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2018’s Most Popular Blog Posts

Rooftop solar, gasoline price mystery, bike-sharing and more.

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Now, the ten most popular blog posts from 2018:

1. Why Am I Paying $65/year for Your Solar Panels?

700,000 California homes now have solar panels; what does this mean for everyone else’s rates?
by Lucas Davis (3/26/18)

2. California’s Mystery Gasoline Surcharge Continues

It’s time for lawmakers to make the $3 billion per year puzzle a priority.
by Severin Borenstein (2/26/18)

3. The Sharing Economy is Learning How to Ride a Bike

The sharing economy wants to fight congestion and pollution … with bicycles.
by Meredith Fowlie (2/20/18)

4. Lessons in Regulatory Hubris

What the Solar Rooftop Standard has to tell us about our climate policies.
by James Bushnell (5/14/18)

5. What Does Daylight Saving Time Really Save?

DST can coordinate societal shifts to better use daylight…but at a cost.
by Severin Borenstein (7/2/18)

6. The Electricity Price Isn’t Right

Setting prices too low is a climate problem, but so is setting prices too high.
by Severin Borenstein (9/17/18)

7. Bitcoins Should Be Called BTUcoins, and That’s a Problem

Because electricity is not priced optimally, we all pay for excessive Bitcoin mining.
by Maximilian Auffhammer & Catherine Wolfram (1/8/18)

8. Does Solving Energy Poverty Help Solve Poverty?

Recent research questions a widely held belief.
by Catherine Wolfram, Kenneth Lee & Edward Miguel (3/12/18)

9. Does Rooftop Solar Help the Distribution System?

California’s rooftop solar mandate is an opportune moment to revisit a pair of prescient studies by Michael Cohen and coauthors.
by Lucas Davis (6/25/18)

10. Are We Promoting the Right Kind of Energy Efficiency?

20% of industrial consumers adopted a new energy efficiency software tool.
by Catherine Wolfram (1/29/18)




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  1. My students in energy economics at UC Davis Spring quarter may account for some of that 15% increase in readership. Part of their homework during the quarter included reading, summarizing, and looking further into topics on this blog. I appreciate each of your abilities to present complex topics in a way that my students and others can understand. Thank you!

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