California has a long way to go if it is going to electrify homes. Two weeks ago a federal court overturned Berkeley’s ban on natural gas in new buildings. According … Continue Reading Three Facts about Electric Heating in California
LEDs are great even if they won’t necessarily result in large net energy savings. LED technology is exploding, enabling entire new categories of lighting. My favorite example is the new … Continue Reading Here Come the Lumens
Wholesale electricity prices in California this winter were the highest in a decade. We normally think of summer, not winter, as the most challenging time for the California electricity market. … Continue Reading A Very Expensive Winter
A wild recent day for oil prices demonstrates OPEC’s enduring influence. Last week Saudi Arabia announced that it will reach $300+ billion in government revenues for 2022. Oil prices were … Continue Reading Oil Price Fluctuations and the Power of OPEC
The United States and China are going in the opposite direction on coal. I’m a little surprised by the optimism in this week’s “World Energy Outlook 2022” from the International … Continue Reading Putting China’s Coal Consumption in Context
Wholesale electricity prices soared during California’s September heat wave. Hot, hot, hot! What a way to start September, with record high temperatures across California, and what a test for the … Continue Reading How High Did California’s Electricity Prices Get?
With rising adoption, nearly 90% of American homes have air conditioning, but almost 30% in California are still without it. And, once again, the U.S. is gripped by sweltering heat … Continue Reading How Many U.S. Households Don’t Have Air Conditioning?