Lessons from the Texas Energy Crisis
March 26, 2021
As unprecedented winter weather swept across Texas, starting Saturday February 13th and continued into the following week, the Texas grid and market monitor — the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) — was forced into extreme circumstances including planned, rolling blackouts for consumers. These blackouts are both a physical grid issue and market design issue. The existing crisis in Texas highlights the complexities of maintaining a reliable energy system under ever increasing extreme weather stress.
Exporting Censorship and Internet Sovereignty
January 15, 2021
The West and China have two different, competing views of the internet based on the values the two government systems promote. The West, led by America, largely values democratic rule, freedom of speech, freedom of association, religious liberty, and the ability to communicate with others free from unreasonable, unwarranted government surveillance. Because of its communist government, China eschews those freedoms, placing the ethereal terms “state security” and “social stability” as some of its principle values.
The Case for a New Federal Elections Governance Agency
November 19, 2020
The preliminary results of the 2020 U.S. general elections unfortunately demonstrated that election administration officials at the state and local level across the United States faced a tremendous onslaught of challenges and attacks against a basic function of democracy: the ease for voters to cast a ballot