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
Reaching into the e-mailbag to address some unhappy blog readers. There is a serious energy and climate policy debate about the appropriate role of behind-the-meter generation, particularly rooftop solar, in … Continue Reading Myths that Solar Owners Tell Themselves
Political rhetoric from both sides is more distracting than enlightening. Being an energy economist isn’t as glamorous as it looks. As with any expertise, it takes thousands of hours to … Continue Reading What’s the Matter With Gasoline Prices?
Is cryptocurrency the magical Texas route to resource adequacy? Or just magical thinking? Of all the proposals to avoid another Texas electricity crisis like February 2021, surely the most outside-the-box … Continue Reading Crypto Mining for a More Stable Grid?
A more effective way to help struggling families, without undermining climate goals. You may have heard the growing talk in Washington DC and state capitals of temporarily suspending federal and … Continue Reading Cut the Electricity Tax, not the Gas Tax
The goal should be equitably saving the planet, not growing one industry. California’s residential solar policy may be on the cusp of major change. In mid-December, the California Public Utilities … Continue Reading California’s Misguided Rooftop Solar Debate