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Mayor's task force says "more solar"

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  • Nan Hildreth
    To power Houston after the next hurricane, the City says it should, among other things, encourage citizens to generate their own power using solar etc. says
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 23, 2009
      To power Houston after the next hurricane, the City says it should,
      among other things, encourage citizens to generate their own power
      using solar etc. says Mayor's task force report below.


      >Reply-To: "MAYOR BILL WHITE" <CITIZENSNET@...>
      >From: "Mayor Bill White" <Mayor.Bill.White@...>
      >Sender: <MAYORBILLWHITE@...>
      >To: <NANHILDRETH@...>
      >Subject: Final Report: Mayor's Task Force on Electric Service Reliability
      >Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 09:00:05 -0500
      >
      >[]
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      >Final Report: Mayor's Task Force on Electric Service
      >Reliability<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =
      >"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
      >
      >
      >
      >The Mayor's Task Force on Electric Reliability released its final
      >report on how to protect the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
      >"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Houston area
      >electrical grid from storms like Hurricane Ike on Tuesday, April 21,
      >2009. The work of this task force has resulted in a long term plan
      >that is affordable and practical. The plan places emphasis on the
      >use of new computer technology that can re-route circuits and
      >improve overall reliability of the system.
      >
      >
      >
      >Officials from CenterPoint Energy say they are working toward
      >implementation of the plan and hope to obtain access to some federal
      >stimulus dollars to accelerate the improvements.
      >
      >
      >
      >The Plan suggested by the Task Force includes:
      >
      >
      >
      >1. Selective placement of electrical distribution lines underground
      >when other underground infrastructure is being planned.
      >
      >
      >
      >2. Installation of modern intelligent "mid-grid" innovations that
      >use computing technology to reroute circuitry following an outage.
      >
      >
      >
      >3. Home or business based generation that gives users options to
      >purchase from the grid or manufacture their own power (i.e.,
      >auxillary generation or solar power) and return power to the grid to
      >support essential systems during widespread power outages.
      >
      >
      >
      >4. Creation of an internet portal that educates consumers on
      >incentives and tradeoffs of a menu of supplemental "personal power
      >choices". Schools are being invited to participate by creating
      >teaching modules that families can use to perform their own
      >electricity fitness exercise.
      >
      >
      >
      >5. Development of a web-based portal through which citizens can
      >submit time-stamped, GPS (Global Positioning System)-stamped
      >photographs of damaged power lines, which will assist line workers
      >in emergency response.
      >
      >
      >
      >For a complete copy of the
      >report:
      ><http://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/taskforce-electricity.pdf>http://www.houstontx.gov/mayor/taskforce-electricity.pdf
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >For comments and further
      >information:
      ><mailto:electricreliabilitytaskforce@...>electricreliabilitytaskforce@...
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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      Action is the antidote to despair....
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