Remember the power flow?

It's downstream from Washington. Yesterday, I wrote of Texas power woes:Central planners knew reserve dispatchable (on demand) electricity provision was a weakness for renewables’ case, even as renewables raise the importance of dispatchable power. If planners wanted more renewable energy they had to raise electricity prices to fund building the standby generators and securing the… Continue reading Remember the power flow?

Citizens for Enervating Michigan’s Economy II

There are a few lobbyists styling themselves "Citizens for Energizing Michigan's Economy" who are hammering the radio with political ads criticizing legislators who support expanding energy choice. CEME is, in fact, dependent for funding upon Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy. These guys have been around for awhile, so their pedigree is clear:Touting A 'Looming Energy… Continue reading Citizens for Enervating Michigan’s Economy II

Looting and Freedom

Whether political freedom or economic freedom is more important is a moot question. The most basic property right is self-ownership. To the degree that right is compromised, so is freedom. A commenter at the linked article above noted this: “I propose in the following discussion to call one’s own labor, and the equivalent exchange of… Continue reading Looting and Freedom

The President’s hugest success?

Achieving Durable Success in the Fight for Deregulation By virtually any metric, President Trump’s regulatory agenda has achieved nearly unprecedented results. Neomi Rao, the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has carried out Trump’s one-in, two-out executive order (EO 13771) to the letter, just as his supporters had hoped and detractors… Continue reading The President’s hugest success?

Post scriptum

Apropos of President Trump's Bezos bashing is this 2017 article from the Wall Street Journal: Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special DeliveryMyopia is the first word that springs to mind on reading this. Well, the first polite word. The author knows regulation is the problem, and proposes more regulation as the solution. Yes, United… Continue reading Post scriptum

Dear Consumers Energy,

Why asking me for $1.50 per month to help you build more windmills is ridiculous: A new study from Utah State University found that, as of 2013, Michigan’s renewable energy mandate, enacted in 2008, has cost families and businesses here a bundle: $15.1 billion overall, or $3,830 per family, compared to what we would have… Continue reading Dear Consumers Energy,

Open letter to Consumers Energy

I recently received from you a mailing asking me to contribute $1.50 per month to something called the Green Generation program. According to that letter, my contribution would support “projects like the Michigan Wind Farm in Ubly, which generates enough enough electricity to power every home in a city the size of Battle Creek for… Continue reading Open letter to Consumers Energy