Texas PUC Issues Electric Markets Competition Report

Michael Giberson The Texas PUC has released its “2007 Scope of Competition in Electric Markets in Texas” report. The Dallas Morning News reported a story headlined Power company competition not working, report says. The story said: The report offered suggestions for the Legislature as it goes into session next month, including ideas that would cut … More Texas PUC Issues Electric Markets Competition ReportMore Texas PUC Issues Electric Markets Competition Report

The Death of Competitive Wholesale Power Markets?

Michael Giberson A post at the Energy Legal Blog argues that a pair of recent court decisions will be the death of competitive wholesale power markets, at least in the Western United States, unless the Supreme Court reverses. … More The Death of Competitive Wholesale Power Markets?

James Surowiecki on Sugar Tariffs and Ethanol

Lynne Kiesling James Surowiecki had a nice little column about sugar and ethanol tariffs in the New Yorker a couple of weeks ago. As is his wont, he concisely summarizes the pros and cons of ethanol, focusing on the higher net energy balance that cane sugar ethanol has relative to corn ethanol. He also applies … More James Surowiecki on Sugar Tariffs and EthanolMore James Surowiecki on Sugar Tariffs and Ethanol

Black Gold Movie Half Baked, But That’s Better Than I Expected

Michael Giberson A Starbucks sits just around the corner from the E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C. It’s where I headed immediately after watching Black Gold, a documentary on the global coffee business that — if you believe the press clippings and blurbs on the official site — is galvanizing consumers into action and has … More Black Gold Movie Half Baked, But That’s Better Than I ExpectedMore Black Gold Movie Half Baked, But That’s Better Than I Expected

CO2 Policy in Europe and the US

Lynne Kiesling Jonathan Adler has a nice post about carbon policy in the US and Europe, building on an editorial in today’s WSJ (subscription required). Jonathan notes: While talking tough about the need to reduce emissions, many European nations are moving in the opposite direction. Only two (the United Kingdom and Sweden) look likely to … More CO2 Policy in Europe and the USMore CO2 Policy in Europe and the US

Induction and Flexible Electronics for Wireless Power

Lynne Kiesling Check out this Technology review article about using flexible electronics to enable wireless powering of devices through induction. Nikola Tesla, spin over in your grave and call your office! The power sheet, says Takao Someya, professor of engineering at the University of Tokyo, relies on the well-known physical principle of electromagnetic induction, used … More Induction and Flexible Electronics for Wireless PowerMore Induction and Flexible Electronics for Wireless Power

The Regulation of Prostitution

Lynne Kiesling At Stumbling and Mumbling Chris Dillow has a post on regulating prostitution and why some people have such a visceral negative reaction to prostitution. He offers some (I think) persuasive counters to four common arguments against legal prostitution. Chris effectively makes the point that markets facilitate the mutual exchange of value for value … More The Regulation of ProstitutionMore The Regulation of Prostitution

Transmission, Congestion Charges, and the Smart/Modern/Intelligent Grid

Lynne Kiesling Mike beat me to it in commenting on David Cay Johnston’s NYT article from Wednesday about grid congestion. My thoughts are somewhat different from Mike’s, for what it’s worth. Johnston hits on one of the most pressing problems in electricity restructuring, although I’m going to frame it differently from how he does: technological … More Transmission, Congestion Charges, and the Smart/Modern/Intelligent GridMore Transmission, Congestion Charges, and the Smart/Modern/Intelligent Grid

He’s ba-a-ack! Another NYT Article on Electric Industry Restructuring

Michael Giberson David Cay Johnston is back with another in his series of articles on electric industry restructuring, this one concerning transmission congestion. Another important sign of worsening congestion is a sharp increase in requests by network operators to prevent overloads that could disrupt transmission on the PJM Interconnection, the network serving 51 million people … More He’s ba-a-ack! Another NYT Article on Electric Industry RestructuringMore He’s ba-a-ack! Another NYT Article on Electric Industry Restructuring

Plug-In Hybrid Autos Could Put Off-Peak Power Generators to Good Use

Michael Giberson If all the cars and light trucks in the nation switched from oil to electrons, idle capacity in the existing electric power system could generate most of the electricity consumed by plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. A new study for the Department of Energy finds that “off-peak” electricity production and transmission capacity could fuel … More Plug-In Hybrid Autos Could Put Off-Peak Power Generators to Good UseMore Plug-In Hybrid Autos Could Put Off-Peak Power Generators to Good Use