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
Not if you can remember the world before COVID. In 1960, gasoline cost $0.31 per gallon. Isn’t it outrageous that it costs more than $0.31 today? If you think that’s … Continue Reading Is Gasoline Becoming Unaffordable?
One very small public utility in the Sierras tries to implement more cost-based rate design. Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District – by some measures, the smallest electric utility in California … Continue Reading The Little Utility that Could?
Every energy source has soft costs, some more than others. That doesn’t make them unfair. Here’s a fun party game next time you are hanging out with distributed generation folks. … Continue Reading Soft Costs are Real Costs
When it comes to electrification, all energy prices matter. While a lot of behavior that harms the environment is due to misguided libertarianism or selfishness, much of it also comes … Continue Reading Decarbonization Will Require Pricing Reform
Sort of. More expensive, less well timed, grid-intensive energy efficiency. Here in California, rooftop solar has been in the news quite a bit lately, as net energy metering and other … Continue Reading Is Rooftop Solar Just Like Energy Efficiency?