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Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts of All Time

This has been a record-breaking year for the Energy Institute at Haas Blog as readership has continued to grow. We’re proud that so many of you have come back week after week.

We publish fresh, timely content to start each week, but in many cases the content stays relevant for years. This year a New York Times column by Eduardo Porter referenced a 2013 post by Catherine and pushed it to #1 in our rankings.

We’re looking forward to engaging with you even more in 2017. Many nations are committing to tackle climate change like never before. Meanwhile, we face unprecedented uncertainty and potential reversals in US energy and climate policy. Thoughtful, independent economic research and analysis will be more important than ever. Through the Energy Institute at Haas Blog we strive to bring that kind of insight directly to practitioners and researchers like you.

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And now, here’s the countdown of all-time top 10 Energy Institute blog posts.

#10 “Real” Electricity Still Comes from the Grid
Home solar users in Kenya have not leapfrogged the grid.
by Catherine Wolfram
January 19, 2016


6222453924_7492197980_b#9 It Just Doesn’t Add Up
Why not building Keystone XL will likely leave a billion barrels worth of bitumen in the ground.
by Maximilian Auffhammer
March 24, 2014


Three converted Prius Plug-In Hybrids charging at San Francisco City Hall#8 The Economics of EV Charging Stations
We need more charging stations and electricity that is not free.
by Maximilian Auffhammer
March 16, 2015


19360685906_178744fce3_b#7 The Politics of Renewable Energy
Where facts are arguments and arguments are facts.
by James Bushnell
January 26, 2014


duck_curve#6 The Duck has Landed
Renewables integration strengthens the case for regional coordination.
by Meredith Fowlie
May 2, 2016



Solar_panels_on_house_roof_winter_view#5 Rationalizing California’s Residential Electricity Rates
It’s time to ditch bad pricing policy from the California electricity crisis.
by Severin Borenstein
September 29, 2014


china#4 Air Conditioning and Global Energy Demand
Rising global incomes will drive increased adoption of air conditioning and electricity consumption.
by Lucas Davis
April 27, 2015


SmartMeter2#3 What’s So Great about Fixed Charges?
All fixed costs don’t justify fixed charges.
By Severin Borenstein
November 3, 2014


TopazSolarFarm#2 Is the Future of Electricity Generation Really Distributed?
Incentives that are tied to real benefits will let us find out.
By Severin Borenstein
May 4, 2015



#1 What’s the Point of an Electricity Storage Mandate?
Why look to electricity storage before giving incentives for load shifting?
By Catherine Wolfram
July 29, 2013



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Andrew Campbell is the Executive Director of the Energy Institute at Haas. Andy has worked in the energy industry for his entire professional career. Prior to coming to the University of California, Andy worked for energy efficiency and demand response company, Tendril, and grid management technology provider, Sentient Energy. He helped both companies navigate the complex energy regulatory environment and tailor their sales and marketing approaches to meet the utility industry’s needs. Previously, he was Senior Energy Advisor to Commissioner Rachelle Chong and Commissioner Nancy Ryan at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). While at the CPUC Andy was the lead advisor in areas including demand response, rate design, grid modernization, and electric vehicles. Andy led successful efforts to develop and adopt policies on Smart Grid investment and data access, regulatory authority over electric vehicle charging, demand response, dynamic pricing for utilities and natural gas quality standards for liquefied natural gas. Andy has also worked in Citigroup’s Global Energy Group and as a reservoir engineer with ExxonMobil. Andy earned a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and bachelors degrees in chemical engineering and economics from Rice University.

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