Author Archives: Andrew Campbell

Benefiting from Green Jobs

The renewable energy industry and its proponents regularly draw attention to the industry’s job creation potential. For example, the American Wind Energy Association reported that the US wind industry supported 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016, a 20% increase … Continue reading

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Risks of Going It Alone

A number of cities recently rang in the New Year with spectacular professional fireworks shows. Some parts of the US also allowed individual consumers to purchase fireworks and put on their own shows. That was the case where I grew … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Proposals to Eliminate Natural Gas from the Fuel Mix Are Premature

Natural gas is commonly called a “bridge” to a low carbon future. Why this metaphor? A bridge crosses over an obstacle, like a river or canyon. The metaphor suggests that transitioning from coal to natural gas for electric generation is … Continue reading

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Evaluating Evaluations – Energy Efficiency in California

Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed a law, Senate Bill 350, that sets out to double energy efficiency savings by 2030. Last week at the Democratic National Convention, Governor Brown focused his remarks on the importance of policies such as … Continue reading

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The Distribution Grid Has Room for More Solar

There is evidence that bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to solar energy projects. Economies of scale suggest large projects would be more cost-effective than small ones. But recently, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) did an analysis of solar … Continue reading

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Our Newest Energy Consumer

We recently added a new member to our family. Since I have a tendency to look at the world through an energy lens, I’ve being wondering, what is the likely energy and climate change impact of our family expanding the … Continue reading

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Could Microgrids Be Big in the US?

Three years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy began forming in the Caribbean Sea. It went on to wallop several Caribbean islands and the Eastern Seaboard. In the US the storm caused an estimated $75 billion in damage. The electricity system … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn from Germany’s Windy, Sunny Electric Grid

Today’s release of the final Clean Power Plan by President Obama ushers in an exciting period of change on US power grids. Wind and solar energy will get a big boost through the plan. The plan recognizes that to sustain … Continue reading

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Is Clean Coal Too Expensive?

Policies that subsidize the demonstration of large-scale technologies make economists queasy. Severin explored this topic in a recent blog. In retrospect it’s easy to point to failures, including the United States Synthetic Liquids Fuels Program that died in the 1980s … Continue reading

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