Posts Tagged ‘electricity’


Please see the article by Sam Carana on how a larger grid, yet a simultaneously more locally-run grid, can be implemented.  The purpose is to capture as much of the electricity being generated as possible while keeping a local level of control, to try to avoid undue influence by those who fail to understand the details of energy policy.  Read about how many parts of Europe already have surplus electricity, and how countries are linking their grids together to improve efficiency.  Part of the rationale for such arrangements in Europe is that countries which generate a lot of electricity from wind can necessarily control when that electricity is most plentiful, but they don’t want it wasted.  At the same time, such European countries may need electricity from other sources, say hydroelectric plants in a neighboring country, when wind power isn’t sufficient.  Similar arrangements could be made throughout North America.  See what Sam has to say!  He gives lots of sources for his comments and information.


Energy conservation is on nearly everyone’s mind these days, and people are looking for ways to make a statement about their commitment to the environment.  With just three weeks left until Earth Hour 08, 8-9 pm on March 29, a wide array of companies, cities and other organizations from around the world have signed on to participate by turning off their lights for one hour.  This worldwide event, which grew out of a local event in Sydney Australia last year, is sponsored by WWF, the World Wildlife Fund.

Sponsoring companies include:

  • Hewlett-Packard (official Earth Hour technology partner)
  • National Geographic Channel (official U.S. media partner)

Participating US cities include:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • San Francisco, California
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Northbrook, Illinois
  • Denver, Colorado

and International locations are numerous.

To find out more, go to the Earth Hour web site and sign up.   Sign up, participate and organize to help raise awareness of energy-related environmental issues.