Friday, January 23, 2015

Google could become a wireless carrier. Here’s what that means for you. - The Washington Post

 January 22 at 9:29 AM
The company hasn't confirmed anything, but reports suggest that Google wants to offer its own brand of cellular service by partnering with Sprint and T-Mobile, the nation's third- and fourth-largest carriers, respectively. This means you'd buy minutes and data from Google, but it would all ride over the other two companies' pipes.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Smart, Angry Home - The New Yorker

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When Ashley was named as the wastrel, her imaginary roommates were incensed, rating their anger as a 5.19, on average. They were likelier than their counterparts in the other groups to favor some form of punishment; nearly a third said that they’d ask Ashley to pay a larger share.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

EPA delays landmark climate rule | TheHill



The EPA now plans to finalize its rules for newly built power plants, existing plants and modified plants at the same time — in mid-summer, the agency said Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Energy Efficiency Financing Tools For Cities And Governments

January 6th, 2015 by Zachary Shahan 
The report breaks down the various financing tools local governments can use to stimulate more energy efficiency upgrades according to whether or not they are market-based tools or financing tools that come directly from local governments. The first category includes: equipment lease financing, energy performance contracts (EPCs), energy services agreements (ESAs), and metered energy efficiency transaction structures (MEETs). The second category includes: energy efficiency investment corporations (EEICs); energy efficiency loan programs; loan loss reserves, interest rate buy-downs, and loan guarantees; property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing; on-bill repayment and financing; tax increment financing; and property tax abatements.

Friday, January 2, 2015

A strike against rent-seeking - George Will

George Will
Published Jan. 1, 2015


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The next big turning point in the net neutrality debate - The Washington Post

 December 30
On Tuesday, industry associations representing smaller telecom companies and start-ups asked the FCC to apply Title II of the Communications Act to Internet providers. Title II has become a key flash point in the net neutrality debate; advocates say that part of the law, which also governs more traditional telephone service, would give the FCC the strongest possible powers to make sure Internet providers treat all Web traffic equally. Opponents argue Title II is unnecessary and could deter Internet providers from spending money on further network upgrades.

Here’s how far every Tesla Model S can go on a single charge - The Washington Post

 December 30 at 5:46 PM
Most actual drivers aren't going to get anywhere near the kind of fuel economy described in the far left part of the chart above; you're just not going to be driving at 40 miles an hour on flat highways all the time. In EPA tests, the company came away with results more in the 200- to 300-mile range.

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