Norochcholai power plant.
Mahinda Maama sent everyone an SMS today: “Please join hands with me to observe Earth Hour 2012 by switching off non essential lights on 31st March 2012 from 8.30-9.30pm. – President Mahinda Rajapaksa. ttyl”. I added the last part. I guess it’s OK. I’m addicted to electricity but awareness is never a bad thing.
Seriously, I need current. The lights been going off in Dehiwela like every week and I dunno what to do with myself. Sit in a chair, in the dark, while mosquitos buzz around. The computer is on all day, I sleep next to the phone, this stuff is energy. I don’t feel bad about it. The only time I go off the grid is on meditation retreat. At that point you’re on the ether-net, if you know what I mean. A different type of energy, but energy all the same.
Shutting off the lights is one thing. The bigger problem is the hideous inefficiency of Sri Lanka’s energy sector. On the plus side, like 50% of our energy comes from ‘renewable’ sources, ie hydro. On the negative side, this is erratic and the other 50% comes from literally burning crude oil. To be clear, this is like running an entire country off a generator, which is retarded. To make matters worse, out plants are built for Iranian crude, which douchey American embargoes are making harder to get, at times impossible.
They opened a new coal power plant in Norochcholai (which is good), but the damn thing keeps catching fire. Sri Lanka is uniquely positioned to theoretically benefit from alternate energies like solar and tidal (we have no shortage of either sun or surf), but we still need higher efficiency ‘normal’ stuff like coal. It’s honestly a damn mess, and it’s the government’s fault, and with the increase in petrol prices electricity costs have also spiked.
If I don’t use the A/C or hot water much at home my bill is like 2-4k, and this is for one person, just sitting under a fan using a computer. If I do use the A/C (it’s been murderously hot recently) the bill goes up to like 7k. And this was before the price spike.
If digress is to divert, wouldn’t regress be to return? To regress, Earth Hour is kinda silly if you just turn off the lights for an hour. If it leads to some awareness of our broader energy situ, however, I guess that isn’t a bad thing.