The transition to new air conditioning refrigerants will involve difficult tradeoffs. Air conditioning (AC) has transformed life in hot and humid countries including the US, Japan and Korea. Over 85 … Continue Reading Weighing Consumer Safety versus Climate Action
With more engaged consumers we may find we need less. It’s a golden age for natural gas in the US. Production is soaring. In 2017 the country became a net … Continue Reading Do We Really Need All This Natural Gas Infrastructure?
Rooftop solar, gasoline price mystery, bike-sharing and more. The Energy Institute Blog plays a unique, and I believe important, role in the energy field. Each week one of our contributors, … Continue Reading 2018’s Most Popular Blog Posts
First consumers “Cut the Cord.” Now will they “Plug the Pipe”? It’s getting cold outside. Of course that’s the moment that all furnaces take a turn for the worst. Mine … Continue Reading Electricity Makes a Run at Home Heating
Investments in charging infrastructure may encourage electric vehicle adoption even more than vehicle standards. Electric vehicles have taken off in the US. In 2017, electric vehicle sales surged by 25%. … Continue Reading Counteracting the EPA’s Tilt Away from Electric Vehicles
Why Californians are getting gouged at the plug. The summer driving season is underway. We’re hearing a lot about the high cost of gasoline, nationally and in California. In relative … Continue Reading The Cost of Filling Up the Tank with Electricity
Transportation agencies need to be prepared before inviting private investment in infrastructure. Last month President Trump released his plan to “rebuild our Nation’s crumbling infrastructure.” While it is not uncommon … Continue Reading Lessons from Utilities for Trump’s Infrastructure Plan