What do record natural gas prices tell us about cost risks of fossil and renewable energy? Much of the US and Europe are breathing a collective sigh of relief as … Continue Reading The West Coast’s Bleak Energy Winter
To develop effective solutions, policymakers must first understand the problem. The rest of the US may have moved on from fretting about gas prices, but California is starting 2023 with … Continue Reading What’s the Matter with California’s Gasoline Prices?
Proposed CPUC decision remains cold-eyed about sweet deal solar households are getting. Once again, Californians are battling over how to compensate and incentivize rooftop solar. Last month’s California Public Utilities … Continue Reading Rationalizing Compensation for Rooftop Generation
Historical baseline allocations can increase acceptance of emergency policies, or lock in unfair resource allocations. The price of a good may rise because inputs to making it become more expensive, … Continue Reading A Right to Keep Consuming?
A new study suggests excess compensation to shareholders is costing ratepayers billions. Regulating an electric or gas utility is a tough job. You want utilities to have the funding they … Continue Reading What Does Capital Really Cost a Utility?
Our new research suggests clean electricity standards or subsidies might be more beneficial. Today’s blog post is co-authored with Ryan Kellogg. Some economists and policy advocates present a carbon tax (or … Continue Reading Is Taxing Carbon Really the Best Way to Decarbonize the Grid?
Eliminate the tax now. Replace it with one that ratchets up when the price of oil falls. While elsewhere in the country drivers express outrage at $5 gas, Californians are … Continue Reading A Gasoline Tax Compromise for California