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10 The Julian News Good habits • Keep water, fertilizer and debris in your yard. • Blow leaves and grass clippings back onto the landscape, not into the street. g • Sweep fertilizer off walks and into the plantings. • Direct gutters onto the yard, not into drains. • Use ground covers near streets and driveways to catch and hold debris. © 2009 by King Features Syndicate, Inc, World rights reserved. Borrego, Cuyamaca, Escondido, Julian, Ocotillo, Palomar Mountain, Ramona, Ranchita, Santa Ysabel, Warner Springs (760) 580- 3528 HARDWARE STORES & Real Coun Kardwa=e St:ore Why spin your wheals trying to find items elsewhere? Our customers say we stock almost everything they've ever tried to find, Jpof last resort, TRY US FIRST! We don't got it, we can get it. Come see why we're "HILLTOP SUPPLY." 619 4738461. 619 445-21q 532 "B" Street P.O. Box 159 • Ramona, CA 92065 (780) 789-0240 OPEN SUNDAYS! EARTH Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, TALK00 1 Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: What is the so-called "smart grid" I've been hearing about, and how can it save energy and money? -- Larry Burger, Litchfield, CT America's electricity grid is built upon what many consider to be an antiquated principle: Make large amounts of electricity and have it always available to end users whether they need it or not. It's much like the way most home water heaters work in keeping water constantly hot even when it is not being used. It is also a strictly one-way relationship with utilities supplying power to end users, but not also vice-versa. The smart grid concept is predicated on a two-way flow of energy--and information-- between electricity generators and end users. The system not only delivers power to end users as needed, depending on demand; it also gathers power from end users that produce their own--homes and businesses that generate solar, wind or geothermal power themselves-- when they have more than they need. Some 42 states and Washington, DC already require utilities to have systems in place to buy excess energy generated by their customers. But, writes journalist Michael Prager in E - The Environmental Magazine, "because they can't know in real time that power is coming in, utilities generate as much as they would have anyway." He adds that when information flows both ways, end users will be able to send information back to the grid specifying how much power they need and when they will need it. They'll also be able to communicate when they have excess power available to upload to the grid ...... On the forefront of research into the feasibility of the smart grid on a large scale is the Future established in 2008 by the National Science Foundation and headquartered at North Carolina State University. FREEDM is partnering with universities, industry and national laboratories in 28 states and nine countries to develop technologies they say will "revolutionize the nation's power grid and speed renewable electric-energy technologies into every home and business." So far, some 60 utilities, alternative energy startups, electrical equipment manufacturers and other firms have signed onto the new partnership. One such utility, Colorado- based Xcel Energy, has even begun to put smart grid technology into practice on a trial basis for a small percentage of its customer base. The utility has spent some $100 million outfitting 35,000 homes and businesses in and around the city of Boulder with automation and communications capabilities to enable two-way communication of electricity needs. Xcel won't have enough data to assess energy and cost savings until early 2010, but analysts are optimistic that the utility's costly experiment will reap benefits down the road for consumers, utilities and the environment. Indeed, environmentalists and economists alike have high hopes that widespread implementation of such "intelligent" systems could help usher in a new age of unprecedented energy efficiency, emissions reductions and cost savings around the United States and beyond. CONTACTS: Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center, www.freedm.ncsu.edu; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com. GOT AN ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTION? Send it to: EarthTalk, c/o E/TheEnvironmental Magazine P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881 submit it at: www.emagazine. comlearthtalklthisweekl, or e-mail: earthtalk@ emagazine.com The smart grid concept is predicated on a two-way flow of energy - and information - between electricity generators and end users. The system not only delivers power to end users as needed, depending on demand; it also gathers power from end users that produce their own - such as this homeowner here who generates solar power - when they have more than they need. photo by sakrafil, courtesy Flickr. . €** I am afirm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts. -- Abraham Lincoln oeo February 11, 2009 New Pennies Commemorate Lincoln's Bicentennial The bust of Abraham Lincoln, designed by Victor D. Brenner, has been on the penny since 1909 which was the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. The Lincoln cent was the first U.S. circulating coin to bear a president's image. Why does the portrait of Abraham Lincoln face to the right when all of the other presidents' portraits face to the left? Lincoln faces right not because of a law, but simply because Lincoln happened to face right in the image Brenner used to design the coin. In 2009, the United States Mint will mint and issue four different one-cent coins in recognition of the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth and the 100th anniversary of the first issuance of the Lincoln cent. The reverse (tails) designs were unveiled September 22 at a ceremony held at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. While the obverse (heads) will continue to bear the familiar likeness of President Lincoln currently on the one-cent coin, the reverse will reflect four different designs, each one representing a different aspect, or theme, of the life of President Lincoln. The themes for the reverse designs represent the four major aspects of President Lincoln's a) Birth and early childhood in Kentucky (1809-1816) b) Formative years in Indiana (1816-1830) c) Professional Life in Illinois (1830-1861) d) Presidency in Washington, DC (1861-1865) continued on page 11 ° CUSTOM HOMES DECK NG DOORS & W NDows ELEC"R CAL SERV CE HARDWOOD FLOOR NG CONTRACTORS =,-- ! • V ;=! |YV O " TnOVV i "| " V ;airy | " 3 --fltJf,_q|ll[t----'.,F:qllldl[;----t, lqLvA[el|l:dlall[t-- ::l'JId[:=-'i,:l/l:lLlg Ilal __,r ,]it, l, ,/_,tl=l._311,.lll=lkA Al=lalai l:tlalain[n Architectural Services Con tractor iii .Hmml IH..H..mHI LARRY NOBLE CONSTRUCTION INC. General Contractor New Construction Room Additions , Decks Remodels Over 30 Yearn Experience 1760) 765-2363 P,O. Box 1342 Julian. CA 92036 Lawrence Noble, Owner St. Lk, #602654 I I II ARCHITECT CONTRACTOR BUILDER Remodels • Additions New Homes from Concept to Finished Product rch. Lic. #C-14175 - Cont. 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