Mass. Governor Urges Time-of-Use Rates

Michael Giberson No shameless self-promotion involved in this posting, but in otherwise related electric rate news the Boston Globe reports that Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is favoring a proposal to implement time-of-use rates for residential customers in the state. According to the article, the plan would have a higher afternoon rate between 2 PM and … More Mass. Governor Urges Time-of-Use RatesMore Mass. Governor Urges Time-of-Use Rates

Illinois Retail Electricity Update

Lynne Kiesling I’ve been so busy that I’ve even missed the opportunity for some shameless self-promotion. Mary Wisniewski wrote an article in Thursday’s Sun-Times about recently-passed legislation that will require Illinois utilities to offer a real-time pricing contract to their residential customers. The legislation requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to make a determination of whether … More Illinois Retail Electricity UpdateMore Illinois Retail Electricity Update

Katrina Clean Up: Harry Anderson Leaves Nola, Dc Attorney General Finds Little Gouging in City

Michael Giberson A year hence and clean up continues in New Orleans. Dave Tufte at voluntaryXchange notes a New York Times story reporting on entertainer/club owner Harry Anderson’s decision to leave town. (Try this link to the NYT article.) The energy news element to the story: This spring, the local power company, Entergy, which is … More Katrina Clean Up: Harry Anderson Leaves Nola, Dc Attorney General Finds Little Gouging in CityMore Katrina Clean Up: Harry Anderson Leaves Nola, Dc Attorney General Finds Little Gouging in City

Aggressive Ip Lawyers Trump Smart Business Strategy

Michael Giberson Just like some people enjoy comic books with the same formulaic story line issue after issue, I never get tired of stories in which lawyers play the supervillain. Virginia Postrel blogs about her latest Atlantic article — about superhero glamour — and includes a kicker about how IP lawyers for DC/Marvel blew a … More Aggressive Ip Lawyers Trump Smart Business StrategyMore Aggressive Ip Lawyers Trump Smart Business Strategy

Wikipedia is a Great Thing

Michael Giberson Speaking of Wikipedia, I just want to say it out loud: “Wikipedia is a great thing!? A lot of ink, virtual and real, has been spilled in condemnation of Wikipedia. Most of the bashing seems to me to be based upon a misunderstanding of what Wikipediais and how to use it. The appropriate … More Wikipedia is a Great ThingMore Wikipedia is a Great Thing

Sunstein’s Infotopia

Michael Giberson On September 12, the AEI-Brookings Joint Center will be hosting a presentation of Cass Sunstein on his new book, Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge. Their announcement indicates that Professor Sunstein “will present an optimistic account of the human potential to aggregate information without resorting to prejudice and preconceptions.? Just judging by the … More Sunstein’s InfotopiaMore Sunstein’s Infotopia

Shifting the Oil Supply Curve to the Right in the Gulf of Mexico

Lynne Kiesling High prices and profits in the oil industry are inducing further exploration. This exploration is paying off in the Gulf of Mexico (WSJ, subscription required), where the largest new discoveries since the north slope of Alaska are likely. At a time when energy companies are struggling to replace reserves, the Gulf’s deep-water lower-tertiary … More Shifting the Oil Supply Curve to the Right in the Gulf of MexicoMore Shifting the Oil Supply Curve to the Right in the Gulf of Mexico

Nick Gillespie: Chicago City Council is Trying to Out-california California

Lynne Kiesling Nick Gillespie at Reason has an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times decrying the nanny-state activities of Chicago’s City Council: But it turns out that Chicago is a sissy town because that “stormy, husky, brawling … City of the Big Shoulders,” in Carl Sandburg’s evocative 1916 poem, seems hellbent on putting a chokehold … More Nick Gillespie: Chicago City Council is Trying to Out-california CaliforniaMore Nick Gillespie: Chicago City Council is Trying to Out-california California