Beam me up, Scotty…

“Such a system would be a high-capacity inter-regional network of high-voltage [345kV and higher] transmission lines that would augment but not supplant our existing lower-capacity networks…. Today, by comparison, we have some high-voltage lines in some areas, but they are not integrated into a network.”
Sec’y. of Energy Samuel Bodman, Sept. 24, 2008

“Al Gore group urges Obama to create U.S. power grid.”
Reuters, Nov. 6, 2008

“No truly national transmission grid currently exists…. ”
Manhattan Institute Report, Oct. 14, 2008

…there’s no intelligent life here…

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 Uncategorized
  • Bruce Miller

    Hi George,

    What did you think of Jon Wellinghof’s comments in Scientific American?

    P.S. do you have an e-mail address?

  • George (a.k.a. Dr. Megavar)

    Hi Bruce,

    Sorry, but I didn’t see your comment till today. Yikes — almost 4 months! But April 23 is my “Saint’s Day,” which I’m told is a bigger deal in some European cultures that your birthday. Yes, I saw Wellinghof’s comments, and was very disappointed. Another public official who doesn’t know Kirchhoff’s Laws a hole-in-the-wall. You can’t regulate a system (tie line and frequency control) the way he describes — it’s absolutely ridiculous, in fact. And renewable energy is just not amenable to long-distance transport — e.g., wind generation has a probability of being available at ther time of system peak of only about 10%. Anyway, I’m on the road right now, but send me an e-mail and I’ll pass on some additional info when I get home. I’m at .



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