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Thursday, October 02, 2003
Altamont Pass to Receive Wind Turbine Upgrade
: "Altamont Power, plans to complete construction by May, 2004. The repower project originally won approval in 1998, but the California energy crisis blocked progress at that time. Altamont Power expects to increase efficiency with the new turbines, in addition to cleaning up the site and burying many of the overhead power lines. It will replace nearly 200 Flowind turbines with 45 800-kW NEG Micon turbines. There will be no net addition of wind power capacity, but the output is expected to increase due to the increased efficiency of the new machines. The project stretches over a 2,880-acre area north of Interstate Highway I-580." 11:39:09 PM
Dow, GM, and Johnson & Johnson use Green Power
: "GM is also selling to Dow 35 MW of hydrogen fuel cells, which represents the largest corporate fuel cell purchase in the world. .. Johnson & Johnson now has nearly 1.2 megawatts of on-site solar PV capacity across 3 states, making the company one of the nation's largest corporate users of this technology as well." 11:32:58 PM
RPS in trouble
: "A renewable energy portfolio standard has been dropped from the energy bill being crafted by a House and Senate conference committee. The standard is unlikely to be restored despite a letter from 53 senators asking for its inclusion, according a congressional source close to the talks... the conference committee decided to omit the renewable energy portfolio standard because it was not included in the House version and because of fears that utilities in certain parts of the country -- including [conference chair] Tauzin´s home state of Louisiana -- would have difficulty meeting renewable energy requirements" 11:30:15 PM
Poll on US foreign affairs: "In choosing between broad descriptions of multilateralism and unilateralism, two-thirds of Americans choose multilateral policy versus three in ten who favor unilateral policy. Three in five Americans say the United Nations is needed now more than ever in world affairs, while 34% say the world body is less relevant and less influential today in global matters.
Americans are at least twice as likely to agree as to disagree that the United States should participate in the International Criminal Court (53%-22%) and in the Kyoto Protocol (44%-22%). However, margins of support for international treaties soften considerably when Americans learn more about them. Given more information, Americans are more likely to say the United States should not participate in the Kyoto Protocol (48%) than to say we should participate (41%). Support for the International Criminal Court Treaty (48%) still remains higher than the opposition (38%) after hearing arguments for and against the treaty. " 11:18:38 PM
Boa Constructor home
: "Boa Constructor is a cross platform Python IDE and wxPython GUI Builder. It offers visual frame creation and manipulation, an object inspector, many views on the source like object browsers, inheritance hierarchies, doc string generated html documentation, an advanced debugger and integrated help." 12:22:41 PM
"We had a lot of success with the use of Groove during Operation Iraqi Freedom. .. The day that "event swarming" became obvious was the day that the statue of Saddam was brought down. As Rapid Assessments were received by members of the space, we would receive Groove IM's directing us to the form and space in which it resided. What was fascinating was to see the number of people that would click through the IM and arrive in the shared space. Where there had been 5 people working in the space, there were now 50. Instantaneously, the space became super-charged with activity, which was most evident in the chat pane as people, separated by thousands of miles, began to discuss what needed to be done, who needed to do it, and decide when it would happen" 9:55:02 AM
Collaboration tools for conflict resolution
: "The Virtual Negotiation Table in Southern Asia/New York/Helsinki: Groove was used less than eight weeks ago to broker peace in a nation in southern Asia. .. Groove was embraced by both constituencies because of the virtual nature of the shared space. While one shared space served as the meeting place for the factions, each had separate spaces to discuss their positions and provide context for the negotiators." 9:42:07 AM
for Groove. (Used in Iraq for publishing news stories to the field DART teams.) 9:38:50 AM
Power to the Edge:
300 page PDF book from DoD on changing patterns in information and power: "Power to the Edge is the latest book in the Information Age Transformation Series, and in a sense it completes the articulation of a vision of DoD Transformation and an approach to achieving it. " 9:30:18 AM
Ray Ozzie's Weblog
: "If you're doing a critical process in e-mail now, you won't be doing it there for long." 12:32:09 AM
Online NewsHour: General Zinni's View
: Excellent interview. "I do think we can't do business as usual. We can't just stay the course and keep doing the same things. We're going to have to take some dramatic action to internationalize this effort to put qualified, highly trained Iraqi security forces in the field, to generate an economy and a level of business that gets jobs on the street. Unfortunately it's going to cost us $87 billion and probably more down the road. But time can run against us in this and it has to be executed more quickly. I would like to see more people on the ground. I think you need a Bremer and a Bremer-like team at every provincial level, maybe 18 teams down to the grassroots level. You can't leave it to a battalion commander to run the local school or to the run the local city council or village council. You need a political, economic, security, humanitarian piece at every level. " 12:26:35 AM