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Texas Blackout: Let’s Not “Fire, Ready, Aim”

As has been exhaustively reported, the severe weather event in Texas and surrounding states in mid-February resulted in blackouts across the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region, including blackouts for all but 90 minutes of a 59-hour stretch at … Continue reading

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Electricity auctions: Why didn’t I think of that?

Congratulations to Stanford Professors Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom, who have been awarded the The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2020 “for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.” Their work has led … Continue reading

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There’s more than one way to deal with a duck (curve)

The good news is: solar. The bad news is: uncontrollable rooftop solar. How do we utilize the production of rooftop solar in the middle of the day? This is an especially significant problem for California. The California ISO coined the … Continue reading

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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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