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
The U.S. cannot afford four more years of pandering to coal. Never has climate change felt so real as waking up two weeks ago to orange skies, darkened by the … Continue Reading Time to Vote Out Coal
Electrification mandates for new homes take a long time to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. New housing construction has fallen sharply around the world due to COVID-19. Housing starts are down … Continue Reading Electrification Mandates and Slow Housing Growth
Lowering subway fares would save energy and make cities greener. Subway ridership has fallen sharply around the world due to COVID-19. For most of the 170+ subway systems worldwide it … Continue Reading Five Arguments for Making Subways Free