BP begins its static kill operation, are smart meters really that accurate, and wind energy generation increasing in the UK.
BP has begun it’s static kill operation, which, if successful will seal the damaged Gulf of Mexico oil well. The company, which got federal approval from retired Adm. Thad Allen, began pumping mud into the well at 4pm eastern time yesterday. The operation is expected to take 33 to 61 hours before it’s deemed a success.
For those who are concerned about the accuracy of smart meters, have no fear. A study done on installed smart-meters in Texas found that 99.96% of the 5,627 tested meters were transmitting and collecting accurate energy usage data. The meters included in the test came from distribution companies Oncor, CenterPoint Energy and AEP Texas. This comes as a sigh of relief for the distribution companies because CenterPoint, which has already installed half a million meters, hopes to have the remaining 1.5 million meters installed on their clients buildings and homes by 2012.
The UK generated 2.5% of their power from wind energy sources last year. The study published by Department of Environment and Climate Change also found that there was a 31% increase in wind power generation from the previous year. To put in perspective, electricity generated from renewable energy in 2008 and 2009 rose 20 percent.
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