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?
In case you missed it, a recent investigative piece in the LA Times unearthed the shocking fact that California retail electricity prices are high, about 50% higher than the national average. … Continue Reading Breaking News! California Electricity Prices are High
There are lots of government policies that economists like to roll their collective eyes about and use as examples of bad incentives in economics textbooks. In many cases these policies … Continue Reading Does Anyone Really Know How Much Electricity Goes into Cars?
What will be the fate of California’s cap and trade system for GHG? This is an issue that has been flying under the radar nationally, given the hullabaloo about carbon taxes … Continue Reading Looking for Environmental Certainty in All the Wrong Places
These are strange times for competitive power markets in the United States. Baseload power plants, many of them nuclear, are reportedly struggling to stay out of the red. About 10 … Continue Reading Is US Climate Policy Killing Nuclear Power?
I work at UC Davis, a University with at least two (that I know about) centers devoted to research “aimed at developing a sustainable market for plug-in vehicles.” I run … Continue Reading Economists are from Mars, Electric Cars are from Venus
I am frequently asked why people seem to dislike economists so much. It’s a complicated question to answer. There are lots of reasons, many represented in the comments section of … Continue Reading How Can Zero (net energy) be a Hero?