Lynne Kiesling Here’s a roundup of some developments in smart grid end user devices (in other words, I had a bunch of cool articles open about nifty innovations, so let’s round ’em up so I can clear tabs in my browser!) that I hope you will find as interesting as I do: From the NYT … More Smart Grid Device Update
Lynne Kiesling Last week I wrote about Microsoft’s Hohm energy management product announcement. Yesterday at earth2tech, Katie Fehrenbacher elaborated on the cloud computing angle, and how Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service might change energy data storage, computing, and business models. Microsoft, Google, and others are all exploring cloud computing, for good reason: The trend of … More Hohm, and Cloud Computing
Lynne Kiesling In his usual trenchant way, Jonathan Adler has hit upon the two things to which I object the most in the Waxman-Markey bill and vote. The first is the one about which I wrote in May: despite all of the tooth-gnashing and knicker-twisting about the cap-and-trade portions of the bill, the really egregious … More Transparency and Representation in the Waxman-Markey Vote
Lynne Kiesling The New York Times has a spiffy interactive map showing all of the House votes from Friday’s Waxman-Markey bill vote, as well as the entire roll call.
Lynne Kiesling Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, claims that Google’s information and relationship model is top-down, Big Brother, while Facebook’s is bottom up and organic means of creating and gathering information based on social networks. He’s been making this claim quite vocally lately, and this Wired article provides a detailed discussion of the issues raised in … More Is Either Google or Facebook the Model of the Internet’s Future?
Lynne Kiesling I’ve kind of gotten out of the habit of posting about non-economics things (except for the occasional concert report); a couple of years ago I probably paid too much attention to some reader’s snarky comment about it, so I’ve not shared much about cooking, cycling, triathlon, wine, house renovation, etc. since then. Like … More Sunday Recipe Post: Lynne’s Perfect Pancakes
Lynne Kiesling The Next 100 is an interesting blog from some folks at PG&E; check it out and see what you think. They cover a range of energy, technology, and environment topics that will resonate with readers of Knowledge Problem, Environmental Economics, and the Wall Street Journal’s Environmental Capital. Although they do seem, at least … More Blog: The Next 100
Lynne Kiesling Having just returned from a 1.5-week, three-conference trip, I am having my now-usual visceral reaction to the thought of another airport experience — nausea, which I hope diminishes by the time of my next trip in early August. Thus I’m in violent (irony intended) agreement with a post on Bruce Schneier’s blog today … More Fixing Airport Security
Lynne Kiesling Microsoft announces its new Hohm service: Called “Hohm” (presumably, a play on the combination of “home and “Ohm”), the product will take advantage of smart grid data on energy use when it’s available. Even when it’s not, however, Hohm will allow users to input their own details and share the results of their … More Microsoft’s Hohm Joins the Smart Grid Fray
Lynne Kiesling Over the past few days Josh Blonz at Common Tragedies had a couple of posts (here and here) about the permit allocation issues in the Waxman-Markey bill, and yesterday Tim Haab picked up the conversation thread. They are both focusing on the welfare and efficiency implications of the proposal to allocate permits to … More Another Waxman-markey Blemish: Reinforcing the Obsolete Utility Business Model