Maryland Legislature’s Regulated Fiasco

Michael Giberson Electric rate regulation in Maryland has become so, uh, I can’t think of a nice way to say it. Here’s the short version of the story: Years ago when Maryland passed a law restructuring its state electric industry, it placed Baltimore Gas & Electric electric rates under a long-term rate cap. That rate … More Maryland Legislature’s Regulated FiascoMore Maryland Legislature’s Regulated Fiasco

High Energy Costs Drive Processor Innovations; Retail Electricity Regulation Stifles Them

Lynne Kiesling Have you noticed those AMD processor ads in airports, magazines, etc., that say things like “this processor saves enough power to steam the milk for 1,000 lattes”? I am fascinated by the fact that AMD sees value in a general marketing campaign focused on energy saving features of processors! We would see more … More High Energy Costs Drive Processor Innovations; Retail Electricity Regulation Stifles ThemMore High Energy Costs Drive Processor Innovations; Retail Electricity Regulation Stifles Them

Peer Production, Mutual Exchange of Value, and Capitalism

Lynne Kiesling Chris Anderson’s Wired article on peer production is a good, short read. My favorite part is his closing comment: But it’s a mistake to equate peer production with anticapitalism. This isn’t amateurs versus professionals; it’s each benefiting the other. Companies aren’t just exploiting free labor; they’re also creating the tools that give voice … More Peer Production, Mutual Exchange of Value, and CapitalismMore Peer Production, Mutual Exchange of Value, and Capitalism

Triathlon Results

Lynne Kiesling Finally, a moment’s rest to provide a triathlon update (thanks for asking, Susan!)! The Subaru Women’s Triathlon in Naperville, Illinois was Sunday. An action shot from my favorite part of the race, the bike: My time was 1:36:59; the splits are Swim 500m 12:58 Trans1 4:06 Bike 22k 45:50 Trans2 3:52 Run 5k … More Triathlon ResultsMore Triathlon Results

Distaste for the Dive

Michael Giberson In Slate, Austin Kelly dissects the dive in soccer. Diving – a player intentionally taking a fall in an effort to cause the referree to call a foul on an opposing player – is often scorned by soccer purists, most often when the diver plays for the other team. Count me as among … More Distaste for the DiveMore Distaste for the Dive

Many Views on Competition in Electric Energy Markets

Michael Giberson As Lynne noted, we have written a comment on the Electric Energy Market Competition Task Force Draft Report to Congress. [ Report PDF. ] About 45 comments have been posted online at FERC, and naturally I am curious as to what other people said. [ Link to comments. ] I thought that I … More Many Views on Competition in Electric Energy MarketsMore Many Views on Competition in Electric Energy Markets

Deep Sigh … Now England Has To Show Up

Lynne Kiesling Spain >broke my heart. Now my only remaining team is England, which is doing just barely enough to survive, and may not be able to do so against Portugal. Deep sigh … … More Deep Sigh … Now England Has To Show Up

Comment Filed on Competition Task Force Draft Report to Congress

Lynne Kiesling On Friday the Mercatus Center filed a public interest comment, written by myself and Michael Giberson (the full comment in pdf form is at the link at the bottom of the page), on the Electric Energy Market Competition Task Force Draft Report to Congress. The Draft Report to Congress on Competition in the … More Comment Filed on Competition Task Force Draft Report to CongressMore Comment Filed on Competition Task Force Draft Report to Congress

Municipal Wifi in Tapei

Michael Giberson The NYTimes has a story on municipal WiFi, focused on Tapei, Tiawan. You get a sense of the story line from the title: “What if They Built an Urban Wireless Network and Hardly Anyone Used It?” That such a vast and reasonably priced wireless network has attracted so few users in an otherwise … More Municipal Wifi in TapeiMore Municipal Wifi in Tapei

Electric Power in Cameroon

Michael Giberson Reforming an African electricity company requires tough love, persistence — and a little luck. Just ask Jean-David Bile, a civil engineer in the central African country of Cameroon. Bile runs AES Corp.’s electricity operation in Cameroon, a national grid that is chiefly powered by two large dams and was formerly fully owned by … More Electric Power in CameroonMore Electric Power in Cameroon