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Applied Optimization book: new and improved!

Last summer, when I was visiting the University of Cambridge to present a seminar, I happened upon the university press bookstore. And what did I find inside? A hardback copy of my 2006 book, Applied Optimization. Even if you are … Continue reading

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Renewable chic and the expense of small-scale solar

This is what I came across recently: a luxury brand store window display of “renewable chic,” where a solar panel, as part of the vignette, is being used to partially illuminate the mannequin. Putting aside the irony that the solar panel itself … Continue reading

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Australia: more competition, affordable prices

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released “Restoring Electricity Affordability & Australia’s Competitive Advantage,” a comprehensive report that analyzes the reasons for very high prices and “sets out 56 recommendations to reset the National Electricity Market, boosting competition, … Continue reading

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Carbon emissions: Why can’t Texas be more like Germany?

Energiewende, German for “energy transition,” was the theme of the “Texas-Germany Bilateral Dialogue on Challenges and Opportunities in the Electricity Market” conference held in Austin in late February. The conference was organized by the German American Chambers of Commerce and … Continue reading

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