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Stability of Electricity? Not a problem

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David Svarrer's picture
CEO, Rational Intuitive IVS

Consultant / employee for:Accenture, ADTranz, Bombardier, Cisco, Chr. Hansens Laboratories, Control Systems, ECSoft, Ericsson, Genaco Verigen, ION Kenya, ICEA LION Group, IT Akademiet, IT...

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  • Feb 17, 2022

IN a recent article on Energy Central, you wrote: 

"Providing utility customers with reliable electricity isn't an option, it's a necessity. Our health, comfort and the economy depend on it. For electric utility companies, this is becoming more difficult because of an increase in extreme weather events (EWEs) and the growth of renewables, which can be unpredictable."

Well. Our health does indeed not depend on it. Comfort? That is debatable. We have by our extreme consumption of electricity to feed A/C systems, caused that the temperature is increasing. Pay attention to that we are discussing two increases of temperature: One which is the global average temperature, which has passed 1 degree. The other is the extreme temperatures on land, which in some regions (especially regions without forest!) - can get up to 10++ degrees above normal level. 

It is our ruthless consumption of electricity and other fossil fuel energy forms which is the cause. We could not take a few degrees above the comfortable 20 degrees of Celsius - so - we had to burn some trees every day so that a machinery could maintain the comfortable 20 degrees. 

Is it comfort we are experiencing now? The fact that certain areas are becoming uninhabitable, due to climate problems? Finally you wrote that our economy depends on it. That too is strongly debatable. If we look into this fatamorgana of perpetual growth economy which has seen a splurge of babies being born, without anything to cater for it, except our naive humanity (a humanity which stretches exactly to the boundary of each person's self, not an inch beyond), which again see good deeds only doable if there is a (bigger) return. Selfish, selfish and selfish. If the economy, driven by exactly economists and sick advocates, is the economy you are talking about as depending in it - then let that economy die. Die, die, die. There is no need to keep anything which is sick. And this economy which we see here - that one is sick.

If it is not sick when an economy drives us all to slaughter on nature in the same way as if we sat on a branch and cut it off between us and the stem, then I do not know what is sick. 

Therefore - stability? For what? I do live in Kenya, where power cuts are the order of the day, the order of the hours - and also these occur frequently (daily) week in week out, month in month out, year in year out. After 16 years here, I am still alive, I am fine, and it is not in any way affecting my health, comfort or my economy. Despite that I work in the IT-sector, despite that I do my work via an online connection. 

So - I recommend that all of you who read this article take a breather - and ask yourself - does YOUR work really depend on electricity to such an extent so that your health, comfort and economy depends on the stability? 

Here in Kenya we have long time ago found out how to do things without electricity. It is not a must. 

How about you?


David Svarrer

I do renewable energy - in Kenya - where power comes and goes as the wind blows and as the sun and the clouds interchange.

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Bob Meinetz on Feb 18, 2022

"It is our ruthless consumption of electricity and other fossil fuel energy forms which is the cause."

No, David, consumption of electricity is not causing climate change. It's the carbon we emit into the atmosphere, most of which ends up as carbon dioxide, that is causing the greenhouse gas effect.

It's not a trivial distinction - combustion of fossil fuels is solely responsible for all of the post-1850 surplus of carbon in the atmosphere.

"Here in Kenya we have long time ago found out how to do things without electricity."

Oh, really? Do share with us how you power your computer without electricity. Is it powered by a spring, that you wind up in the morning? Or diesel fuel, or a wood fire?

Please. You sound very much like someone who has never experienced energy poverty - living without a grid connection, solar panels, wind turbines, or Tesla PowerWalls. But you live in Kenya, one of the richest countries in Africa, the poorest continent on Earth. I suggest you take a drive to South Sudan, where residents have few of your modern conveniences. Then get back to us: tell us how the people who live there wouldn't trade your solar panels and batteries in a heartbeat for a reliable grid connection. You'll get a taste for how hard it is to get by without reliable, non-intermittent electricity - because you obviously have no idea now.


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Michael Keller on Feb 22, 2022

Well, yes, you do not need reliable electricity if you do not mind living in a 3rd world cesspool, replete with poverty and most of the population doomed to a subsistence living. 
I’ve been in a number of countries where electricity is available erratically, at best. The population lives in misery with no hope for a better life.

Claims that we are doomed by impending climate catastrophes is a matter of faith, not science, and typical of religious zealots.

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Billy Gogesch on Feb 23, 2022

You seem adamant in your assertion that population health is not a function of what powers that civilization.  I know that "health" can be quite subjective, but Kenya does not have an enviable health record.  While I can't prove that it is a function of energy poverty, it is a fact that Kenyans live in what the developed world considers energy poverty and less than stellar health.  You may argue otherwise (and I'm guessing you will.)  When ideology and reality align, ideology can be a great social force for good.  When ideology and reality are misaligned, adherents of that ideology can run off tilting at windmills.

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