Scott's Blogs

The Power of Pot

20 APRIL, 2017 The legalization of marijuana has been increasing rapidly across the United States, and with that, it has increased demand for other products, such as Cheetos and surprisingly, electricity. Many farmers prefer to grow indoors to maximize the growing...

Is A Strong Regulator Anti Free Market?

8 MARCH, 2017 I am a free market loving person who generally believes that government regulation constrains economic growth. I also believe that utility commissioners in traditionally regulated states need to be strong, decisive, non-passive regulators to truly...

Missouri: Stuck in the Middle With You

2 MARCH, 2017 As I was reviewing the latest figures from the US Energy Information Association (EIA) about which states consume and spend the most on electricity per capita, I did what everyone does when they look at a list … they scan for their name or state. I...

Without Energy, How Would Super Heroes Get Their Powers?

Attention all comic book and super hero lovers, this podcast is for you.  Commissioner Rupp and the #1 ranked Pinball Player in the state of Missouri (and Chief Utility Economist for the MO PSC), sit down to discuss the impact of the energy industry on the creation of...

Cleaner Coal Plants: Two New Approaches

19 JANUARY, 2017 Last week the Petra Nova coal plant came online just outside of Houston, TX. The plant captures carbon dioxide from the process of coal combustion and then pipes it from the plant to the West Ranch oil field 80 miles away, where the carbon dioxide is...

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