Give me that old fashioned analog meter?!!?

Michael Giberson Worthy of note, but still mostly puzzling: continuing, low-level, organized opposition to smart electric meters. I can understand concerns over data privacy, but that is about it. Sure, in some states the roll-out came with a sense that the regulated utility was gaining more control over consumer electrical consumption and making customers pay … More Give me that old fashioned analog meter?!!?

Presidents, policies, prices and production

Michael Giberson Robert Rapier posts this chart: Rapier noted that last week Obama observed the energy production trends: “Under my administration, domestic oil and natural gas production is up, while imports of foreign oil are down,” Obama added in his statement. “In the months ahead, we will continue to look for new ways to partner with … More Presidents, policies, prices and production

Examining the “Masters Hypothesis” about the role of index funds in the 2007-2008 price spike

Michael Giberson From the most recent (January 2012) edition of Energy Economics: “Testing the Masters Hypothesis in commodity futures markets” by Scott Irwin and Dwight Sander. The “Masters Hypothesis” refers to claims by investment manager Michael Masters (in testimony before a Senate committee -included in this collection– and on the TV program 60 minutes, among … More Examining the “Masters Hypothesis” about the role of index funds in the 2007-2008 price spike

WSJ says EIA says natural gas prices could jump 54 percent with exports

Michael Giberson Yesterday the Energy Information Administration released the results of its analysis of possible price effects from increased natural gas exports, and the Wall Street Journal finds the drama (“Gas Prices Could Rise With Exports”): Increased exports of U.S. natural gas could drive up domestic gas prices as much as 54% in 2018, federal officials … More WSJ says EIA says natural gas prices could jump 54 percent with exports

SOPA/PIPA protests and the economics of content market power

Lynne Kiesling I found some things striking in yesterday’s SOPA/PIPA protests. One was Jim Harper’s clear and cogent statement that the Internet is not a thing, it’s a set of protocols stipulating how computers communicate with each other. That set of protocols is a platform, and those protocols are not the government’s to regulate. Jim’s … More SOPA/PIPA protests and the economics of content market power

Regional transmission efforts good for re-routing information flows to regulators

Michael Giberson Peter Behr, at ClimateWire, describes the U.S. Department of Energy’s efforts to rework its electric transmission study processes, created in the 2005 Energy Policy Act but stalled by adverse court decisions and political missteps. I’m not so sure that the new approaches will be any better received than the old, but I noticed … More Regional transmission efforts good for re-routing information flows to regulators