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Bzzzt, wrong. There is no such thing as an "electricity market."

Of course there is. By definition. If you buy electricity from any supplier you pay a market price.

You appear to mean an Exchange. And no, there isn't one, for retail customers anyway.


A megajoule/square meters double standard, in other words, with 100 % reserve requirements.

What on earth are you talking about?

Proportional Units - eg billionths - in Pools of land/location rentals will change hands in exchange for whatever buyers and sellers agree, and by reference to whatever value standard they wish to use, fiat or energy.

If a location rental is charged by a community in respect of land of which they have custody then what are essentially local Treasury branches would be in a position to issue redeemable credits based upon this rental.

It's not difficult to value land/location rentals. You should know, the Danes have been doing it for years.

So it's not difficult to manage the issue of Units redeemable in location rental value.

And it really isn't difficult either to manage the issue of Units redeemable in energy by (say) a renewable energy producer or any other producer, come to that. A damn site easier than attempting to measure carbon dioxide emissions.

Both of these would be currencies backed 100% by value. They are consensually acceptable, or not, and are not imposed by fiat.

The key point is that Units of location rentals, and Units redeemed in renewable energy, or out of energy saved, both allow value to be received now in exchange for Units to be redeemed later with intrinsic value created at nil cost.

Unlike units of fiat currency, which is redeemable for......more fiat currency with no intrinsic value.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Tue Jul 14th, 2009 at 08:38:50 PM EST
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  1. Your definition of "market" is not one that appears in any economic school of thought that I am aware of. (Discounting the Austrians, who make a point of claiming that every private enterprise operates on a competitive market. Because in theory another enterprise could start up and challenge them, so they have to behave as if they were actually competing. Yes, the Austrians are insane, that's why I'm discounting them.)

  2. Fiat currencies are backed by real value: The control of the economic production by the state, and the ability to leverage said control into taxes. The easiest way to realise that there is something substantial backing fiat money is to look at a country in which there is nothing substantial backing the fiat currency, whether because the state is too weak to effectively tax the economy (think a dollarised flag of convenience country) or because the local economy has ceased to exist (think Zimbabwe).

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 02:19:33 AM EST
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1/ A market is defined by the transactions entered into.

So the electricity market consists of the sum of all electricity transactions.

These may be one to one (Peer to Peer): one to many; many to many and so on.

In the electricity "market" there are "sub-markets": including a wholesale market (entered into on specific wholesalemarket terms) and a pretty fragmented retail market. There is competition (sometimes) between wholesale distributors, and retail customers may buy at an agreed price from distributors for an agreed period.

There is typically no homogeneous "market price". Whatever the price a buyer has agreed for his physical supply, he would - if the supplier is a member of the Pool I propose - be able to pay in fiat currency, in Units, or in anything else acceptable to the seller. (eg Tesco Points).

2/ Fiat currencies are backed by the power of the State to collect taxes.

The State is one of a chain of credit intermediaries, and like all intermediaries, redundant. The State as a facilitator and service provider is another issue.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 04:52:22 AM EST
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