Can You Spot the Attitude Difference?

Lynne Kiesling Note these items from the Financial Times: 1. Peugeot and Mitshubishi enter an electric car alliance, striving toward plug-in hybrid vehicles. The same article notes that Bosch and Samsung have entered into an alliance to develop better lithium-ion batteries. 2. Ford and GM call on the federal government to support plug-in hybrid development; … More Can You Spot the Attitude Difference?More Can You Spot the Attitude Difference?

The Importance of Energy Storage for Integrating Renewables

Lynne Kiesling This ars technica article on energy storage provides a concise summary of the challenge of energy storage and the current technology options. Focusing on the power needs of datacenters, the article describes the intermittency problem associated with renewable sources (in normal language, the sun doesn’t necessarily shine and the wind doesn’t necessarily blow … More The Importance of Energy Storage for Integrating RenewablesMore The Importance of Energy Storage for Integrating Renewables

Radical Ignorance and Knightian Uncertainty: Bryan’s Thinking Too Hard …

Lynne Kiesling … or he’s being fatuous; I prefer to think he’s trying too hard. Bryan Caplan’s got a challenge to come up with an example of radical ignorance/Knightian uncertainty that’s better than the Trojan horse example. Arnold Kling’s got a response for him, as does Tyler Cowen. They are all focused on the important … More Radical Ignorance and Knightian Uncertainty: Bryan’s Thinking Too Hard …More Radical Ignorance and Knightian Uncertainty: Bryan’s Thinking Too Hard …

Climate Change Roundable at Reason

Lynne Kiesling Did the Reason article from the Kiesling/Bailey/Smith carbon policy panel that I linked to earlier this week just whet your appetite? Then this Reason Roundtable on Climate Change is for you! There has been much discussion in free market circles about market-based solutions to global warming that minimize the threat that big government … More Climate Change Roundable at ReasonMore Climate Change Roundable at Reason

Toyota’s Long-term Vehicle Strategy: Move Beyond Petroleum

Lynne Kiesling On Wednesday Toyota announced that they would release a plug-in hybrid vehicle by 2010, and that they will manufacture hybrid versions of all vehicles over the next 20 years. The battery in the PHEV will be lithium ion, but Toyota is working on developing nickel metal hydride batteries, as well as other battery … More Toyota’s Long-term Vehicle Strategy: Move Beyond PetroleumMore Toyota’s Long-term Vehicle Strategy: Move Beyond Petroleum

Fairness Reasoning in the Abstract and the Concrete

Michael Giberson Will Wilkinson points to a post by Joshua Knobe discussing a philosophy experiment conducted by U. of Arizona philosophers Chris Freiman and Shaun Nichols. Here is how Knobe describes the experiment: Subjects were randomly assigned either to receive [an] ‘abstract’ question or a ‘concrete.’ Subjects who had been assigned to receive an abstract … More Fairness Reasoning in the Abstract and the ConcreteMore Fairness Reasoning in the Abstract and the Concrete

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?

Ron Bailey, Fred Smith, and I Discuss Climate Change at Reason

Lynne Kiesling Here’s an online edited version of the transcript, and a link to the video of a discussion panel that Ron Bailey, Fred Smith, and I did at a Reason in DC event in October 2007. It was a very lively conversation! The transcript is in the July 2008 print edition of Reason. … More Ron Bailey, Fred Smith, and I Discuss Climate Change at Reason