Author Archives: Meredith Fowlie

Vehicle Emissions Testing Where the Rubber Hits the Road

What do pro cycling, education reform, and vehicle emissions standards all have in common?   source ,  source , source Cheating scandals is the flip answer. But a more fundamental connection is summed up by “Goodhart’s law” which predicts that, once a measure becomes … Continue reading

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Are the Benefits to the Weatherization Assistance Program’s Energy Efficiency Investments Four Times the Costs?

Today’s post is co-authored by Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago) and Catherine Wolfram (UC Berkeley) Faculty Directors of The E2e Project. As featured in the New York Times For Government That Works, Call In the Auditors The urgency of climate … Continue reading

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Are We Over-Air Conditioned?

Air conditioning  made lots of headlines this summer. In newspaper accounts, internet memes, and office gripe sessions, there was much commiseration about the over-air conditioning of the American workplace…. Someecard Source It seems no one is spared from these polar working … Continue reading

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Membership has its Co-benefits

Last week marked the first “informal ministerial consultations” in the run up to the UN climate talks in December. The objective of these informal meetings before The Meeting is to provide the opportunity to find common ground and an organizing … Continue reading

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Do Residential Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver?

Today’s post is co-authored by Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago) and Catherine Wolfram We recently released a paper presenting the findings of a first-of-its kind, randomized controlled evaluation of the returns to some common residential energy efficiency investments. The study’ … Continue reading

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How Should Distributed Generation be Distributed?

Growth in the residential solar market continues apace. In the United States, residential solar PV installations last quarter were up 11 percent over the previous quarter: Source: http://www.greentechmedia.com/research/ussmi The figure  illustrates this impressive growth rate (in dark blue). However, this is … Continue reading

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Subsidizing renewables for the damage not done

In this divided age, few topics beyond motherhood, apple pie, and the iPhone 6 enjoy widespread public approval. So it is notable that, in a recent Gallup Poll, two out of three Americans support an increased reliance on solar and … Continue reading

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For energy (and water) conservation, moral suasion is no substitute for getting the prices right

My office light switch recently acquired a little sticker that politely reminds me to turn it off when I leave: Over the past year, an edgy Lawn dude  and an amicable  Bear  have been urging Californians to cut back on … Continue reading

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One university’s attempt to reduce energy waste at work

If you work outside your home, chances are you don’t pay (directly) for the energy you use at work. At my place of work, the UC Berkeley campus, most employees never see – let alone pay – their energy bills. … Continue reading

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Energy efficiency is a tough sell- Even when it is “free”!

Almost two weeks into the New Year, how are those resolutions going? Every year, my long list of resolutions includes several tasks I should be doing but have trouble finding time for, like going to the dentist and installing roof … Continue reading

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