The major topics of discussion this week centered on the increasing demand of power hungry gadgets in the form of consumer electronics. This after the California Energy Commission proposed a plan to reduce the power consumption of new TV’s sold in the state by about half of what it is now in 2013. Turns out that some of these flat screen televisions we’ve been buying are bigger consumers of electricity than some refrigerators. A recent article in the New York Times suggests “the proliferation of personal computers, iPods, cell phones, and game amounts to the fastest-growing source of power demand in the world. Americans now have about 25 consumer electronic products in every household, compared with just three in 1980.” Continue reading “Power Hungry Gadgets Can Be Costly”
With all the talk of going green these days it’s no wonder that India is now setting progressive standards in which to expand its solar capacity. Last month, following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit they announced the solar mega-project, aimed at expanding India’s solar capacity from the current 3 megawatts (MW) to a reported 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 and furthermore 200 GW by 2050. These bold numbers form the centerpiece of a National Climate Change Strategy and will cost an estimated $20 billion dollars to implement.