Re: [hreg] [Fwd: The Truth About America's Energy Needs]
- This discussion about electrical transmission loss peaked my interest
because I have actually experienced this energy loss along high voltage
transmission lines, and so can anyone who reads this. Just take a everyday
40 watt fluorescent lamp (the 4 ft. long bulb used everywhere) and go out
under a high voltage transmission line at night and see what happens. I bet
you that it will light up (not brightly like in a fixture, but with a strong
glow) just like it did for me several years ago when I tried it.
So, if there is this much energy loss when standing 50 ft below the power
lines to light up a fluorescent lamp without it touching anything (I was
holding onto the glass part with the ends in mid-air not touching anything
except air, if I remember correctly), how much energy loss is there in a
circle all the way around the high power transmission lines? Then imagine
this circle as a tube running for miles upon miles along these lines, how
much energy loss would this amount to? Could it be harnassed for
practical use like lighting roadways like Westpark that run along side such
power lines, instead of constructing the usual street lights. Anybody into
----- Original Message -----
From: "Leonard Bachman" <LBachman@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 2:26 PM
Subject: Re: [hreg] [Fwd: The Truth About America's Energy Needs]
> Transmission losses in electrical systems are actually very
> small, less than 1% perhaps. The gross inefficiencies are in
> combustion and turbine generation. That is where the 80%
> overall rating comes in.
> Leonard Bachman
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> > >Maybe it's time to start working on a more effecient
> means of sending
> > >electricity.
> > Or maybe, not sending at all, or at least as far.
> > (decentralized) generation anyone?
> > Andrew H. McCalla
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Re: [hreg] Earth Day 2002Having been a RG reseller, Local Pro and stock holder in the past I think if more people knew what is going on with this company they would be less inclined to conduct business with them.Recently RG elected to sell out to a large corporation in Ohio. Some of the terms of that deal were that the wholesale program for regional dealers and Local Pros was eliminated, stockholders were compensated at a ten to one loss and Schaeffer got to keep the Solar Living Center as his own little non-profit toy. Not to mention the massive layoffs that occurred at RG when the catalog operations were shifted to Ohio.Real Goods is not the warm, fuzzy company that they have successfully managed to convince the general public they are. This is yet another cold, calculating corporation that does not hesitate to screw associates, employees and investors to achieve single minded objectives. To anyone who thinks this company is a Earth friendly, green, sustainable business I hope they soon understand this is not the case.SBT Designs
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www.sbtdesigns.com----- Original Message -----From: Michael BegleySent: Wednesday, April 11, 2001 10:26 PMSubject: Re: [hreg] Earth Day 2002Real Goods SolFest every summer.More info from their newsletter:Plans continue to be laid for SolFest 2001, produced by the non-profit Institute for Solar Living, which nurtures and maintains the Solar Living Center, and concentrates on its mission of inspirational, environmental education. It is the ISL that puts on over 40 educational workshops every year, runs tours for students and energy professionals, and produces the 6th Annual SolFest, the nation's premier energy and sustainable living festival.
So far scheduled to speak are Roy McAlister, president of the American Hydrogen Association and Dave Foreman, founder of EarthFirst! and currently working on the "re-wilding" of the SouthWest. Paul Ray and Sherry Anderson, demographers extraordinaire who coined the term "cultural creatives", will be leading an interactive workshop on who we are as cultural creatives and where we are going. Many more great speakers are on the "not-yet-confirmed list.
Musically, the talent is beginning to line up and invitation letters have gone out to Bruce Cockburn, Crosby-Stills-Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Keb Mo, Indigo Girls, and more - just who we land musically is yet to be determined. Mark your calendars for August 25th and 26th! We'll keep you updated on more news about the event in future issues of the Solar Times.
Enjoy the Spring!
Real Goods President & Founder
I too read about that concert in California, but can't remember the
source. I think the concert was called Pig Fest, which may aid in
Robert Johnston wrote:
> I'm sorry I can't recall where I read about it, but it might have been
> the RealGoods catalog. Anyway, there is an annual concert in California
> by a rock band with a huge sound system that is entirely powered by solar
> panels. They have to store up the juice in batteries due to the high
> peak loads during the concert. You might search the web for this.
> Alternatively, you could always go with my preferred kind of music
> (classical) and have a string quartet play with little need for
> at all. :-)
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