Electric Deregulation, California Style by David Morris Institute for Local Self-Reliance March 10, 1998 – published in St. Paul Pioneer Press The $210 billion national power market is undergoing radical changes, in no small part due to the efforts of California. Two years ago California decided to allow customers to choose their electricity supplier. The decision … Read More
Utility Merger Frenzy Isn’t Healthy by David Morris August 27, 1996 Once upon a time in America, both political parties damned giant monopolies. At the turn of the century, Republican President Teddy Roosevelt used anti-trust laws to battle concentrated corporate power. His favorite target was the energy industry. In the 1930s Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt helped … Read More
This book by David Morris (first published in 1983) was the first how-to book published after Congress ended the 100-year-old monopoly by utilities on the generation of power. The book examines the technical and economic aspects of four small scale power technologies (photovoltaics, wind power, hydropower and onsite cogeneration) and offers advice on how to negotiate a contract for sale of on-site power to local utilities.… Read More
The 1974 oil price shock led to a need for basic energy education. This energy primer explained the different forms of energy and explained how to convert different energy units (e.g. Btus, kWhs, gallons, therms). Tables provided the annual energy useage of various household electrical appliances and the efficiencies of various forms of transportation. The report ended with an energy quiz, with both questions and answers (a typical question, "How many miles per gallon does an average bicyclist get?"). This 1974 booklet is by David Morris and Gil Friend.