2009 Power Prices in Ercot’s West Zone: a Mix of Wind Power, Natural Gas Prices, Transmission Constraints, and (inefficient) Congestion Management Practices

Michael Giberson ERCOT reached a new peak load record last week, beating the record set just a week before. Boone Pickens is backing off a little from earlier ambitions to build the world’s largest wind power facility near Pampa, Texas. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that low natural gas prices are limiting interest in … More 2009 Power Prices in Ercot’s West Zone: a Mix of Wind Power, Natural Gas Prices, Transmission Constraints, and (inefficient) Congestion Management Practices

Administration Abandons Airport Landing Slot Auction

Michael Giberson From the New York Times City Room, “U.S. Won’t Auction Airport Landing Slots“: The United States Department of Transportation has canceled a plan to auction landing slots at New York City’s three airports, officials announced on Wednesday, bringing an end to a widely criticized effort by the Bush administration to use market incentives … More Administration Abandons Airport Landing Slot Auction

Poetry in Traffic

Michael Giberson I’ve been reading and enjoying Tom Vanderbilt’s book, Traffic, subtitled “Why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us).”  The book appeals to the “amateur traffic engineer” in me.  Maybe you have one too, a little voice in your head that clicks on when you are stuck in traffic … More Poetry in Traffic