1.21 gigawatts just not enough these days

27 May 2009

So there’s been a bit of a hullabaloo recently, over how gadget-centric we’ve become as a species and whether more thought needs to go into electrical efficiency before we end up spending more money on leccy than porn. Experts have predicted electricity bills could rise by £100 per household.

Even the International Energy Agency’s in a flap, having recently published “Gadgets and Gigawatts -- Policies for Energy Efficient Electronics” which includes this scary graph indicating that we may well be using 1700 terawatt hours across the globe by 2030.

That's residential use only.

In the next seven months they have estimated 1 billion PCs and 2 billion TVs to be in use and over half the world’s populous owning a mobile phone.

There are plans in place to try and offset the huge amount of power we’re going to be using such as the 120 gigawatts of wind and solar power China plans to install by 2020 and that massive hot-air convection tower made out of Anne Coulter’s face. So there’s probably not too much to worry about on the “world failing over into electrical blackout” front.

But in the home and meantime, it’s probably wise to keep an eye on the electrics because those bills won’t stop rising until we can harvest free gigawatts out of clouds like Doc Brown.

[The Guardian]

TOPICS:   Utilities

10 comments

  • Tizer
    I HAVE THE POWEEERRRR!
  • ronnie
    GREAT SCOT MARTY!
  • Mike H.
    The Libians!
  • WBRacing
    Thank goodness that everyone seems to be looking towards electric powered vehicles as the future of transport. That'll help....
  • Nobby
    > Experts have predicted electricity bills could rise by £100 per household. And that's per day.
  • Paul
    I think you need to improve the quality of your articles. "Experts have predicted electricity bills could rise by £100 per household." - by when, per what? "which includes this scary graph indicating that we may well be using 1700 terawatt hours across the globe by 2030." Better, but per what? I think you misunderstand the units. "There are plans in place to try and offset the huge amount of power we’re going to be using". You do not offset power you are using by generating more power, you misunderstand the term offset. Better luck next time.
  • FAIL
    @ Paul - FAIL
  • Andy v.
    'This is heavy' ....unlucky paul.
  • bill b.
    when this baby hits 88mph, your gonna see some serious sh*t
  • bill b.
    ^shit

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