Will V2g Prove Profitable to Phev Owners?

Michael Giberson When I read someone suggesting that “vehicle-to-grid” (V2G) operations will make money for owners of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), I wonder how carefully they’ve thought through all the implications.*  The analyst might assume a particular battery technology and characteristics, for example, and then run a simulation against market data to see how much … More Will V2g Prove Profitable to Phev Owners?

Volatile Prices Decrease Consumer Satisfaction with Texas Competitive Retail Suppliers

Michael Giberson From a press release by J.D. Power and Associates: Wide fluctuations in electricity prices during the past year have led to a decrease in overall customer satisfaction with residential retail electric providers in Texas, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Texas Residential Retail Electric Provider Customer Satisfaction Study released today. The study, … More Volatile Prices Decrease Consumer Satisfaction with Texas Competitive Retail Suppliers

More on Bicycle Prices in Portland…

Michael Giberson …from Robin Goldstein, after he observed “an unexpectedly spirited and … fascinating debate” in response to his earlier post (commented upon here at KP, but also many other places, including Freakonomics). He wrote, “Many have written to corroborate my claim that used bikes are unusually expensive in Portland, while many others have disputed … More More on Bicycle Prices in Portland…

Don’t Follow the Swedish Health Care Model; Follow the Swedish Retail Electricity Model

Lynne Kiesling I am enjoying my Stockholm visit very much, despite the sticker shock while shopping and dining. The discussions at the Mont Pelerin Society meeting are interesting and thought-provoking, including quite a bit of discussion of the incentive problems, and the moral/ethical problems, of the “Swedish welfare state” model. The Swedish model of health … More Don’t Follow the Swedish Health Care Model; Follow the Swedish Retail Electricity Model

I Still Don’t Know Why I’d Want to Be on Facebook

Michael Giberson But after my wife joined Facebook, and my children were on Facebook, and, you know, about 300 million other people … well, obviously all the cool kids were doing it. Chris Masse celebrates my tentative steps further into the information age by offering  etiquette advice and linking to recommendations to get the most … More I Still Don’t Know Why I’d Want to Be on Facebook

A Customer’s View of National Grid’s Smart Meter Roll out

Michael Giberson From the Wind Power Law Blog in New York, Clifford Rohde takes a break from wind power law to report on his shift to National Grid’s time-of-use rates, a move that required the utility to install a “smart meter.” (He chronicled the first part of this effort in April, shortly after mailing in … More A Customer’s View of National Grid’s Smart Meter Roll out

Gasoline Price Gouging After Hurricane Ike in South Carolina

Michael Giberson In June, the South Carolina’s Office of the Attorney General issued a report on post-Hurricane Ike price gouging. The brief report is worth a look if you have an interest in price gouging laws. Over 4,300 price gouging complaints were received by the SC attorney general’s office in the post-Hurricane Ike period. Lots … More Gasoline Price Gouging After Hurricane Ike in South Carolina

Cash for Clunkers, Economics of

Michael Giberson Christopher Knittel, at UC-Davis, has run some numbers on the “Cash for Clunkers” program and concludes that it is an expensive way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions: The Cash for Clunker program aims to stimulate the economy, provide relief for automobile manufacturers and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this research note, I present … More Cash for Clunkers, Economics of

Peters: The Impact of Ferc Orders on the Value of Bidders in Pjm

Michael Giberson Lon Peters has an article, “The Impact of FERC Orders on the Value of Bidders in PJM,” in the August/September 2009 edition of the Electricity Journal that tries to assess the effects of regulatory actions on the market value of publicly traded companies participating in the PJM wholesale power market. The analytical approach … More Peters: The Impact of Ferc Orders on the Value of Bidders in Pjm

Used Cars, Used Bikes; Phoenix, Seattle

Michael Giberson Robin Goldstein tried buying a used bike in Portland, Oregon, found them to be pricey, and it led him to do a little data collecting.  He tells the story in a post at Blind Taste, but just to jump forward to his numbers: From each of these cities I collected an extremely basic … More Used Cars, Used Bikes; Phoenix, Seattle