Friday, April 6, 2012

Energy Fun in the . . . Wind

While much of the legal news this week has been devoted to revisiting the early 19th Century debate about the various roles of our branches of government, I thought it might be time for a bit of levity.  To that end, below are several fun / cool / interesting resources related to energy and energy law and policy I've recently come across.  Check them out:

  • A gorgeous, real-time map of wind in the continental U.S.

  • Green Button, an effort backed by the Obama administration to give consumers access to detailed information about energy consumption in their own homes

  • Elizabeth Wilson's very cool Energy and Environmental Policy page on Facebook - definitely worth watching

  • A great visualization of load pockets, and how they drive prices up due to transmission constraints

  • Pecan Street, which, among other things, is developing a fascinating data set of household consumption use throughout the day and by appliance type (spoiler: "It's all about the A/C," as Pecan Street's Brewster McCracken says)

-Lincoln Davies

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Lincoln -- great stuff here. I have an article coming out in Harvard Environmental Law Review on 'Smart Regulation and Federalism for the Smart Grid," which looks at Green Button, Pecan Street and others in the context of the public-private effort to set technical standards for the Smart Grid. Happy to send anyone a draft offline.

Posted by: Joel Eisen | Apr 6, 2012 2:15:03 PM

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