Category: Electricity

From black market to black out

20 August, 2012 (13:35) | Cities, Electricity, India, informality, Infrastructure, Utilities |

By:David A. Smith   As much as I explore informality in housing and urban enterprise, readers might conclude that I celebrate it uncritically, but any form of informality has enormous costs, and not just on the informal society, as demonstrated by a recent article from the Christian Science Monitor:   A two-day blackout for half […]

Faster, smarter, cheaper: Part 2, what, me worry?

23 June, 2010 (13:53) | Apartments, Electricity, Energy, Green, Innovations, Metering, Rental, Technology, US News, Utilities |

By: David A. Smith    In yesterday’s post, we were introduced, via a Wall Street Journal article, to a coming attraction in residential property – homes and apartments – very smart meters that enable utilities to price energy (especially electricity) dynamically, charging you more at peak times, less when lower capacity is being used.   […]

Faster, smarter, cheaper: Part 1, why it’s better

22 June, 2010 (13:27) | Apartments, Electricity, Energy, Green, Innovations, Metering, Rental, Technology, US News, Utilities | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith    What’s the price of a hotel room?  Depends on when you want to stay.   Boldly staying where no one stayed before   What’s the price of a tomato or an ear of corn?  Depends on what month it is, and how the crop is doing.   What do they […]