Posts Tagged ‘electricity’

To Entrap a Local Predator: Electricity Parasite, Caught in the Act

Monday, February 24th, 2014

There, but for extremely cheap and powerful backup OEM batteries from the Amazon, go I:

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The Perils of Electric Moped / Scooter / Bike Ownership – A2B “Bicycles” are Back in Business

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I think I saw an ad for these A2B bikes just today in the SF Weekly.

They were never very popular but I did my best to discourage purchases, to the dismay of the Ultra Motors people.

These days, Ultra Motors is gone but A2B bikes are making a comeback aided by more realistic pricing.

Thusly, as seen with a flat tire:

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IMO, you’re better off with a regular bike, one with puncture resistant tires and theft-hardened parts.

But that’s just me.

Shots From The 100: The Biggest Windmill I’ve Ever Seen – For the Giant Anheuser-Busch Beer Brewery in Fairfield, CA

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Back in the day, we only had little wind turbines.

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Anheuser-Busch and Foundation Windpower assembled a white wind turbine with a tower some 320 feet tall at the Budweiser brewery along Interstate 80. Hundreds of such mammoth turbines are in place 10 miles to the east in rural Montezuma Hills pastureland, but this one is in Fairfield city limits. Brewing beer at Budweiser should soon be a breeze. Plant General Manager Kevin Finger estimated the turbine could provide 20 percent of the electricity for the brewery.”

PG&E Talks About What It’s Like to Refuel Its Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant – An Informative Press Release

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Here’s a map to get you situated and the release is below.

Some of the stuff in there was news to me…

“Diablo Canyon Unit 2 Safely Returns To Full Power After One Of Most Successful Refuelings In Plant History

Project Provided a Major Economic Boost to the San Luis Obispo Region

AVILA BEACH, Calif., March 28, 2013 — Unit 2 at Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) Diablo Canyon Power Plant is running at full power again following a planned maintenance and refueling outage that began Feb. 3.

The outage was among the most successful in Diablo Canyon’s history, given the depth and breadth of the work involved, the excellent employee safety performance, and its conclusion ahead of schedule. Unit 1 continued to reliably generate electricity throughout the Unit 2 outage.

“Diablo Canyon Power Plant plays a major role in helping PG&E deliver some of the nation’s cleanest electricity to its customers,” said PG&E Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Ed Halpin. “The work performed during this and other planned outages supports our safe operation of the facility, and ensures a steady flow of affordable, reliable and carbon-free energy to more than three million Californians.”

About 30 projects were completed during the 48-day window, in addition to standard maintenance. Crews performed about 12,000 outage-related activities, involving about one million hours of inspections, maintenance and equipment upgrades.

Major project work included replacing a portion of the Unit 2 reactor fuel, upgrading a crane system that moves key plant components, and installing a new digital Process Control System (PCS). The PCS monitors and controls various plant systems. The Diablo Canyon team set an industry record by completing the upgrade, which involved thousands of electrical connections, in less than 50 days.

Halpin attributed the success of the outage in part to effective preparation and planning by plant personnel.

“Completing the outage in a safe and efficient manner and returning the unit to service ahead of schedule is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our dedicated employees and contractors–both before and during the outage,” Halpin said. “When considering the scope of work conducted, our team of professionals turned in a world-class performance.”

Each of Diablo Canyon’s two reactor units is refueled about every 18 months. During a planned outage, more than 1,000 trained supplemental workers from around the country are brought in to assist the plant’s nearly 1,500 employees.

Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Peter Candela said these outages provide a major economic boost to the region as out-of-town contractors and their families lodge in hotels, rent homes and patronize local businesses while working at the plant.

“Planned outages at Diablo Canyon help our local businesses thrive,” Candela said. “During each outage, around $5 million is spent locally by visiting workers and their families. We always appreciate the time they spend in our community, and hope they enjoy their experiences visiting Pismo Beach and the region.”

Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s two units together produce approximately 2,300 net megawatts of electricity without greenhouse-gas emissions. That total represents about 10 percent of all electricity generated in California, enough energy to meet the needs of more than three million Northern and Central Californians.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ or www.pgecurrents.com.

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SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

CONTACT: PG&E External Communications – (415) 973-5930

Undercapitalized Electric Car Owner Strings an Extension Cord Across the Sidewalk on a Routine Basis

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Now I can see doing this kind of thing late at night when you’re in a jam, but this shouldn’t be a routine, daily thing, right?

Off-brand electric car, looooong extension cord, garage – Western Addition, USA:

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I cry foul.

In Addition to Killing People in San Bruno, PG&E Constructs Large Ugly Buildings – SF’s Ugliest, the Embarcadero Substation

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Is this San Francisco’s ugliest large building or what?

But, as usual, the pro-business SPUR orgnaization has a boner for anything have anthing to do with PG&E and/or the San Francisco City Family Establishment:

“Embarcadero Substation. Built in 1973, this monochromatic, cast-concrete building on Folsom Street features slightly exposed aggregate that is not detectible to the human eye from across the wide street. Discoloration from smog helps accentuate its subtle curves and makes the building read as even more massive and brawny.”

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Oh, what’s that, PG&E? You’re not the worst large utility in America? Oh yes you are.

Oh, what’s that, PG&E? At least this monolith hasn’t killed eight people through your gross incompetence? Well, I’ll give you that.

Oh, what’s that, PG&E? You want to charge what to the ratepayers instead of your shareholders? Oh, everything?

Well, sure, why not? Let’s give all our money to PG&E else they’ll kill even more people.

Consider it protection money.

The Lighted Christmas Snowflakes of the Corrupt Twitterloin: Bringing Holiday Cheer to Stolen iPhone Sellers

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

I’ll tell you, the lighted Christmas snowflakes of Market Street used to stop just past Fifth Street, because, you know, who cares about Mid Market?

Well, these days, the lighted Christmas snowflakes of Market Street make it all the way to 7th Street, AFAICS.

See?

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Hurray!

Uh, Shouldn’t the Workers of City Hall Turn Off Their Lights, You Know, At Night, When Nobody’s There?

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Hells yes!

For symbolic reasons, if for no other.

It’s like this every night:

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When Oh When Will San Francisco Be Rid of Vaillancourt Fountain? It Riffs Off a Freeway That’s No Longer There

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Vaillancourt Fountain was a comment on its former neighbor, the Embarcadero Freeway. But the freeway is all gone, so why are we still stuck with the fountain?

Remember when SFGov shut down this fountain back in 2000 to save on operating costs?

Why not let’s do that again?

Via Tobi Harriman:

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(Hey man, nice shot!)

Or better yet, let’s just take this whole thing down.

San Francisco is So Rich We Can Afford to Light Up the Giant Market Street “VIRGIN” Sign in Perpetuity?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Here’s the reverse-angle, at night, from Market Street near the Union Square Apple Store.

It’s the giant neon sign for our long-closed Virgin Megastore:

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Now didn’t I talk about this just last month? So why is this sign still burning brightly 24-7? There’s no actual Megasto any mo, right? Has this store sign become an ad for the Virgin Empire? Does somebody turn the sign off on Christmas to honor the Baby Jesus ‘n stuff? Does the City and County of San Francisco pay for the juice to power it?

I know not.

The juice, the precious juice