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

Wind power and bird deaths and Frederic Bastiat

Michael Giberson Wind power gets a lot of criticism for contributing to bird deaths. Reports of bird-turbine collisions lead some environmentalists to withhold support from wind power. You sometimes see free market advocates, who otherwise seem not to get much concerned over the effects of economic activity on wildlife, suddenly quite concerned about wind power’s … More Wind power and bird deaths and Frederic Bastiat

GE-FPL smart grid investments in Florida

Lynne Kiesling GE and Silver Springs Network will work with FPL to implement smart grid investments for 1 million Miami customers (here’s GE’s press release). This is an exciting and promising investment, and its open architecture holds a lot of promise for the development of customer-facing applications. GE and Silver Springs have great technology. So … More GE-FPL smart grid investments in Florida

Estimates of net cost of Waxman-Markey bill

Lynne Kiesling If you are interested in following the Waxman-Markey energy-climate bill as it wends its way through Congress, John at Environmental Economics alerts us to the EPA’s analysis of the bill’s cost. The EPA estimates that it will cost less than $150/year, contrary to other, higher estimates. I’m not convinced by the EPA estimates, … More Estimates of net cost of Waxman-Markey bill