Science: Two Million Kilowattsi

The Bonneville Power Administration, which represents Bonneville and Grand Coulee dams, is used to getting requests for power: its chief business is to sell it. But by this time it hasn't much to spare. Several months ago, a representative of NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) asked for "a block of power." Bonneville inquired how much was wanted.

The answer: "Two million kilowatts."

"Huh?" The Bonneville man scented a misplaced decimal point. "You mean 200,000?" (Even that would be difficult.)

"No, we want two million."

"There isn't that much power anywhere."

The world's biggest single power source at present is Boulder Dam (1,034,800 kw.). The installed...

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