Smart Grid Technology, Economics, and Policy (Part 1 of 5)

Lynne Kiesling This week I’ll be writing a series of posts about smart grid technology, economics, and policy. The buzz around the idea of smart grid is palpable:  old companies like GE and new companies like Google are changing their business models to incorporate more smart grid activities and products, entrepreneurs are exploring new products … More Smart Grid Technology, Economics, and Policy (Part 1 of 5)

The Retail Electric Power Market Shakeout in Texas

Michael Giberson One last Texas electric power post for the day, this one on the upheaval among some electric power retailers in Texas, via Platts: The shrinking field of retail marketers is not an indictment against restructured power markets but an expected result of the credit crisis and its impact on retailers, Jim Burke, CEO … More The Retail Electric Power Market Shakeout in Texas

Lower Prices for Electric Power in Texas

Michael Giberson Are your electric power rates falling?  Are they below what they were two years ago? They might  be if you live in parts of West Texas.  The Abilene Reporter-News reports: Electric rates available to West Texans are less expensive, on average, than they were two years ago. In addition, residential rates offered in … More Lower Prices for Electric Power in Texas

Does “Competitive Electricity Markets” Want to Be Free?

Michael Giberson Al Roth at his Market Design blog draws attention to Competitive Electricity Markets: Design, Implementation, Performance, a book edited by Fereidoon Sioshansi, which contains 15 chapters on power market design by some of the best workers in the field. As Roth notes, it has been out for a year or so, and it … More Does “Competitive Electricity Markets” Want to Be Free?