Big news! If you live in California, Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, or a few other states you may soon have the opportunity to ditch your local investor-owned utility and buy … Continue Reading Is “Community Choice” Electric Supply a Solution or a Problem?
If you’ve installed solar at your home and are now basking in the I’m-saving-the-planet warm glow, you may be in for a splash of ice water. There’s a good chance … Continue Reading Double Counting Virtue
Just before Christmas, an administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission put a shiny package with a big bow under the tree for distributed solar PV companies, and … Continue Reading Billing Tweaks Don’t Make Net Metering Good Policy
Shouldn’t a 2000-square-foot house in San Francisco cost the same as in Omaha? If you answered yes, then time-varying electricity pricing won’t make much sense to you either. And you … Continue Reading If You Like Your Time-invariant Electricity Price, You Can Keep It
“What?” you may be saying “Gas prices are lower than they have been in a long time.” That’s true, even in California, but that just reflects the collapse of world … Continue Reading Why are California’s Gasoline Prices So High?
Back in the “good old days” most customers had no choice about how to buy electricity and a regulator’s life was pretty easy. The utility needed sufficient revenue to cover … Continue Reading The Decline of Sloppy Electricity Rate Making
The California Public Utilities Commission is moving closer to major changes in the steeply increasing-block residential electricity rates that the state has had since the 2000-01 California electricity crisis. This … Continue Reading Winners and Losers from Flattening Tiered Electricity Prices