Energy Storage Questions and Answers

Michael Giberson Earth2tech offers “3 Questions for 3 Energy Storage Experts.” The three questions: Why is energy storage so essential to the new energy economy? What is the most important use or implementation of energy storage? Which energy storage innovation do you most believe in? Not exactly hard-hitting, investigative journalist-type questions, but useful in inspiring … More Energy Storage Questions and Answers

Hi Again; Some Reading Recommendations for the Holiday Season

Lynne Kiesling Hi! How are you? I’m well, thanks. Long time no chat. Frankly, I’ve been tired, and have had too many work obligations stretching me in too many disparate directions. This has been bad for my KP writing, because much of what is happening with electricity regulation and policy right now is ripe for … More Hi Again; Some Reading Recommendations for the Holiday Season

Smart Meter Business is Booming

Michael Giberson Infused by the $3.4 billion in federal grants handed out last week, utilities will ramp up production and installation of digital smart meters by more than 19 percent, with 250 million predicted to be rolled out by 2015, according to a new report out today from Pike Research. (GreenBeat) So the smart meter … More Smart Meter Business is Booming

Reduced Air Emissions Due to Wind Power: Not As Much As You Might Think

Michael Giberson A pair of posts at Master Resource (part I, part II) explore the degree to which variable wind power leads to lower efficiency and increased air emissions when natural gas generators are used to provide energy balancing and back-up reserves (and except when and where sufficient hydropower is available, natural gas generation usually … More Reduced Air Emissions Due to Wind Power: Not As Much As You Might Think

“Hayek’s Legacy … is Still Brightly Promoted”

Michael Giberson Al Roth, at Market Design, points out an inadvertently amusing column from The Guardian a few weeks back, “Our speechless outrage demands a new language of the common good.” The writer, Madeleine Bunting, asserts that economists of a certain sort (namely, Friedrich Hayek and his associates at Chicago in the 50s) came to … More “Hayek’s Legacy … is Still Brightly Promoted”

You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Or, Why Oil Production Declines with Rock and Roll

Michael Giberson From the “too good not to share” category: “The Hubbert Peak Theory of Rock, or, Why We’re All Out of Good Songs,” from the pop culture scrutineers at Overthinking It. A few years ago, Rolling Stone magazine added fuel to the music snobbery fire with its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.  … More You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Or, Why Oil Production Declines with Rock and Roll

New Meters Enabling New Rate Designs by Competitive Power Suppliers in Texas

Michael Giberson Many companies offer retail electric power contracts in the competitive retail portions of Texas, but for a long time the contracts have been kind of, you know, boring: either fixed rate or variable, if fixed then for 1 or 2 years. Renewable content offerings provided a little color, ranging up to 100 percent. … More New Meters Enabling New Rate Designs by Competitive Power Suppliers in Texas

Electricity and Water-understand the Relationship That is Causing Problems

Michael Giberson In parts of the United States (and worldwide), limited availability of water is limiting the ability to build new power plants. While the water-energy connection has been of interest for some time, particularly in more arid areas, the issue has seemed to be more in the news of late. (I.e., this news article … More Electricity and Water-understand the Relationship That is Causing Problems

Tres Amigas Presentation

Michael Giberson Tres Amigas CEO Phil Harris recently gave a presentation about the proposed project to interconnect the Eastern, Western and Texas grids to folks at the Electric Power Research Institute: ADDED: Technology Review, “Superconductors to Wire a Smarter Grid,” explains the project with a little more description of the role played by superconducting technology … More Tres Amigas Presentation

The Key to Arizona’s Energy Future

Michael Giberson Via the Goldwater Institute in Arizona, this announcement of an event happening today, November 12 in Phoenix: Today three experts on electricity restructuring will be at the state Capital to talk about how Arizona could begin a restructuring process and how restructuring could encourage the use of more renewable energy. The discussion is … More The Key to Arizona’s Energy Future