Author Archives: James Bushnell

The Politics of Renewable Energy

I found yesterday’s NY Times article on the shifting politics of renewable energy morbidly fascinating on both a political and economic level. Basically the article pieces together anecdotes of odd-couple political alliances between renewable energy boosters and Republicans, Libertarians (e.g. … Continue reading

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The Real Balkanization of the Power Grid

A few months ago, The New York Times ran a prominent article that focused on a familiar stalking horse for U.S. energy policy analysts: the difficulties building new transmission.  The gist of the story is that we have a system … Continue reading

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Is an economist allowed to oppose the XL pipeline?

It feels at times as if opposing the XL pipeline requires one to give up their keys to the Energy Institute executive washroom. Chris Knittel has argued that stopping XL would yield  little to no reductions in emissions. Severin Borenstein … Continue reading

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JP Morgan and Market Complexity

JP Morgan and Market Complexity I’ve actually started to write this blog post several times over the last 9 months,  but other things come up and I put it on the shelf.   Fortunately (or not) the JP Morgan power trading … Continue reading

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A Ton is Never Really a Ton

I was recently on a panel at the “Australia US Dialogue on Carbon Pricing.” The focus was on linking the various markets for C02 that exist around the world.  For those of you not enmeshed in the exciting world of … Continue reading

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Solar Panels, or Low Permitting Costs, for Every Home?

Last week’s op-ed by the seemingly unlikely duo of David Crane (CEO of NRG) and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., repeats a point highlighted in several places recently about the degree to which, to quote the piece, “state regulatory agencies and … Continue reading

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Is Residential Solar Sticking it to the Man (your utility)?

The renewable energy industry has many cultural roots. One branch that pops up in a recent NY Times Magazine article on the Solar Industry is that of the energy rebel sticking it to the man (e.g. your utility). Imagine a world in … Continue reading

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