Lynne Kiesling We interrupt our regular discussion of economics for a public service announcement: I’ve been having a horrendous customer service experience with Budget car rental. Briefly, the re-routing of my flight to Collegiate Triathlon Nationals, due to inclement weather in Dallas, meant that I had to re-reserve the rental car, and the Expedia agent … More PSA: Bad customer service from Budget car rental
Michael Giberson New York banned “zone pricing” of gasoline as of last November. In the news: (Henrietta, N.Y.) – Nine months after a state law banning zone pricing for gas went into effect, drivers can still find about a 20 cent per gallon disparity in price depending on where they buy it. For example, gas … More Nine months after the zone pricing ban in New York…
Michael Giberson First, the news: Washington Township, N.J., gas station ordered temporarily closed for price gouging A judge on Monday [July 13] ordered the temporary closing of a Washington Township, N.J., gas station after the owners pleaded guilty to price gouging. Express Fuel on Route 31 North, south of Washington, will reopen on Monday. The … More Punishing gasoline customers for non-existent ‘price gouging’ by New Jersy station
Michael Giberson In the news, many stories about the debut of a power system at Gills Onion that will produce electricity from onion-based biogas. The topic seems to have spurred extra effort to insert jokes into headlines (Don’t cry for me, California; Energy, layer by layer; From The Onion … No, Not That One), but … More What’s so funny about generating power from onion juice?
Michael Giberson A reader points out a news release by Baryonyx Corp. announcing its success in a recent Texas lease offer for two offshore wind concessions. Baryonyx intends not only to build the offshore wind power plants but also to co-locate a high-reliability data center with the wind farms. File the idea as “just so … More Offshore wind power and data center?