Grid-friendly Appliances Can Avert Blackouts And Delay Investment

Lynne Kiesling One long-standing conundrum in electric power is that digital information technology has the potential to create a lot of benefits and automate a lot of costly real-time functions, but that it is not widely enough deployed. Exciting work at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is contributing to resolving that conundrum, through transactive control … More Grid-friendly Appliances Can Avert Blackouts And Delay InvestmentMore Grid-friendly Appliances Can Avert Blackouts And Delay Investment

Off To Work

Lynne Kiesling OK, girl’s gotta work. More on that later. … More Off To Work

Two Of My Words Collide Through Marketing

Lynne Kiesling So I did a Technorati search to see the current links to KP, and I noticed something that I think is very cool. Here are two of the four sponsored link advertisements down my left column: MoveTX-connect your utilities online, where you can choose from a variety of electric and phone service providers … More Two Of My Words Collide Through MarketingMore Two Of My Words Collide Through Marketing

Soaking The Rich Is Not The Paradigm Shift Germany Needs

Lynne Kiesling Tyler’s got a link to some information on Germany’s ruling SDP’s proposal to impose an additional 3% income tax for those earning above 250,000 Euros. The appalling claim, though, is that the putative objective of this policy is to rally disaffected voters, not to raise any meaningful amount of tax revenue. What is … More Soaking The Rich Is Not The Paradigm Shift Germany NeedsMore Soaking The Rich Is Not The Paradigm Shift Germany Needs

Hahn And Sunstein On The Precautionary Principle

Lynne Kiesling Speaking of benefit-cost analysis, the new issue of The Economist’s Voice that came out yesterday has an article by Bob Hahn and Cass Sunstein on the precautionary principle. I have given it only a cursory reading, but it’s a good, readable argument about why the precautionary principle does not yield useful decision rules, … More Hahn And Sunstein On The Precautionary PrincipleMore Hahn And Sunstein On The Precautionary Principle

There Oughtta Be A Law (Apologies To Radley)

Lynne Kiesling OK, this is downright obscene: Starting Aug. 1, when the 2004 California Electrical Codes automatically take effect, residents will have to apply for a city building permits to replace or add wall, porch and ceiling lamps, light switches, electric receptacles, and other common do-it-yourself chores. So changing that noisy electrical switch with a … More There Oughtta Be A Law (Apologies To Radley)More There Oughtta Be A Law (Apologies To Radley)

Competition And Choice Benefit Those Who Exercise It

Lynne Kiesling Yesterday the Houston Chronicle ran a commentary from Texas PUC Commissioner Barry Smitherman arguing that retail choice and competition benefits customers: Consumers who actively shop for electricity are reaping the benefits of competition while those who, for whatever reason, remain with the incumbent provider are not. Lower electricity prices are available to all … More Competition And Choice Benefit Those Who Exercise ItMore Competition And Choice Benefit Those Who Exercise It

An Eloquent Argument For Puhca’s Repeal

Lynne Kiesling I’m going to answer jdr’s comment about PUHCA from yesterday’s post about the Senate energy bill here instead of in comments. I am neither so foolish or so presumptuous that I think I can prognosticate the effects of PUHCA repeal, but based on some simple economics of organization and financial markets, I think … More An Eloquent Argument For Puhca’s RepealMore An Eloquent Argument For Puhca’s Repeal

Conflicted About Grokster

Lynne Kiesling I don’t have much to say about Grokster because I’m of many minds about it. Turns out I’m not alone; Tyler says economists should feel conflicted about peer-to-peer file sharing. One aspect of Tyler’s argument is what I call the “relevant and irrelevant externality” argument. Will file sharing reduce economic efficiency, leading to … More Conflicted About GroksterMore Conflicted About Grokster

Energy Bill To Conference: Now The Tough Work Begins

Lynne Kiesling The Senate approved its version of the energy bill, which differs substantially from the House version. That means that the hard work remains to be done in conference. Many of the electricity provisions are common to both, so are unlikely to change. I have no great objections to the electricity provisions; I am … More Energy Bill To Conference: Now The Tough Work BeginsMore Energy Bill To Conference: Now The Tough Work Begins