Free the Energy Producers

In its never ending quest to expand government power, the Chronicle calls for Texas legislators to re-regulate the state’s electricity providers. Electrical deregulation, the paper tells us, has not been economically beneficial to consumers:

Light bills in areas such as Austin and San Antonio, where service continues to be regulated, are lower. In deregulated areas […]

Misrepresentations, Fallacies, and “Deregulation”

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 1, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

It is summer in Texas and that means that it is time for the annual chorus of voices decrying “deregulation” of the electric industry in the state. As an example, Bay Area Houston (BAH) declares that “Electricity deregulation has […]

Killing Innovation in Electric Retailing

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on April 6, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

In his Sunday column, Loren Steffy does something I have yet to see an elected official do: He admits that the “deregulated” electric market in Texas is heavily regulated. And, though unintentionally, he demonstrates how regulations directly harm producers, […]

The Myth of Deregulation

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on February 17, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

It is not uncommon for the enemies of capitalism to throw out a flurry of “facts” that demonstrate the alleged shortcomings of the free market. Taken out of context, these claims might appear to be true. For example, it […]