The demand for gasoline is downward sloping, how about that?

Lynne Kiesling Another rollercoaster day on oil markets … here’s an interesting observation from a Bloomberg article on the topic: “Refiners are managing the crude supply they have on hand because they are worried about weak product demand,” said Tim Evans, an energy analyst for Citi Futures Perspective in New York. “Both gasoline and distillate … More The demand for gasoline is downward sloping, how about that?More The demand for gasoline is downward sloping, how about that?

Economist on intelligent appliances and energy efficiency

Lynne Kiesling The Economist has an article this week on the energy efficiency and reliability-enhancing characteristics of intelligent appliances, with the catchy title of “fridges of the world, unite!”. They discuss the GridWise Olympic Peninsula Testbed project in which I participated, although they focus on the frequency control aspect of the project and not on … More Economist on intelligent appliances and energy efficiencyMore Economist on intelligent appliances and energy efficiency

Will dynamic retail power prices help the environment?

Michael Giberson Rich Sweeney, at Common Tragedies, raises the question “Is dynamic pricing green?” Riffing off of Lynne’s article in Smart Grid News and a complementary post here on Knowledge Problem, Rich acknowledges that dynamic pricing for retail power can encourage load shifting away from peaks and may even reduce consumption overall. But, he suggests, … More Will dynamic retail power prices help the environment?More Will dynamic retail power prices help the environment?