Michael Giberson From David Byrne’s review in the New York Times of Jeff Mapes book, Pedaling Revolution: [Mapes] argues that cycling promotion can raise society’s level of general fitness, since people exercise more when it seems less like exercise and more like something mostly enjoyable that also performs a function, like getting to work. “Bike … More About “something mostly enjoyable that also performs a function”
Michael Giberson Tom Konrad, writing at Alternative Energy Stocks, notes that “current incentives for Solar photovoltaics are good for encouraging more solar, but they are less effective at encouraging better solar.” (Emphasis added.) His quick review of policy options touches on renewable energy credits, feed-in tariffs, net metering, time-of-use rates, carbon pricing and other tools. … More Solar power: Policies should encourage thoughtful development
Lynne Kiesling Want better information about your electricity consumption, even if your premise does not have a utility “smart meter”? Do it yourself! Here are some examples, using in-home power meters and the home’s broadband connection to collect the electricity consumption data at WattzOn, an online energy tracking and monitoring tool. The idea is straightforward; … More Want better electricity information? Do it yourself!
Lynne Kiesling … But wait, there’s more! Greentech Media’s Green Tech Grid channel lists all of their smart grid Q&A interviews (from Jesse Berst and Michael Butler), including the two that I mentioned in my post earlier today. There are also links to other resources, worthy of your perusal.
Lynne Kiesling Greentech Media has a couple of really good smart grid Q&A articles, one with Peter Fox-Penner and Ahmad Faruqui, and one with Fred Butler. Fox-Penner and Faruqui are two leading economists (with the Brattle Group) in analyzing consumer behavior and price responsiveness in electricity, and Butler is on the New Jersey Public Service … More Smart grid Q and A at Greentech Media
Michael Giberson In my just published post on zone pricing, I noted a newspaper story from New York which suggests that the recently enacted ban on zone prices was equalizing gasoline prices, at least around Rochester. To quote myself: Meanwhile, in neighboring New York, a newspaper story from suburban Rochester suggests that the state’s new … More Is the zone pricing ban raising average gasoline prices in New York?
Michael Giberson From the website of Livvy Floren, Greenwich state representative and Assistant Republican Leader in the Connecticut House of Representatives, “Greenwich Delegation Calls for Ban on Zone Pricing of Gas“: HARTFORD- Greenwich State Reps. Livvy Floren (R-149), Lile Gibbons (R-150) and Fred Camillo (R-151) are dismayed the state legislature refuses to address the issue … More Legislators from wealthy Fairfield County, Connecticut hope a zone pricing ban will save constituents money
Lynne Kiesling My article on smart grid from the June print edition of Reason is now available online. Here’s the conclusion for a bit of a teaser: The obsolete electro-mechanical electric power network, built by and for a monopoly industry, cannot support the kind of growth experienced during the last 20 years in so many … More My smart grid article in Reason
Lynne Kiesling I talk to a lot of different folks with different backgrounds in economics. Perhaps it’s because of the specific and arcane nature of “utility economics”, but many of the folks I meet think of economics as being very focused on forecasting, financial analysis, and quantitative estimates of various investments, rate/tariff policies, etc. Frankly, … More What is economics, exactly?
Lynne Kiesling Here are a couple of interesting and related articles on urban dynamism and what economists call economies of agglomeration. Digital communication technology was supposed to reduce those economies of agglomeration, right? We can work from anywhere, don’t have to be physically co-located, and that includes developing countries too … so, as Ed Glaeser … More Glaeser and Florida on urbanization, and Nashville’s lure