A New Paper, and Presenting It at Conferences This Week

Lynne Kiesling My co-author David Chassin and I have a new working paper available at SSRN from the GridWise Olympic Peninsula testbed demonstration project: Beneficial Complexity: A Field Experiment in Technology, Institutions, and Institutional Change in the Electric Power Industry This paper presents and analyzes the results of a recent field experiment in which residential … More A New Paper, and Presenting It at Conferences This Week

Coal in a World of Cheap Natural Gas

Michael Giberson Natural gas has become cheap enough relative to coal that some gas-fired electric generators are able to underbid baseload coal generators.  Market-based switching from coal power to gas has increased demand for gas by three billion cubic feet per day according to a Merrill Lynch analysis cited in the Wall Street Journal today. … More Coal in a World of Cheap Natural Gas

Another Note on Natural Gas Supply in the Us

Michael Giberson Kristen Hays reports on the current natural gas supply conditions in the Houston Chronicle: rig counts down, production remains strong, and natural gas in storage is increasing. The US Department of Energy predicts natural gas consumption will fall 2.2 percent this year and grow slightly in 2010. While drilling rigs are being shut … More Another Note on Natural Gas Supply in the Us

What Are the Best Books on the Economic History of Energy Technology and Development?

Michael Giberson I know we have a few economic historians among our readers. You may be interested in Alexis Madrigal’s blog, Inventing Green, which he describes as research notes for his forthcoming book on the development of energy technology and institutions (previously mentioned here in an earlier post). Recently he wrote: The deeper I get … More What Are the Best Books on the Economic History of Energy Technology and Development?

A Bikey Bikey Weekend!

Lynne Kiesling Will soon be outta here, headed west to lovely Bettendorf, Iowa, for this weekend’s Tour of the Mississippi River Valley (TOMRV) bike ride. 106 miles on Saturday, 90 on Sunday. I intend to be back on Sunday to report that I did ride every.dang.mile. There’s a slight chance of rain both days, with … More A Bikey Bikey Weekend!

Water Footprint As the Next Big Thing

Lynne Kiesling Wednesday’s Christian Science Monitor had an interesting article about burgeoning water scarcity issues: Move over, carbon, the next shoe to drop in the popular awareness of eco-issues is the “water footprint.” That’s the word in environmental circles these days. Just as the image of a heavy carbon foot made it possible for the … More Water Footprint As the Next Big Thing

Will Wind Energy Follow Ethanol’s Path?

Michael Giberson The ethanol industry is suffering and The Wichita Eagle asks, “Will wind energy follow ethanol’s path?“ The answer is: Possibly. It depends on politics, the health of the credit markets and the price of coal, oil and natural gas. Oil prices are moving up, recently exceeding $70 bbl in NYMEX trading, but gas … More Will Wind Energy Follow Ethanol’s Path?

And I Thought Texas Politics Was Entertaining…

Michael Giberson Have you been keeping up with the news out of Albany, New York? On Monday, with the support of two Democratic state senators the minority Republicans voted themselves back into the leadership positions. Democrats tried to prevent the maneuver by, among other things, turning off the lights in the Senate chamber, and having … More And I Thought Texas Politics Was Entertaining…

It’s the End of the School Year …

Lynne Kiesling … replete with its reminder of the old aphorism, which I believe is completely accurate: we teach for free, but get paid to grade. Grading, grading, grading, awash in blue books. Trying to avoid being lured into the procrastination vortices of KP, Twitter, etc. OK, back to work …

Solar Project at Pearl Brewery in San Antonio

Michael Giberson The Full Goods Building at the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio has installed a solar power system, apparently the largest in Texas. You can find real time information on the system’s power output, current building load, and power consumption from the local utility from the online information kiosk (click the “Current Status” button). … More Solar Project at Pearl Brewery in San Antonio