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[ Leute, die ihr Leben in kleinen, abgeschlossenen Konkons
fristen, um mit ihrer Körperwärme die Energie zu produzieren,
die ihre virtuelle Welt aufrecht erhält... -- KK ]
High-tech companies examine energy shortage
By The Associated Press
Special to CNET News.com
June 10, 2000, 10:00 a.m. PT
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.--High-tech companies wield
increasing power in the American economy,
but they could face dark days in the coming months
unless a nationwide energy shortage is quickly
addressed, participants at a regional energy summit warned.
The U.S. Department of Energy and energy experts in
several of the nation's largest electricity-consuming
states say the possibility of extended blackouts looms
large this summer and next, representing the potential
loss of billions of dollars to high-tech firms that rely
on uninterrupted power sources.
"Our aging power grid is not able to meet the needs of
the information age," said Carl Guardino, president of
the high-tech industry organization
Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group, which sponsored
Computers and computer peripherals now consume about
13 percent of the nation's available power, a figure
that has soared from less than 1 percent since 1993 as the
Internet becomes a preferred method of doing business
and communicating with each other.
But the construction of new power-generating plants and
transmission lines to meet that demand has
virtually ground to a standstill in the same period as
companies wait to understand the effects of
deregulation of the electric utility industry.
"Twentysomething digirati offer this response to copyright-related
quandaries technology has spawned: 'Copyright is dead. Get over it.'"