Selling Power: Economics, Policy, and Electric Utilities Before 1940, Neufeld

“John L. Neufeld offers a comprehensive historical treatment of the economics that shaped electric utilities. Compared with most industries, the organization of the electric utility industry is not—and cannot be—economically efficient. Most industries are kept by law in a state of fair competition, but the capital necessary to start an electric company—generators, transmission and distribution systems, and land and buildings—is so substantial that few companies can enter the market and compete. Therefore, the natural state of the electric utility industry since its inception has been a monopoly subject to government oversight. These characteristics of electric utilities—and electricity’s importance—have created over time sharp political controversies, and changing public policies have dramatically changed the industry’s structure to an extent matched by few other industries. Neufeld outlines the struggles that shaped the industry’s development, and shows how the experience of electric utilities provides insight into the design of economic institutions, including today’s new large-scale markets.”

Solarplaza How #blockchains are transforming the #energy sector | #Solar

“Energy players are rushing to grapple with the potential of blockchains as experts warn the technology could upend traditional utility markets in the coming years. Dr Axel von Perfall, senior manager for energy, power and utilities, infrastructure and public sector at the accountancy firm PwC, said: “For the energy sector, the potential change in the market could be huge.”



NEWS: Energy May be Ripe for the Sharing Economy, Thanks to Bitcoin’s Blockchain Technology@AEEnet

#Solar cells can be made with tin instead of lead,…

“Dr Ross Hatton and colleagues show that perovskites using tin in place of lead are much more stable than previously thought, and so could prove to be a viable alternative to lead perovskites for solar cells.
Lead-free cells could render solar power cheaper, safer and more commercially attractive – leading to it becoming a more prevalent source of energy in everyday life.”

China’s Role in Global #Energy #Finance (10/24/16) – Center on Global Energy Policy #Podcast

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