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The Line Between State & Federal Authority: Electricity
Our nation has struggled to define the proper boundary between state authority and that of the federal government since the first vote on independence. In this video, you can see the debate in the first Presidential Cabinet between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton — two talented Founding Fathers — having completely different views. It’s been a struggle ever since, encompassing a Civil War, several Constitutional stand-offs, and indeed it has been the backdrop of almost every US Presidential election.
Is that a Paper Moon?
In this scene from the movie “Paper Moon”, money changing occurs so rapidly that the cashier finds herself unsure what has transpired. The same can happen with transmission in the fast-moving energy market if you’re not careful. WPTF’s excellent chair of our WECC Committee – Caitlin Liotiris addressed a meeting of participants in the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM) about transmission availability in the EIM market. The points she made with regard to the current EIM here (EIM TX) may be even more of an issue as we approach the possibility of a “day ahead” product associated with the EIM.