Real time pricing of electricity may result in major efficiency improvements in the consumption and production of electric power. It can be realized by using current microelectronic technology to implement a dynamic power marketplace, with low entrance barriers and adaptive pricing reflecting the marginal costs of generation. A complex and interrelated set of technical, political, economic, and regulatory questions surround the notion of real time pricing of electricity. They are briefly outlined in this paper. A current bibliography of material relevant to these studies is also included.
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