Author Archives: Elizabeth M. Bailey

From Big Energy Consumption (E) to Lower Energy Consumption (e)

Very little shocks me anymore. But I was shocked – SHOCKED! – to discover that one space in our house which takes up only about 5% of the floor space draws more than 20% of the KWH our house consumes … Continue reading

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California Holds Its Second Cap and Trade Auction: Signs of a Maturing Market

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) held its second auction for greenhouse gas allowances this past Tuesday (Feb 19th).  Severin blogged about his reactions to the first auction held back in November 2012 here. As a quick refresher, in the … Continue reading

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Information Is Power

Like many people, I have a pretty good idea of how much I spend every week on groceries. I also have a pretty good idea of how much many of the grocery items that I buy week in and week … Continue reading

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Getting the Biggest Bang for California’s Energy Efficiency Buck

The State of California is poised to spend nearly half a billion dollars a year in each of the next five years on energy efficiency investments using funds generated from a recently closed tax loophole. Catherine has a terrific OpEd in today’s Sacramento … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls with LEDs

As a parent of two preschoolers, I get talked in to many things.  This past weekend, I was talked in to decorating our front porch with a string of holiday lights. For the pre-tax price of $16.99 at Costco, my … Continue reading

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Dynamic Electricity Pricing

For most things people purchase – like toothpaste, books, and televisions – prices don’t change over the course of the day:  Consumers pay the same price regardless of whether they buy it at 8am, 2pm or 10pm.  Residential households in … Continue reading

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Tesoro’s Acquisition of BP’s Carson Refinery (California Prices at the Pump: Part 2)

Last week I provided my reactions to Senator Feinstein’s letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on market manipulation of gas prices after the Chevron Richmond refinery fire.  Speaking of prices at the pump in California, how will Tesoro’s pending acquisition … Continue reading

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