For as many issues we have here in the states, I know they pale in comparison to some of the huge issues going on in developing countries. Extortion is a huge problem, and many times the local governments are involved so you have no recourse.
Extortioning is the prime crime in the developing world when you have to pay for the service you don't really enjoy. There is a country best known to me where you get billed for electricy when you did not even have the power supply. The fact that you have electric cable channelled to your house, you are responsible to pay the estimated bill. Quite unfair at times!
@Jay--argh! That is so typical. And maddening. talex: interest in the grid ebbs and flows...I think it has reignited becuase budgets for 2012 are in the works. I can only speak for the US, but standardization is a big problem. There are a bunch of folks at work it this and they have made progress. But until standards are signed, sealed and delivered, there won't be any ground-breaking, so to speak.
One of the biggest issues will be cost, and who pays for it. You are correct that even when we do things to save power, water or any other commodity, somebody loses money and tries to make it up somehow. Our local power company has had plans in place to build a new power plant @ 1.2 billion dollars. This was basically expanding their current plant. After all the time promoting 1400 construction jobs and over 100 permanent jobs, they pulled the plug 2 days ago. They say it will cost 20 million dollars to halt the job, and now they want to charge the customers more to pay for it. If we use less power they just raise the rates, kind of like legalized extortion.
Absolutely right, Bolaji. With any initiative like this, you have to ask who has skin in the game? Utilities (as they stand now) have a lot to lose if the grid becomes more efficient. Case in point: every summer, my town limits outdoor watering to every other day to conserve water. We did so well that demand for water dropped substantially. So the water department raised our rates. I'd exepct to see a lot more talking before we see the benefits.
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Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
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Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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