Another Reason Why Retail Regulation is Obsolete: Atrocious Incentives

Lynne Kiesling While I am musing on the problems with the traditional regulatory model in electricity, as in my prior renewables feed-in reverse auction post, I am going to pile on (yes, it is like shooting fish in a barrel, but it’s the first day after a long holiday weekend, so cut me some slack, … More Another Reason Why Retail Regulation is Obsolete: Atrocious Incentives

Is a Reverse Auction Feed-in Tariff “Market-Based”?

Lynne Kiesling Proponents say yes, but I’m not convinced. Here’s the story: the California Public Utilities Commission is considering some regulatory innovations to increase the share of renewables in the state’s generation portfolio, including a reverse-auction procurement solicitation for the provision of renewable power: In what might be a world first, the California Public Utilities … More Is a Reverse Auction Feed-in Tariff “Market-Based”?

Wsj Offers Nuclear Power Update

Michael Giberson Rebecca Smith, in the Wall Street Journal, surveys the current state of nuclear power’s future in the United States. “Times are exciting for nuclear,” says Ronaldo Szilard, director of nuclear science and engineering at the Idaho National Lab, a part of the U.S. Energy Department. “There are lots of options being explored.” But … More Wsj Offers Nuclear Power Update