Should Ice-making Be a Regulated Utility?

Michael Giberson Lynne’s post on early commerce in ice reminded me that ice making has made other appearances in economic history. For example, some U.S. states once required a state license to make and sell ice. The question of the reasonableness of such licensing requirements reached the Supreme Court in 1932 in New State Ice … More Should Ice-making Be a Regulated Utility?

Smart Shopping for Electric Power Just Got Easier in Houston

Michael Giberson CenterPoint Energy, the Houston-area electric distribution company, has launched MyTrueCost.com to help area retail electric customers shop for electric power. Help may be needed: currently 43 companies offer a total of 239 different service options in the CenterPoint service territory according to data from Powertochoose.org, the Texas PUC’s retail power website. The basic … More Smart Shopping for Electric Power Just Got Easier in Houston

Canada Should Better Integrate Electric Power Markets Among Provinces

Pierre-Olivier Pineau’s opinion piece in the Montreal Gazette makes a case for greater harmonization of electric power markets among Canadian provinces. … More Canada Should Better Integrate Electric Power Markets Among Provinces