Western Swing is Dead! Long Live Western Swing!

Michael Giberson Turkey, Texas: Home of Bob Wills The Texas Playboys play at Bob Wills Day Last Saturday my youngest son and I traveled up the road to Turkey, Texas, to catch a part of the annual Bob Wills Day celebration. Bob Wills is credited along with Milton Brown with pioneering Western Swing in the … More Western Swing is Dead! Long Live Western Swing!

A Problem with Market-Based Approaches to Emission Reductions

Michael Giberson Market-based approaches to regulating emissions are the new conventional wisdom, according to Robert Stavins, and it would be hard to disagree. Among proponents of regulating greenhouse gasses in the United States, the big debate is over which of two market-based approaches to regulating emissions should be pursued: emission tax or cap-and-trade. Is anyone … More A Problem with Market-Based Approaches to Emission Reductions

Smart Grid Policy Heats Up

Lynne Kiesling Smart grid policy and activity continue to heat up … I will be attending the NIST-EPRI Smart Grid Interoperability Standards Interim Roadmap Workshop Tuesday and Wednesday in DC, and will be co-chair of a track of sessions on business and policy. The focus of the meeting is “high-level principles” for developing smart grid … More Smart Grid Policy Heats Up

A Solar Panel, a Jug of Wine and Thou

Michael Giberson From RenewableEnergyWorld, an news release from solar developer Conergy: Going Green Reaches Economic Tipping Point at Wine and Shine 2009 Solar Energy Experts Conergy and Three Renowned California Vintners Showcase How Today’s Clean, Renewable Solar Energy Solutions Can Reap Millions In Cash Rebates, Tax Incentives and Energy Savings PASO ROBLES, CA – April … More A Solar Panel, a Jug of Wine and Thou

Pirates Paying for Music

Michael Giberson Freakonomics links to a post at Gizmodo which cites a recent study out of Norway that says people who download free music are 10x more likely to pay for music than people who don’t. Gizmodo is relying on Google translations from the Norwegian, which can be a little rough around the betalingsvilje, if … More Pirates Paying for Music

Lubbock Cycling Chic

Michael Giberson Tomorrow is the annual “Lowrider/Dream bike” parade on the Texas Tech University campus. The event is part of program in which TTU art students and science and engineering students mentor middle schoolers who assemble and customize a bicycle. There are a lot of very sound pedagogical reasons to think that such hands-on activities … More Lubbock Cycling Chic

Connecticut Attorney General Proposes New State Energy Agency to Combat Incentives for Economic Efficiency

Michael Giberson In economic theory, in lab experiments, in practice – pretty much generally speaking – it is well established in economics that a uniform clearing price auction works better than a pay-as-bid auction in cases such as the spot markets for power operated by the NYISO and ISO-New England (and every similar market in … More Connecticut Attorney General Proposes New State Energy Agency to Combat Incentives for Economic Efficiency

NYT Article on Shai Agassi

Lynne Kiesling Here’s an interesting New York Times article profiling Shai Agassi, the entrepreneur behind Better Place. Better Place is fascinating and worthy of our attention because it has the potential to be a complete game-changer in transportation by making battery replacement in electric vehicles as quick and easy as putting gasoline in your car. … More NYT Article on Shai Agassi

Using Brain Waves to Write/Type

Lynne Kiesling How cool is this: a University of Wisconsin biomedical engineering student has developed a way to type using brain waves. He posted to Twitter using his brain, literally and not just metaphorically! That’s right, no keyboards, just a red cap fitted with electrodes that monitor brain activity, hooked up to a computer flashing … More Using Brain Waves to Write/Type

Oil Shocker: Energy Economist Bids to Get Back on the Front Page

Michael Giberson I don’t know about the rest of you university energy economists, but life in the classroom got a little tougher for me this Spring. Last Fall energy economics was on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers every week, nearly every day. Anytime I wandered into class a minute or two early, I … More Oil Shocker: Energy Economist Bids to Get Back on the Front Page