Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I wonder if statistics exist as to the extent to which firms purchase directly from the spot market as opposed to being supplied by local utilities. This could be a real issue for the Mittelstand, but one that could be solved by working with sectoral associations to create common purchasing on the spot market.

Moreover, I just read an article about the potential to used compressed air storage to time shift the delivery of electricity.  With industrial firms, the door seems to exist for district compressed air lines that directly run machinery.  Again, this points to an associational solution.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Jul 3rd, 2013 at 07:43:15 AM EST
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