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Executive Director, Western Power Trading Forum.

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Americans Should Make Room For Third-Party Candidates

by Gary Ackerman, Larry Diamondvia The Washington Post
Thursday, March 3, 2016

The prospect of a White House run by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has reignited a critical debate about whether it’s possible for an independent to be elected president of the United States.

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States Raise Proficiency Standards In Math And Reading

by Paul E. Peterson, Gary Ackermanvia Education Next
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

In this paper we extend the five prior analyses by identifying the changes in state proficiency standards between 2011 and 2013, the last year for which the relevant information is available. We show that many states have raised their proficiency bars since 2011. Overall, 20 states strengthened their standards, while just 8 loosened them. In other words, a key objective of the CCSS consortium—the raising of state proficiency standards—has begun to happen.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Electricity Deregulation

with Gary Ackerman, Frank A. Wolak, Carl Woodvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, December 13, 2000

In 1996, California began the process of deregulating its electric utilities, a process closely watched nationwide, as twenty-five other states also move toward deregulation. The results thus far in California: A power crisis—electricity shortages, rolling blackouts, utilities on the verge of bankruptcy, and rising rates for customers. Was utility deregulation just poorly managed in California or are the electric utilities fundamentally different than industries that have benefitted from deregulation, such as airlines and telephone? Will the California power crisis bring the national movement toward energy deregulation to a halt or not?