Promoting energy conservation through thermal imaging

When I posted the suggestion that adding thermal imaging capability to the cameras on ordinary smart phones would boost energy efficiency, I did not know there was published research offering some support for claim. As it turns out…. Julie Goodhew, Sabine Pahl, Tim Auburn, and Steve Goodhew, “Making Heat Visible: Promoting Energy Conservation Behaviors Through Thermal Imaging” Environment & … More Promoting energy conservation through thermal imaging

The mystery of fracking revealed by intrepid Washington Post reporter

From the Washington Post: “This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals from fracking wastewater can taint fresh water nearby.”* The article itself mentions one study done by the USGS looking upstream and downstream from a single wastewater storage site in near Lochgelly, WV. But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered … More The mystery of fracking revealed by intrepid Washington Post reporter

Does bad regulatory policy sow the seeds of better regulatory policy?

Severin Borenstein asks whether growth of distributed energy is mostly an uneconomic response to regulatory dysfunction, and raises the question of whether uneconomic responses might lead to regulatory improvements. He doesn’t quite frame the issues quite like that, his post is somewhat exploratory in form, but I think this is the question he is aiming at. … More Does bad regulatory policy sow the seeds of better regulatory policy?

A facelift and a schedule

I’ve made some changes to the KP page. First and foremost I asked my brilliant, creative friend Danell Drazek to design a logo and color scheme for me, which inspired the facelift. If you need any design work I recommend you contact her! Second, I’m going to schedule new content every Wednesday. Mike and I … More A facelift and a schedule

Cooperation between Bird-Watchers and Hot-Rodders

Dwight Lee writes of cooperation between antagonists, fostered by private ownership: [M]ost members of the Audubon Society surely see the large sport utility vehicles and high-powered cars encouraged by abundant petroleum supplies as environmentally harmful. That perception, along with the environmental risks associated with oil recovery, helps explain why the Audubon Society vehemently opposes drilling … More Cooperation between Bird-Watchers and Hot-Rodders

Will raising the minimum bid in federal oil and gas lease auctions boost auction revenue?

The short answer to the title question is probably not. In the Department of the Interior’s rulemaking docket concerning the financial terms governing oil and gas leasing on federal lands, a handful of comments endorsed the idea of raising the minimum bid in lease auctions as a way to increase federal revenues. But, as explained … More Will raising the minimum bid in federal oil and gas lease auctions boost auction revenue?

How should the BLM reflect social costs when leasing federal lands for oil and gas development?

In April the U.S. Department of the Interior issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) seeking comments on a handful of economic issues surrounding the leasing of federal lands for oil and gas development. Most of the questions raised in the ANPR concern aspects of the “government take” – the royalty rates, minimum bids, … More How should the BLM reflect social costs when leasing federal lands for oil and gas development?

The primary reason for quadrennial gasoline price-gouging charges against Marathon in Kentucky

On May 12, 2015 Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway filed a lawsuit against Marathon Petroleum Company alleging Marathon has engaged in anti-competitive practices that cause higher gasoline prices for Kentucky consumers. In making the announcement Conway said he has tried over and over to get the Federal Trade Commission or U.S. Department of Justice interested in the case, but … More The primary reason for quadrennial gasoline price-gouging charges against Marathon in Kentucky

Newsweek Cloaks Industry-Funded Environmentalist’s Hit Piece

First, some background On April 11, 2015, an editorial piece by Randy Simmons and Megan Hansen on the cost of wind energy was published by Newsweek. A DailyKos blogger posted the next day disputing various claims in the piece and observing Newsweek had not disclosed Simmons’s apparent oil industry connections. The day after that the … More Newsweek Cloaks Industry-Funded Environmentalist’s Hit Piece

FERC’s Clark looks to states for help with regional markets

EnergyWire reports, “FERC’s Clark looks to states for help fixing dysfunctional markets.” It is, I guess, a reasonable impulse. Given the way regulatory authority over the electric power industry is currently divided between the feds and the states, there are limits on what the one can do without the other. We saw in the fate … More FERC’s Clark looks to states for help with regional markets