The Same Good Can Take On Different Values

Lynne Kiesling Virginia Postrel had a really nice post yesterday about how the same good can have different values across time. In this case it’s Diet Coke, and dimensions of differentiation are packaging and temperature, which led Virginia to pay different prices for what, as she calls them, the technocratic economist would perceive as the … More The Same Good Can Take On Different ValuesMore The Same Good Can Take On Different Values

More On The Use Of The “Scarlet Letter” In Electric Reliability

Lynne Kiesling Now that I am home for a couple of weeks I am going to catch up on some things, including Mike’s excellent post on the “naming of names” in electric reliability violations. In that post he notes FERC Chairman Pat Wood drew attention to “naming of names” in the recent quarterly compliance, and … More More On The Use Of The “Scarlet Letter” In Electric ReliabilityMore More On The Use Of The “Scarlet Letter” In Electric Reliability

NU Women’s Lacrosse Team Wins NCAA!

Lynne Kiesling Congratulations to the Northwestern women’s lacrosse team, which won this year’s NCAA championship with a perfect 21-0 record! See local news coverage from NU Sports, the Sun-Times and the Tribune. This is the first NCAA title for Northwestern since 1941. Yes, that’s before the last time the Cubs went to the World Series … More NU Women’s Lacrosse Team Wins NCAA!More NU Women’s Lacrosse Team Wins NCAA!

Will Improvements In Ethanol Production Undo Political Support?

Michael Giberson An editorial in today’s Washington Post hints at trouble on the horizon for ethanol. Ethanol has long been the product of Midwestern corn, Washington D.C. style pork, and a questionable environmental heritage, with the middle element of that troika propping up the enterprise. Now, however, the long-awaited “next generation” of ethanol, ethanol produced … More Will Improvements In Ethanol Production Undo Political Support?More Will Improvements In Ethanol Production Undo Political Support?

Gordon Van Welie, CEO, ISO-New England

Michael Giberson Want to know what it is like to run a regional transmission system operator? Well, no matter what you try to do, “there’s always someone who doesn’t like a proposed change.” Van Welie said the criticism comes with the job, which is integral to maintaining the region’s economy and public safety. “I love … More Gordon Van Welie, CEO, ISO-New EnglandMore Gordon Van Welie, CEO, ISO-New England

New Energy Currents At Winds Of Change

Michael Giberson John Atkinson has posted the May edition of New Energy Currents, his monthly roundup of energy technology and policy commentary found on the web. This post, one of the features at Winds of Change, presents the best scan of energy topics that I’ve seen in blogspace. (Found via the miracle of TrackBack, since … More New Energy Currents At Winds Of ChangeMore New Energy Currents At Winds Of Change