Thursday, June 26, 2008

From James Kunstler's Blog

I found this a very interesting idea.

1. Beware the Electric Grid this Winter

I just did the math. The Northeast Electric grid is going to collapse next winter.

A gallon of home heating oil is 130,500 btu's and oil burners are 80% efficient. At $4.50 a gallon 1000 btu's of oil heat costs $0.043.

A kilowatt hour of electricity is 3413 btu's and electric heaters are almost 100% efficient. At $0.15 per kilowatt hour (what we pay in NH) 1000 btu's of electric heat costs $0.044.

The public will soon figure out that plugging in electric space heaters and leaving the electric stove on 24/7 will be a cheaper way to heat the house next winter than to run the oil burner. Besides the electric utility companies are prohibited from shutting off your electricity during winter.

Sixty percent of the homes in New England heat with oil. There is no way the electric grid can handle the increased demand.

Might want to figure out some alternate heating/lighting strategies

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