External costs of energy production, auditing the Energy Star program, and more

Michael Giberson

NewsWatch:Energy puts together a pretty good list of energy links, today noting the National Research Council’s new “Hidden costs of energy: Unpriced consequences of energy production and use.” (Surprise: coal looks bad. But note that much of the harm arises from a small number of coal-fueled generators.  The rest of the coal-burners are not awful.)

Also, a Department of Energy audit of the the Energy Star program “has concluded … that it does not properly track whether manufacturers that give their appliances an Energy Star label have met the required specifications for energy efficiency.” From the New York Times.

NewsWatch:Energy also notes the flare-up at the Texas Energy and Environment blog over informal remarks by the Oncor CEO on the lack of value from restructuring electric power in the state. Later Oncor issued a formal statement by the CEO. The official story: “In the long-run, deregulation – even with the short-run challenges we had – is the best decision Texas could have made.”

Hey, I just noticed that they also linked to my post on the Economics of Tres Amigas. Wow, they really are good at finding the best stuff. 🙂

More links at Chron Energy Newslinks 10.20.09.

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One thought on “External costs of energy production, auditing the Energy Star program, and more

  1. “In the long-run, deregulation – even with the short-run challenges we had – is the best decision Texas could have made.”

    I expect the CEO really believes that. What is that phrase?: Talking Your Book?

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