Cashier in the Coal Mine

Thomas Edison's Dynamo

Coal is still the primary fuel used for generating electricity worldwide with a market share of 36.7%.  In the U.S., coal’s share is 21.8%, which ranks second to natural gas at 38.3%.

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Energy Reality vs. Wishful Thinking

Reality vs. Wishful Thinking

In reality, electricity from solar and wind (renewable energy) can supplement energy from fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, coal). But thinking it can replace fossil fuels is wishful thinking. Why? Because renewables are intermittent (sporadic). Solar panels generate electricity about 30% of the time on average. But they may not generate any electricity for days. Same for windmills.

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Virtuous Madness

Energy Madness

The U.S. also has energy shortages, but they haven’t caused electricity rationing yet. Just higher prices for electricity, gasoline, natural gas, food, and other essentials. Mississippi is also infected with the madness.

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Carbon To the Rescue?

Inflation 2022

Inflation is all the rage today, or at least the cause of today’s rage.  Whether it is filling up your gas tank or your grocery cart, the pump and barcode price shocks are breathtaking.

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Another Utility Hustle

Sunflower County Solar Farm Entergy Experiment

The Mississippi Public Service Commission purports to regulate utility monopolies including Mississippi Power and Entergy Mississippi. But the PSC actually shills for them.

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More Lessons From Germany

More Lessons From Germany

The Germans have learned that green energy from windmills is not reliable. And that depending on Russia for reliable natural gas backup is expensive – and not all that reliable either.

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The MPSC, Green Energy and Grand Gulf

Entergy's Grand Gulf

Once again, we encourage the Mississippi Public Service Commission to do its job: assure reliable affordable electricity for Mississippi customers.  It’s supposed to make Entergy Mississippi and Mississippi Power do this … But the MPSC listens to the utilities and to the Public Utilities Staff which “balances” the interests of customers and utilities.  No one speaks just for customers.

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Natural Gas Rocks the World

Natural Gas Price Discovery

Price discovery is a critical component of free market economies.  It is how entrepreneurs, businesses and investors identify risks and opportunities as they allocate capital to both avoid pitfalls and exploit new developments across the economy. Some price changes are transitory, others are secular.  And at rare times, price moves can indicate disruptive innovation.  In the commodities market, wise analysis of price signals can be the difference between success and failure.

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