Pixies Us Tour

Lynne Kiesling Just a quick follow-up to Mike’s weekend post about the Pixies: they have announced some US dates on their current tour (sorry, Mike and Craig, none in Texas): November: 4 The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA – on sale TBA 8 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA – on sale August 16 9 Fox Theater, Oakland, … More Pixies Us Tour

Retailing Gasoline: At Least Twice a Day Dan Checks Up on His Competition

Michael Giberson An article from the San Bernardino, CA, The Sun offers a glimpse at the retail gasoline world from the retailers point of view: checking up on the competition twice a day, worried about being a penny or two too high in price, the pluses and minuses of accepting credit cards, negotiating with his … More Retailing Gasoline: At Least Twice a Day Dan Checks Up on His Competition

A Monday Morning Smart Grid Roundup

Lynne Kiesling The development and evolution of smart grid technologies, policies, and investments continues apace. Some interesting contributions to the discussion are: A Popular Science article on “reinventing the grid”: Despite the over-the-top rhetoric that incorrectly focuses on “reinvention” instead of evolution, this article provides a reasonable overview of the current technology and policy issues. … More A Monday Morning Smart Grid Roundup

The Gold in the Oceans and the Gold in Algae Biofuels

Michael Giberson The gold in the oceans and the gold in algal biofuel have much in common. You can develop a production process in each case, but the capital and operating costs for producing each are far too high for them to be commercially viable. I don’t begrudge anyone trying in either case to improve … More The Gold in the Oceans and the Gold in Algae Biofuels

Jetstream Announces More Utility-scale, Zero-emissions Hydrogen Power Plants

Michael Giberson Just days after the company reportedly broke ground on their first plant in New Mexico, the Honolulu Advertiser reports that Jetstream Wind, Inc., has indicated plans to build another one of the “world’s first utility-scale, zero-emissions hydrogen power plants” at Molokai, Hawaii: The Molokai plant, proposed by Jetstream Wind Inc., would use electricity … More Jetstream Announces More Utility-scale, Zero-emissions Hydrogen Power Plants

Oh! Pandora

Michael Giberson It is late on a Friday, and I want to go to sleep. But I had Pandora on in the background while I worked on the computer, and now that I’m stopping work, I want to keep listening to the music. It has been a long long time since over-the-air radio has kept … More Oh! Pandora

Update on My Budget Customer Service Post

Lynne Kiesling A follow-up on my post from earlier this week: I am happy to report that the head of Buget’s customer service has contacted me, and that the dispute is resolved, with the charge removed from my account. I appreciate his attention to the matter, and am grateful for the resolution.

Still Here …

Lynne Kiesling Just taking a little break this week, spending a big chunk of time watching the Tour (my Garmin-Slipstream guys are doing great!), doing my own training for an upcoming race, reading David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature, and trying to re-establish a more healthy, balanced relationship with my computer. Hope you all have … More Still Here …

Why Arizona Should Encourage Development of a Open, Competitive Electric Power Market

Michael Giberson Stanley Reynolds and Andrew Kleit have made the case for restructuring the electric power industry in Arizona to encourage development of an open, competitive electric power market.  Good stuff.  I’d especially encourage anyone interested in electric power policy to consider the authors’ eight-point list of elements required for a competitive market (pp. 19-20). … More Why Arizona Should Encourage Development of a Open, Competitive Electric Power Market

Negative Power Prices in Ercot West: Charts for Jan-june 2009

Michael Giberson Below are three charts showing data on ERCOT West zone power prices for the January-June 2009 period.  The charts were derived from data provided through the ERCOT website, on their “Balancing Energy Services Market Clearing Prices for Energy Annual Report” page. These charts were prepared in the same way, including use of the … More Negative Power Prices in Ercot West: Charts for Jan-june 2009