The Green Market Revisited

Now is a propitious time to remind folks of a Tech Central Station article of mine from August 2002 on how market-based retail electricity pricing is good for consumers and good for the environment: One of dynamic pricing’s most enticing long-run benefits is that it induces conservation. If it’s expensive to produce electricity in a … More The Green Market RevisitedMore The Green Market Revisited

Some More Techie Links On Power Systems

Here are some analyses of the more technical aspects of power systems: Peter Kaminski on who pays for reliability, Sparkey’s outstanding post at Sgt. Stryker, Steven DenBeste, in a second post to follow up, and Shots Across the Bow. Very helpful detail for the supply and infrastructure sides of the issues. … More Some More Techie Links On Power Systems

Decentralized Power and a Contestable Grid

Any day is a good one when I channel Tyler Cowen, who points us to an article in the Washington Post on decentralized power. This New York Times article from last week about Hen Island points out many of the same strategies for removing yourself from grid reliance. Technological change in generators and in solar … More Decentralized Power and a Contestable GridMore Decentralized Power and a Contestable Grid

Smith-kiesling Wsj Oped Available At Reason

The retail electricity deregulation oped that Vernon Smith and I wrote on Wednesday is available at the Reason website. … More Smith-kiesling Wsj Oped Available At Reason

Cost Estimates For Upgrading Power Lines

This table from the Energy Information Administration at the DOE indicates some estimates of the cost per mile of constructing different types of power lines: 60 kv, wood pole: $120,000-130,000 230 kv, steel pole, double: $230,000-550,000 230 kv underground: $3,700,000 Yes, that’s 3.7 million for a single high voltage wire, per mile. And that was … More Cost Estimates For Upgrading Power LinesMore Cost Estimates For Upgrading Power Lines