Energy Use

March 22, 2011--New technology could make desalination more accessible (New York Times)

In the aftermath of earthquakes and tsunamis, one of the most desperate needs for survivors is often to have access to clean drinking water. In the future, help may be on the way from Singapore.Desalination plants have long been essential to providing fresh water in places where natural supplies are lacking.

January 24, 2010--Why is a utility paying customers? (New York Times)

Four decades ago, when Sid Erwin began his career as an inspector at the Idaho Power Company, a string of new hydroelectric plants was pumping out power faster than locals could buy it. Soon enough, Mr. Erwin recalls, the utility began sending representatives to rural areas, urging farmers to use more electricity when irrigating their crops.

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