End of an Era
You wont see these around for much longer, they are being replaced worldwide, sometimes according to government directives like in France. Here in Morocco they have been widely adopted by households and business's alike, the administration too should have cut its energy footprint by now.
Metrics anyone ? Energy efficiency :
For a given light output, CFLs use 20 to 33 percent of the power of equivalent incandescent lamps.
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|Minimum light output|
Sourced : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_fluorescent_lamp
We can grossly estimate that, if adoption has been overwhelming and if directives phase out use of incandescent lightbulbs like its being done in France, we should be looking at an improvement in our energy efficiency which free's a lot of megawatts that can be used for other purposes, like say investing on renewables, powering water desalination stations or embarking on greening the desert. In the coming 30 years the conjunction of technological expertise, investment strategy and available capital have the potential to fully transform this country and the region for generations to come. And that replicated in many regions of the globe signals the end of an era of energy scarcity and the beginning of one of energy efficiency, through it water and food efficiencies can be reached as well.
If the Buckminster Fuller Integrated Power Grid was a reality our megawatts would have value even in China, but at present state of affair its money were not spending on energy. It should be diverted towards acquiring our own energy production means, mainly through renewables. Diverting a percentage of our electricity bill is good money to follow up with our $9Bn solar energy plan.
Article below by AFP.