Unequal access to air conditioning has important implications for productivity, health, and education. (Today’s post is co-authored by Stephen Jarvis, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environment … Continue Reading Air Conditioning and Global Inequality
New Energy Institute paper asks what the “electrify everything” movement could mean for natural gas customers who are left behind. (Today’s post is co-authored by Catherine Hausman, an associate professor … Continue Reading Who Will Pay for Legacy Utility Costs?
Energy efficient air conditioners save electricity exactly when the grid is most strained. Summer is around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere and air conditioning will soon be ramping up. … Continue Reading Can Energy Efficiency Help Avoid Blackouts?
Renters are more likely to have electric heating, electric hot water heaters, electric stoves, and electric dryers. Renters tend to draw the short straw when it comes to low-carbon technologies. … Continue Reading Evidence of a Homeowner-Renter Gap for Electric Appliances
No U.S. state has built as many new homes as Texas over the last decade and most of them use electric heat. There is plenty of blame to go around … Continue Reading The Texas Power Crisis, New Home Construction, and Electric Heating
Electricity is replacing on-site fossil fuel consumption for U.S. home heating, and energy prices explain why. Berkeley was the first, but now more than thirty municipalities in California have enacted … Continue Reading What Matters for Electrification?
New working paper by Steve Cicala documents large changes in how Americans use electricity. This is an important turning point for the United States. We have a long road ahead. … Continue Reading Four Facts about Covid and U.S. Electricity Consumption