Capacity requirements don’t assure reliability when generators can’t get fuel. Texas has gone through a terrible period, President Biden has declared a state of emergency and efforts are continuing to … Continue Reading To Fix the Power Market, First Fix the Natural Gas Market
Do Standards + Investment = Justice? Around mid-December reports emerged that the candidacy of former California Air Resources Board chair Mary Nichols to head the Biden EPA was dead, in … Continue Reading Can Climate Efforts Be the “Everything Policy Store”?
Industry and utility customers should chip in to support the carbon price floor. The Covid-19 crisis has led to all sorts of dramatic changes in lifestyles and economies. The energy … Continue Reading The High Cost of Low Carbon Prices
Energy efficiency world views collide. There are two dueling, strongly held, views on the definition of energy efficiency. The idea of energy efficiency, at least to economists, is to overcome … Continue Reading How Much Electricity Consumption Is Too Little?
Could California’s ambitious zero carbon electricity policy make it harder to cut greenhouse gasses overall? Sometimes two ideas that seem joined at the hip end up butting heads. A couple … Continue Reading 100% of What?
What the Solar Rooftop Standard has to tell us about our climate policies. If you follow this blog, you are probably already aware that last Wednesday, the California Energy Commission, … Continue Reading Lessons in Regulatory Hubris
Proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear reverses 20 years of regulatory restructuring. The EPA’s recent moves to euthanize the Clean Power Plan (CPP) have generated a lot of news. However, … Continue Reading To Save Coal, Will Trump Kill Electricity Competition?