Posts Tagged ‘Delmarva’

Energy Fuel Resource Mix

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Last January, I mentioned my fuel resource mix from my power company in a blog post. Well, I've just received the percentages for 2008. They seem to be a full seven months ahead of schedule.

Source Percentage
Coal 55.0%
Gas 7.0%
Nuclear 34.8%
Oil 0.3%
Captured Methane Gas 0.3%
Geothermal 0.0%
Hydroelectric 0.9%
Solar 0.0%
Solid Waste 0.6%
Wind 0.9%
Wood or other Biomass 0.2%
Conventional Energy Subtotal 97.1%
Renewable Energy Subtotal 2.8%

Looks like a 0.08% improvement in the wind and nuclear category. Yes, I think nuclear is a good power source and shouldn't be overlooked. I have no problem with them using less coal though. I don't see the sequestering thing working out and would bother me to live on top of a crapload of poisonous gas trapped in the ground.

I also just found a spiffy spreadsheet of the resource mix over the last couple years on Delmarva's website.  Enjoy!

Inauguration Day

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Today was a big day of change. I only caught the last part of President Obama's inauguration speech, so I'm hoping the full thing will be on the new Whitehouse.gov Blog soon.  I really like the changes that are visable on the site.  There are some things that are not seen though.  According to Jason Kottke, the new robots.txt file is a mere two lines.  The old robots.txt was over 2,400 lines long.  What this means is that the old Bush whitehouse.gov was telling Google and all the other search engines not to index their site.  The new whitehouse.gov is allowing everything to be indexed, which means it will show up in Google and archived on web.archive.org.  It's nice to see transparency at this level.

Not only was there change at the federal level, but Jack Markell was sworn in as Delaware's new Governor.  Delawareans might notice there are major changes on delaware.gov as well.

I'm happy to see these positive changes at both the state and federal levels.  I have a lot of faith that things will change for the better, but my expectations have risen as well.  These leaders have campaigned on better government and I expect better leadership than Bush and Minner.

On a somewhat not so related note, I got my electric bill today.  They included the energy sources used for the 2007 calendar year.  I'm including it below as it might be interesting to see what that mix looks like in a year or two.

Source Percentage
Coal 55.9%
Gas 7.3%
Nuclear 34.2%
Oil 0.5%
Captured Methane Gas 0.2%
Geothermal 0.0%
Hydroelectric 0.9%
Solar 0.0%
Solid Waste 0.6%
Wind 0.2%
Wood or other Biomass 0.2%
Conventional Energy Subtotal 97.9%
Renewable Energy Subtotal 2.1%

I hope to see large improvements in our energy policies. Such as use of more renewable energies like wind and higher efficiency solar panels that can sell back to the grid to lessen the load on those hot summer months. I think using oil from the middle east in our cars is a larger problem at the moment, but it's all related.

[EDIT 20-Jan-2009: I know it seems strange I'm talking about energy sources from 2007.  Maybe they are that slow??  See for yourself, here is a link to the insert that was included with my bill. ]

[EDIT 21-Jan-2009: The Inauguration is now on Youtube.  I also saw an interesting article on ARS Technica regarding the electrical grid and energy storage.]

Wind Power in Delaware

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

As I picked up my coffee this morning, I was shocked to see that Delmarva Power and Bluewater Wind announced a contract to install wind turbines off the Delaware coast.  This has been an ongoing battle with all the typical negative ads by Delmarva.  I believe Delmarva Power is owned by a huge energy company which owns the power plants under a different name, so they may have a vested interest in natural gas or coal fed plants.

Hopefully the deal will go through and cost overruns stay minimal.  But this has been a political battle, so it's still early to see how this will end up.  It's definitely a step in the right direction though.


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