Remember the story of “The Emperor’s New Clothes?” Once upon a time, a vain Emperor engaged the services of two swindlers masquerading as weavers, who promised to make him a suit from magic cloth. Amazingly, the new clothes would be visible only to persons competent and fit for their jobs.
The North American electricity system is one of the great engineering achievements of the past 100 years. This infrastructure represents more than $1 trillion in asset value, more than 200,000 miles of transmission lines operating at 230,000 volts and greater, 950,000 megawatts of generating capability and nearly 3500 utility organizations, serving more than 100 million customers (or well over 300 million people).
An an April 2010 survey of leading businesses entitled “From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Business Practices in Energy Efficiency,” the PEW Center on Global Climate Change describes a shift in how companies such as Dow, IBM and Toyota approach energy.
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