Power lines being replaced

I noticed on this stretch of road that the power lines were being replaced. The old Eiffel-Tower style towers with the criss-cross pattern were being torn down and replaced with the more tree-like models that have a central tower with “branches” going out to the side. I assume this is some kind of upgrade, possibly to meet the ever-increasing demands for electricity.

Structure of the new power lines

We rely on electricity more and more each day as our lives intertwine more intricately with the Internet. Each exciting new app, game, or article offers us new capabilities, entertainment, or information, but this also means more electricity use. I’ve heard doomsday scenarios about the failing of the power grids, which are antiquated and not adequate for the amount of electricity that our society demands, according to some.

Power

Can you imagine the electricity suddenly being turned off for days? Weeks? What would you eat? How would you stay warm? Going to a neighbor’s house isn’t going to work when your whole state is out of power. Would you regret the time you spent “wasting” electricity? Would you wished that you’d turned more lights off? Watched less TV? Blogged less?

These kinds of articles about our inadequate infrastructure, along with those relating to the challenges of the actual production of electricity in a safe and sustainable way, make me worry. I have to sincerely hope that other people are taking care of it, and then I try to think about something else. Besides trying to conserve electricity, what else can I do?

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I’m participating in the A to Z Challenge for the month of April. The idea is to post every day, except Sundays, and end up with one post for each letter of the alphabet. It’s a good challenge to help me to blog every day.

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