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Do Your Solar Panels Affect Your Electricity Consumption?

Many solar industry and environmental advocates promote the claim that distribution ownership of energy is efficient. In the “Solar Impacts: Does Distributed Production Affect Consumption Choices?” study, support for this claim rests upon a fundamental assumption shared by and “virtually every current model of compensating distributed generation.” The study points out, however, that this fundamentally [...]

Who Will Pay the Pandemic Utility Bill – and How?

The COVID-19 pandemic has both spread and worsened in many areas, forcing widespread emergency responses, often at short notice and with minimal resources to help people cope with dire consequences. A major concern among most households, especially those struggling to meet basic needs, has been how to remain connected to essential utility services. The financial [...]

5 reasons why Nobel Prizes in economics matter in tech

In case you missed it, Professors Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson received the 2020 Nobel Prize in economics for their work on auction theory, which is used extensively in tech. Auction theory may not sound like much to some people: How hard can it be to ask people to bid on something? Read Dr. Jamison's [...]

3 reasons why Biden will kill off net neutrality

There are several reasons to think that a Biden administration will resurrect net neutrality, a policy adopted by the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2015 and then reversed by the Trump FCC in 2017. Yet there are reasons to believe a Biden administration will actually kill net neutrality. Read Dr. Jamison's complete blog post [...]

On Big Tech, antitrust, and the House Judiciary Committee majority staff’s recommendations

The House Judiciary Committee Antitrust subcommittee majority staff’s October 6 report on antitrust and Big Tech might be important if there is a Joe Biden administration or if the Democrats take control of both chambers of Congress. So it is worth digging into what it says, what it misses, and its possible implications. Read Dr. [...]