Author Archives: Meredith Fowlie

The multibillion dollar question: How to spend carbon revenues?

Debates over carbon pricing policies tend to focus on the costs imposed on firms and households. When a carbon tax or cap and trade program is introduced, firms see energy-related operating costs rise, drivers pay (cents) more at the pump, … Continue reading

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Renewable integration challenges create demand response opportunities

The power grid is getting greener. The graph below summarizes EIA projections of U.S. non-hydro electricity generation under different assumptions about greenhouse gas regulations, fuel prices, and technology costs: Source: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=16051 Although there is some debate over whether these EIA … Continue reading

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Will coal exports abroad offset hard-won carbon reductions at home?

When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he set a goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020.  The graph below shows that we appear to be making progress towards meeting this … Continue reading

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Swapping negawatts for megawatts under the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan

If you are embarking on a new weight loss plan, it typically makes sense to pursue a mixed strategy of diet and exercise. If you are working to get your finances under control, you should look for ways to increase … Continue reading

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Chumps or champs? California leads on climate

Governor Jerry Brown, speaking at a Giannini Foundation event last week, summarized California’s dilemma with respect to climate change: “We’re one percent of the (climate change) problem. We have to get other states and other nations on a similar path … Continue reading

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Shipping oil by rail: A modern-day problem of social cost

While environmental groups and other stakeholders have been working hard to delay – if not derail- major pipeline projects like Keystone, oil companies have been working hard to find alternative ways to get their crude oil to market: A single … Continue reading

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On the inefficiency of fuel efficiency standards

Imagine you have just been pulled over for exceeding the speed limit. The officer explains that the penalty for speeding decreases with engine size. Why?  Because it is relatively more difficult for drivers of high performance cars to exercise restraint … Continue reading

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