UPDATE: Thanks to Justin for catching some typos and just plain wrong facts. I will update all of it later today That should be the name of the initiative. This started as a comment over on A's Nuke Em post, but it got so long I thought I would extend it. The International Energy Association has come out and said that switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs would cut energy demands by about 10%. North Carolina can do this. We did away with regular gas and I remember a lot of people at home bitching, but who even thinks about it now?
Ban the sale of all other energy-inefficient lights and watch what would happen after the break...
Warning, this is an approximation of math, a fictionalization of math one might say.
Compact light bulbs would cut our energy needs by about 1/10th, more or less. Believe it or not, it is hard to find a single list of all power plants in North Carolina. But, if you look at the bottom graph you will see that Duke produces about 1/3 of all the energy sold in NC. And, they say their fossil plants produce about 10,100 and their nuclear produces about 2,200 in nuclear. So, 12,000 is a third of 36,000. I know that isn't perfect, but it is the best I can do until I track down all the plants of all the companies....which I'm not doing anytime soon. If anyone is a better googler than me, have at it. So, 36,000MW, which by the way doesnt' really tell you the MWh (megawatt hours), and in fact the last table makes it clear that we are talking about thousands of gigawatt hours of production (right?). But, let's stick with the MW units for the plants. A 10% decrease (that is what the IEA says) of 36,000 is 3,600MW. If we had such a decrease, we could close:
Plant Units MW Year
Buzzard Roost.10...196...MW 1971
Dan River......3....85...MW 1968
Dan River......3...276...MW 1949
This is a total of 3583 MW. By JUST switching to compact fluorescent bulbs, we could get rid of all these old plants (those are start-up years at the end). Now, if Justin wants to use less than 10%, let's say 5%, then you would not need 1,800MW or production.
The final catch, the one that would take some kind of linear statistics to figure out, is what that means when some of these plants are open only during the day. I think we could make this conclusion. With such a program, we could close at least one power plant, the Progress Energy's L.V. Sutton plant in North Carolina, which is rated as one of the worst polluters in the United States, and which is rated as about 640MW. That still leaves enough to close down a couple other "dirty" plants.
And, I have actually found this figure now, which suggests Duke only creates about 1/3 of the total energy in North Carolina (some of that is sold to SC and elsewhere).
Listen up government types, this should be your primary energy plan for the Governorship in 2008. Hold up a regular light bulb, hold up a compact fluorescent and tell people you will decrease their light bill by 10% and you will close the biggest polluting energy plants in NC within a year. Is that the end? Nope. But, it is a start.
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