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2008-10-02 09:00:00

The United States Faces Serious Risks of Brownouts or Blackouts in 2009, Study Warns A new study released this week highlights what experts have been saying for years:  the U.S. faces significant risk of power brownouts and blackouts as early as next summer that may cost tens of billions of dollars and threaten lives. The study, "Lights Out In 2009?" warns that the U.S. "faces potentially crippling electricity brownouts and blackouts beginning in the summer of 2009, which may cost tens...

2008-08-17 18:00:46

By Libby, Cara Testing a parabolic trough in New Mexico. Photo courtesy Sandia National Laboratory. As utilities in the United States seek to develop renewable energy projects, one promising option is central station solar power (CSSP). CSSP includes solar thermal technologies, such as central receiver and parabolic trough, as well several photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Solar thermal is of particular interest due to the emerging ability to integrate thermal storage into the plant design,...

2008-07-15 03:00:34

By Blankinship, Steve Alabama's Mclntosh Unit 1 was an early CAES adopter. It was almost inevitable that Texas would see one of the first big grid glitches induced by a growing reliance on wind capacity. Late during the afternoon of Tuesday, February 26, the Electric Reliability Council of TexasERCOT-cut service to a handful of large customers in the Houston area after losing 1,400 MW of wind power over the previous three hours. During those hours wind production fell from more than 1,700...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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