NQJW Ninth Edition: Las Vegas Going Dry, Scrubba Wash Bag, More DONG… Energy News

Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.

  • Las Vegas bets on desert water pipeline as Nevada drinks itself dry – Lake Mead is drying up so what’s Las Vegas to do? Plan B is all about piping groundwater and drying out neighboring states. Conservation? That would be plan Z. [Guardian]
  • Las Vegas and Lake Mead - 1972-2010

  • Scrubba Your Clothes with This Washing Machine In a Bag
    [youtube width=”270″ height=”180″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7lLzVltvmc[/youtube]

    The Scrubba wash bag is a great solution for people in the wilds who actually care about how they smell. Double bonus: the Scrubba wash bag comes with a clothesline. [Gizmodo]

  • Dong Energy splashes out £40m on Centrica’s Irish Sea offshore wind plan – Positive news about wind power – awesome. Getting to mention DONG Energy again – awesome2. [Business Green]
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    Ok Kids, You Can Have Your LEGOs Back

    Parent company of LEGO Group invests in wind power.Kirkbi A/S, the parent company of LEGO Group, is investing $534 million into an offshore wind turbine farm built by DONG Energy off the coast of Germany. Their investment will give them a 32% stake in the operation that will produce 277 megawatts of electricity and qualify LEGO products as WindMade so they can attach the label to their packaging.

    Two nice things about this story: LEGO’s are now built [indirectly] by wind power and I get to drop a DONG [Energy] without calling somebody one. [Reuters via Grist]


    British Gas Energy Study Reveals UK Companies Consume Nearly 1/2 Their Power After Business Hours

    Old-School Server RoomHard to imagine but according to a report from British Gas, businesses in the UK consume 46% of their electricity outside of normal business hours (6pm – 8am). The data was collected from 6,000 smart meters across a diverse group of businesses. Examples of where the after-hours/weekend wasted power consumption went included parking lot lights, shop display lights and office vending machines. In response to the study, British Gas is starting a Business Energy Insight program to help companies track when and where their power is being consumed and how to become more energy efficient.

    Still amazed by numbers from British Gas but it’s probably nice for the participating businesses to take on the challenge of cutting back their off hour power consumption. It would be great to hear about a follow up story on how they reduced their power consumption and the ways they consumed less. [Yale360]


    North Korea In The Dark. Reflection Of Failed Dictatorship Or Future Home Of Jubbling Asia?

    Lights out over North Korea at night.Gizmodo posted an article about the “bleak circumstances” facing North Korea due to the policies of their former leader Kim Jong-Il. How did they represent this? By showing a satellite image with no lights turned on in North Korea at night. So as Jubbling goes, maybe there was one upside.


    Electricity-Free Nights?

    We lost our electricity last week due to the major snow dump, all 4-inches of it, that hit our area and knocked out power for 1 to 5 days. Our outage lasted about 36 hours but from it, we not only gained a greater appreciation for electricity but we also discovered how nice it is to sometimes go without it.

    As our second night without power approached, we lit candles that were scattered around the house and then we all crowded around the fireplace. We broke out some games but mostly, we just told stories. My kids talked about favorite holiday and vacation experiences, my wife talked about past boyfriends (ones that got away) and my stories focused on the many stupid things I’ve done. It was great and the phone and television never had a chance to interrupt us. We talked for hours and then around 8 pm, our power came back on. We all kind of paused and then said what everyone says when the power comes back on: “Electricity!” That’s when my daughter commented: “I guess we’re going to stop telling stories now.” We didn’t stop telling stories. Instead, we ran around the house and turned everything off and for the benefit of everyone present, I finished my jubbling-rap by candlelight. We were all relieved that we regained electricity but the fun came from not using it.

    I’m definitely not the first person to recommend having electricity-free nights. The idea has been floated around as a way to bring families together and to consume less power. But I am one of the latest believers in the idea and I encourage others to not wait for the next power outage to experience it.