons learned from the deployment of these first 4,700 EVs, and the charging infrastructure supporting them, to enable the streamlined deployment of the next 5,000,000 EVs.
energy  environment  electricity  infrastructure  electric  automobile  cars  vehicles  transportation 
april 2010 by tsuomela
Can we afford our technological salvation? - How the World Works - Salon.com
But technological progress ain't cheap. In fact, according to the MIT scientists who authored "Thermodynamic Analysis of Resources Used in Manufacturing Processes," published in the January issue of Environmental Science
technology  energy  environment  electricity  future 
may 2009 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
Robert Paterson's Weblog: Renewing the Banking System - Going Back to "Boring" - Bring back Utilities for Public Goods
"Credit, energy, media and food are the critical parts of what makes our way of life possible. In the last 50 years, and especially in the last 20 years, these have ended up in the hands of a tiny group of oligarchs.

They have run them in such a way that now our entire way of life is threatened."
oligarchy  oligopoly  banking  food  electricity  politics  localism  commons  public-goods  media 
february 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
George Monbiot asks Fatih Birol, chief economist of IEA, when will the oil run out? | Business | The Guardian
"In terms of non-Opec [countries outside the big oil producers' cartel]," he replied, "we are expecting that in three, four years' time the production of conventional oil will come to a plateau, and start to decline. In terms of the global picture, assuming that Opec will invest in a timely manner, global conventional oil can still continue, but we still expect that it will come around 2020 to a plateau as well, which is, of course, not good news from a global-oil-supply point of view."
energy  peak-oil  environment  electricity  policy  politics  gloom-and-doom 
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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