Compressed Air Storage is Getting a Fresh Look

Michael Giberson Just as Lynne was suggesting the importance of energy storage… If we had more efficient and distributed energy storage, then we could store wind-generated power near the source when lines are congested, and store it near demand by transmitting it when lines are not congested. Distributed energy storage gets us a one-two punch … More Compressed Air Storage is Getting a Fresh LookMore Compressed Air Storage is Getting a Fresh Look

Wind Power and Transmission Capacity and Storage Are Complements (But They’re Also Kind of Substitutes …)

Lynne Kiesling An article in today’s New York Times describes the difficulty of getting wind power to urban demand centers when transmission lines are congested: The dirty secret of clean energy is that while generating it is getting easier, moving it to market is not. The grid today, according to experts, is a system conceived … More Wind Power and Transmission Capacity and Storage Are Complements (But They’re Also Kind of Substitutes …)More Wind Power and Transmission Capacity and Storage Are Complements (But They’re Also Kind of Substitutes …)

Evernote is My New Bff

Lynne Kiesling Are you looking to improve your productivity as we swing back into fall? I strongly recommend Evernote, as does the ever-helpful Lifehacker, in this useful post. Evernote is a dynamic, networked storage application, part notepad, part inbox, part storage box. It’s an application you download for local use on your desktop, and it … More Evernote is My New BffMore Evernote is My New Bff

Surowiecki: That Uncertain Feeling

Lynne Kiesling James Surowiecki’s Financial Page column in the new New Yorker is an interesting muse on uncertainty. Or, more precisely, on volatility, because his focus is on fluctuations in stock prices, oil prices, other commodity prices, and currency valuations over the past couple of months, and on trying to discern the underlying causes of … More Surowiecki: That Uncertain FeelingMore Surowiecki: That Uncertain Feeling

Retail Electric Power in Texas: Growing Pains or Just Pain?

Michael Giberson EnergyBizInsider, Examining Texas: Like everything else in Texas, energy prices are getting big. But is it the cause of deregulation or other factors such as the price of underlying fuels?   This is the question that the Governor’s Competiveness Council took up. … It acknowledges that prices have risen there the last few … More Retail Electric Power in Texas: Growing Pains or Just Pain?More Retail Electric Power in Texas: Growing Pains or Just Pain?