Lately, my boyfriend has been incredibly excited about using PowerTOP to decrease power usage for his Dell XPS running Arch. It’s a fantastic utility that displays a minimalist monitor for background activity in the terminal, but unfortunately it only exists for Linux systems.I’ve regularly used Activity Monitor for monitoring my CPU and memory usage, but I was beginning to wonder if it might be possible to have a non-GUI assistant for #mac systems.A thread on Stack Exchange recommended powermetrics, a #command-line utility designed specifically for Mac usage. It offers several uses, including sampling groups (interrupt sources, CPU power, device power states, battery and backlight info, thermal pressure notifications, and more).You can also save samples to buffers, order processes, and (...)
#Cape_Town is Three Countries: #Curatorship in times of load shedding
“Load shedding” is a nice South African term for daily deliberate shutdown of #electricity supply in parts of the country due to shortage in supply. The following are three short.....
Using #renewable #energy sources as baseline electric production requires solving the problem of their intermittency. Grids are not there yet, but solutions exist in concept - what conversion to renewable energy now requires is political will to invest in engineering development.
#electricity #power #wind #solar #geothermal #hydroelectric #HVDC #grid
“About 32% of all #electricity delivered by City Power Johannesburg is lost to theft”
#électricité #fraude #energy #énergie #réseau #network #South_Africa
Au rayon “how to turn shit into gold” (ici “how to turn pee into #electricity”), going to the loo can recharge a smartphone : ▻http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21610187-going-loo-can-recharge-smartphone-pee-power #toilettes #cdp
Tattoo biobatteries produce power from sweat
In the future, working up a sweat by exercising may not only be good for your health, but it could also power your small electronic devices. Researchers will report today that they have designed a sensor in the form of a temporary tattoo that can both monitor a person’s progress during exercise and produce power from their perspiration.
#Gaza's only #power_plant « finished » in Israeli shelling
Israeli tank fire hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant on Tuesday, witnesses said, cutting #electricity to Gaza City and many other parts of the Palestinian enclave of 1.8 million people. A thick column of black smoke rose from the facility, which supplies the territory with two-thirds of its energy needs, and the fuel containers were in flames. “The power plant is finished,” its director, Mohammed al-Sharif, told Reuters. He said the local fire brigade was not equipped to extinguish the blaze. read more
World Bank Group President #Jim_Yong_Kim (L) gestures during a joint press conference alongside the Saudi Arabian Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf (R), after the end of their meeting in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on June 1, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Stringer) World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim (L) gestures during a joint press conference alongside the Saudi Arabian Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf (R), after the end of their meeting in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah on June 1, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Stringer)
On Tuesday, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim concluded his visit to #Lebanon. However, leaks about the talks he held in Beirut suggest the issues discussed go far beyond the stated purpose of his meetings, namely (...)
Aerial photo of the windfarm, with the substation and one of the service vessels just in view:
A tour of the facility: ▻http://www.solwayshorestories.co.uk/shore-stories/robin-rigg-the-offshore-wind-farm - I found the article after having found the cable cross-section picture...
#Lebanon passes “modified” bill for #EDL workers
Lebanon’s parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that could grant full time contracts for over 1,000 part time #electricity workers following a two year struggle and numerous strikes over the issue. But it has yet to be seen if the bill, a modified version of a 2012 agreement that ended a three month-long summer strike, will satisfy electricity workers who demonstrated for a third straight day Wednesday to urge Parliament not to shortchange them. read more
Lebanese unions, #electricity_workers announce strike for Wednesday
Electricity workers protest for contracts in downtown Beirut on April 1, 2014. (Photo: Al-Akhbar - Marwan Tahtah) Electricity workers protest for contracts in downtown Beirut on April 1, 2014. (Photo: Al-Akhbar - Marwan Tahtah)
Lebanese trade unions and electricity workers announced a strike for Wednesday after Parliament failed to pass a wage increase law during the opening legislative session Tuesday. Part time electricity workers are also protesting Parliament’s failure to approve a draft law that could grant over 1,000 of them full time contracts and benefits. The strike means thousands of public administration workers as well as teachers at public and private schools will stay at home or join a general demonstration (...)
#electricity_workers block Beirut highway over layoffs
Dozens of laid-off electricity workers blocked both sides of a major highway just north of Beirut Tuesday morning to demand their reinstatement. Thousands of motorists were trapped for hours as the workers set fire to tires and fended off security forces who tried to disperse them. They later reopened one side of the highway, but threatened to stay put until private electricity company #KVA re-hires 62 contractual workers who were recently let go. read more
Badia residents protest against nuclear reactor | The Jordan Times
In a “no to nuclear” rally on the outskirts of the town of Muwaqqar, some 20 kilometres south of #Amman, dozens of environmentalists, activists and tribal leaders protested against plans to construct twin 1,000 megawatt reactors in the nearby Qusayr Amra region, accusing the government of exposing area residents to “danger”.
During the hour-long demonstration, local community leaders and energy experts took turns criticising the proposed site for the reactors, claiming it would threaten underground water resources.
“We have dozens of alternatives to nuclear energy — wind, solar power and oil shale,” said Mashaal Majali, an activist with the National Coalition Against the Nuclear Reactor.
“Why expose the entire country to danger and use valuable water resources when we have all the alternative energy options right before us?” he asked.
Protesters called on the government to halt plans for the reactors, vowing a “war of resistance” if construction plans proceed.
“This land is where we farm, where we raise livestock and most importantly where we raise our children,” said Mohammed Suleiman a Muwaqqar-area farmer who fears that the reactor’s proximity will affect cultivation.
“If the government believes that we will stay silent because we are in the badia and not in Amman, they are making a big mistake.”
Thursday marked the latest in a series of protests over the planned reactor site, which was unveiled in a press conference in late October to announce the selection of Russian state-owned firm Rosatom as the preferred vendor to construct two 1,000-megawatt reactors by 2021.
Activists and local residents claim that the reactors threaten the underground aquifers in Azraq, some 15 kilometres from the proposed site.
The Jordan Atomic Energy Commission listed the site’s distance from major urban centres and proximity to the Khirbet Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant among its advantages.
How much power does #Africa need ? Massive unmet demand ahead !
▻http://www.cgdev.org/blog/how-much-power-does-power-africa-really-need #energy #electricity
What can #Barack_Obama’s “Power Africa” program achieve ?
Tweet Seven billion dollars is a lot of money—except when it goes into #infrastructure. Then, $7bn, the sum that the US has committed to spend over the next five years on the Obama administration’s newly-announced Power Africa initiative, does not sound like so much at all. Even considering that Power Africa will roll out in [...]
#Business #FEATURED #Latest #POLITICS #Africapitalism #aid #Aldwych_International #electricity #Ethiopia #Ghana #Heirs_Holdings #investment #Joseph_Wilson #Kenya #Liberia #Nigeria #OPIC #Symbion_Power #Tanzania #Tony_Elumelu
Reports have said that the House will allow the government to raise the price of electricity if the government agrees to arrange a general pardon.
Entre autres forfaits qui pourraient être effacés, les fraudes répétées de certains puissants, notamment des députés, qui ne paient pas leurs factures électriques ou trafiquent leurs compteurs...:
Jordanians want to know the real reasons behind the debt as well as identify and hold to account those responsible for it. They also want the dues owed to the electricity company by some privileged individuals and categories paid first, otherwise the poor and the unprivileged end up paying it.
Solidere Burns Bright While Lebanon Goes Dark | Al Akhbar English
Article intéressant mais assez criticable. Je reproduit ici le commentaire sur le site du Akhbar:
The second part of this paper shows very clearly a major problem of the electricity grid in Lebanon, ie the undercapacity of the distribution network in some areas, like Dahiyeh. This shows that the pb is not only one of production as the minister claims but of distribution too.
But the first part is confusing and, I fear, misleading. The “plant” is not, as far as I know and as far as I understand, a powerplant which would supply the downtown area when EDL does not serve it, as would do a neighbourhood generator, since this would mean that a parallel network would exist, which i think is not the case. We are speaking about “transformers” which transforms HV electricity into LV electricity to be supplied to buildings, shops, etc. It is fully part of EDL networks, even if, possibly, Solidere has not handed it over to EDL and still maintains it. In itself, I dont’ think that it means that Solidere is priviledged over the remaining areas. If it is the case (the paper does not state clearly if downtown receives more electricity than neighbouring areas in Beirut municipality), then it means that the dispatching of electricity favours it. But again, it would have nothing to see with the fact that these transformers have a surplus capacity. Of course, this surcapacity is a waste of money (that the public authorities paid in land and construction rights, and hence it should denounced.)
Crise du tarif électrique en Jordanie : la hausse ou le black out
Committee to develop electricity tariff rise with ‘limited impact’ | The Jordan Times
Energy officials face few alternatives, according to the #Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC), which warns that short of raising electricity rates, decision makers will have to consider “drastic measures”, including regularly scheduled regional blackouts.
“We simply can’t keep operating at the current rates; if we don’t raise prices, we will simply have to cut back on services,” ERC Commissioner Ahmed Hiyasat told The #Jordan Times.
Committee members indicated that the new panel may face obstacles in arriving at a compromise within the two-month grace period, with traders and industrialists refusing any raise in electricity rates.
“The government simply cannot raise the electricity rates for the commercial and industrial sectors without hurting consumers,” said Jordan Chamber of Commerce President Nael Kabariti.
“This is our stance and we won’t back down.”