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April 28, 2013

The Energy Utility Industry and the Local Optima

Over the last several years, I have been taking classes and doing reading in decision-making and problem-solving.  One of the things one learns about in such classes and books is the notion of local optima.  The essence of the idea is that there is a three-dimensional (at least!) landscape of possible “solutions” to a given … + read more

March 26, 2012


If you are reading this blog, if you are an involved stakeholder of energy utilities, then I assume you likely have knowledge about energy and energy utilities.  Some of you, however, may not know much about systems in the sense that I intend to use them.  This will serve as a short introduction. There are … + read more

February 9, 2012

Limits to growth

Within the last few weeks, two news items caught my attention. The first item related to the proposed elimination of some of the United States’ nuclear arsenal. One of the states affected by the removal of the weapons and, presumably personnel and economic activity associated with maintaining them, was complaining bitterly about the proposed action … + read more

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