Japan/US Radiation Dose Perspective

As the human tragedy of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami continues to unfold, a world level paranoia is being maintained regarding the effects of a limited area containing four significantly damaged nuclear reactors.   Yes, this is a serious industrial event and radioactive materials are outside of expected containment.  But it needs a bit of perspective […]

More wind generation installed, less performance

The public presentations by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) reps and the North West Power and Conservation Council continue to use 30% (and more) average capacity factors for promotion and estimation of wind energy generation. However, there is another chart on the BPA web site showing the reduction in the factor between Winters of 08/09 and […]