miércoles, noviembre 21, 2007

EEI-ting Your Own Lunch

Edison Electric Institute members have empowered the government to take control of the power industry. They should stop dreaming, work hard to ban regulation and to let the market decide by following Hewlett Packard’s advice of “eating your own lunch.”

EEI-ting Your Own Lunch

By José Antonio Vanderhorst-Silverio, Ph.D.
Systemic Consultant: Electricity

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In the book “Inside the Tornado,” Goeffrey Moore writes “There is no more challenging management task than, as the folks of H-P like to put it, “eating your own lunch.”

The power industry is in the process to be transformed by the information revolution. By hiding behind “native load,” generators and utilities have empowered the government to control the power industry.

In the article All the issues crux of the matter, explaining that government bureaucracy (and state-controlled enterprises are extensions of that bureaucracy) is inherently the worst possible way to solve any problem, Warren Causey writes:

With regard to good ideas dying at the utility/commission staff interfaces, I don’t disagree at all. In fact, I consider that as proof of the argument in my original post, and as both the crux of the issue and the fly in the ointment of Dr. Silverio’s, and other bloggers’, restructuring proposals. My educational training actually is in history and that’s why I consider this a fascinating time-period in which to live.

Over the last couple of generations, the U.S. has become increasingly socialist (regardless of the party in power) and people increasingly expect the government regulate everything and solve every problem. The issue with that is that government bureaucracy (and state-controlled enterprises are extensions of that
bureaucracy) is inherently the worst possible way to solve any problem. You can ask the Russians what a long, slow dive into an empty swimming pool feels like. Of course don’t pay to much attention to what they say because now they seem intent on climbing, dazed, back up onto the board and trying it again.

When you introduce government planning into any operation at any level of government (local planning commissions and their interventions into private property are a nightmare) and remove or distort economic incentives, you produce a horse designed by a committee—it looks a lot like a camel. Add politics (most state regulators are elected and national politicians’ raison d’etre is to get elected regardless of the consequences) and the possibility of allowing free markets to work out problems via trial-and-error disappears.

EEI membership should take serious consideration to the EWPC articles EEI California Dreamin’, To EEI: “Let's Ban Regulation,” Starting in Ohio and “Let the Market Decide” in Ohio.