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