Who would benefit and who should pay if we want electrical utility wires underground / Phone-in: Jim Lindner with advice on how to preserve your personal audio-visual collection or migrate it to digital formSeptember 8, 2010 2:47 PM
- It would take public policy to overcome the self-interest of many players who don't want to pay to bury powerlines underground in new developments. But Dave Sawyer says all would benefit - financially - in the long run.
Power Up Or Power Down ? Every time there's a forecast of heavy weather in the Maritimes (even well below hurricane level) people in many communities ask themselves two questions : when will the power go out and how long before it comes back on ?
Predictably, the passage of Earl on Saturday left many thousands of Maritimers with perishable foods warming up in refrigerators and the whole range of modern inconveniences - from no hot water to no internet. The most common cause of the outages ? Trees falling across power lines.
Well, nobody is advocating cutting down all the trees.
But what are the costs and benefits of continuing to have power lines held aloft on wooden poles, exposed to ice & extreme weather vs. burying them underground ?
Yesterday, a spokesperson for Nova Scotia Power, David Rhodenizer, stated the utility's position : that.
Nevertheless, that hasn't stopped someone from starting up a Facebook group with the self-explanatory title "Let's Get NSP To Bury The Lines".
Three years ago, Dave Sawyer co-authored a study entitled "Economic Implications of Buried Electric Utilities" (to read the study, click here). Mr Sawyer is an economist who's currently with Enviroeconomics in Ottawa.
VHS to DVD? Cassette to Digital Audio File ? Ever since humans began scratching images of successful hunts on cave walls, whenever we sense an occasion is important, we try to stop the process of time and capture it.
Over the past century, an explosion of recording media allowed us to capture sights and sounds of significant personal events : weddings, funerals, graduations, family reunions, vacations - anything which we thought at the time we'd like to return to in the future or share with others.
But many have been disappointed to find out that photographs crack and fade, audio tape jams, and video gets flaky. Add to that the fact that the devices to play back certain formats - such as slide projectors - are becoming increasingly hard to find or service.
Jim Lindner to the rescue. He pioneered techniques now commonly used for videotape restoration, and he's overseen the video restoration of such collections as the NBC News Archive, The Library of Congress, The Metropolitan Opera, and The Andy Warhol Foundation. When he's not summering in the Maritimes, he works with Media Matters in New York.
Jim's gave advice on how best to preserve your personal audio-visual collection, and how to migrate it to digital form. To read some of Jim's essays on preservation issues, click here.
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