What Is a Watt, Really?

Clean Energy. We’re all for it. In fact we’re the Southern Alliance for it. But what is it? I’m not talking about the “clean” part. That one word deserves its own essay. I’m talking about the “energy” part. We all have some idea about what energy is. We all pay utility bills. What we’re paying [...]

Japan Continues Struggle with Aftermath from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

As 2012 draws to a close, evaluating the ongoing effects of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on the people of Japan is a difficult and depressing task. After having fled their homes due to the tsunami and resulting triple nuclear meltdown, 21 months later an estimated 160,000 citizens still have not returned home. [...]

How Cheap Is Coal?

Remember when coal was king? Just a few years ago the consensus was that coal was cheap and abundant and would remain that way for the foreseeable future. Today, though, coal prices are increasing and becoming more volatile. Perhaps more important to us here in the Valley, TVA’s existing fleet of coal plants will soon [...]

GAO takes a close look at TVA efficiency efforts and expense planning

The federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in December that takes a hard look at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) energy efficiency efforts and capital expenditure planning. The report recommends that (1) TVA complete its energy efficiency potential study and use that to inform its future energy efficiency efforts, and (2) that the [...]

There is no free lunch, especially if air pollution is killing you

This blog is one of a series of posts about how the “power of free markets” may be able to help solve climate change. You can view the rest of the posts here. Former Congressman Bob Inglis’ essay calls for conservatives to believe in the “power of free markets” and support a tax swap that creates [...]

Energy subsidies in a free market

This blog is one of a series of posts about how the “power of free markets” may be able to help solve climate change. You can view the rest of the posts here. Bob Inglis’ call to “simultaneously eliminat[e] all subsidies” for energy is another way that he believes we can use the “power of free [...]

Six ways to help price signals deliver energy savings

This blog is one of a series of posts about how the “power of free markets” may be able to help solve climate change. You can view the rest of the posts here. As discussed in the main post, Price signals don’t always work, creating a meaningful connection between energy price signals and consumers is challenged [...]

Price signals do not always work

This blog is one of a series of posts about how the “power of free markets” may be able to help solve climate change. You can view the rest of the posts here. Bob Inglis’ call to rely on a carbon tax as the main weapon to fight climate change is based on the idea that [...]

Delving into the disputes about free market climate policies

This post provides notes and further explanation for the main post, Free market perspective already dominates the climate policy debate. Its one one of a series of posts about how the “power of free markets” may be able to help solve climate change. You can view the rest of the posts here. Note 1 (on the equivalence [...]

Free market perspective already dominates the climate policy debate

This blog is one of a series of posts about how the “power of free markets” may be able to help solve climate change. You can view the rest of the posts here. As Grist’s David Roberts might remind us, Bob Inglis’ recent climate change commentaries are a throwback to an era when policy and appeals [...]