Yet more innumeracy in the popular press

What’s wrong with this sentence in this January 14, 2022 news story

The $180 million solar farm will produce enough energy to supply the equivalent of more than 36,000 average households in the state annually, and it will provide around $54 million to local landowners.

Just like sentences that I blogged about on December 4, 2021, this sentence has a mistake that jumps off the page. Actually, two mistakes that jump off the page.

The first mistake is, of course, the use of “energy” when the correct word is “power”.  The second mistake is the use of the word “annually”.  The writer is mixed up about a thing, and a rate at which the thing happens.  The writer is mixed up about kilowatts on the one hand, and kilowatt-hours on the other hand.


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