Recent research questions a widely held belief. (This post is co-authored with Kenneth Lee and Edward Miguel.) The head of Swedfund, the development finance group, recently summarized a widely-held belief: … Continue Reading Does Solving Energy Poverty Help Solve Poverty? Not Quite.
20% of industrial consumers adopted a new energy efficiency software tool. If you had asked me 10 years ago where I thought there were more opportunities for energy efficiency improvements … Continue Reading Are We Promoting the Right Kind of Energy Efficiency?
One book digs into a scandal, another refuses to discuss one. Back in October, I was worried that I wouldn’t have many energy books to review this year. But thanks … Continue Reading 2017 Energy Books
A recent working paper shows that insights from behavioral economics help explain consumers’ choices in a demand response program. Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economics last month, making … Continue Reading Another Victory for the Behavioral Economists
A new paper uses machine learning and finds savings, but much lower than projected. Almost five years ago, California voters passed Proposition 39, which closed a corporate tax loophole and … Continue Reading Energy Efficiency in Schools – How Are We Doing?
A recent event highlights the difficulties setting baselines for demand response programs. It’s starting to feel like fall. In Berkeley, we are sensitive to subtle changes, but there was a … Continue Reading The Problem with Demand Response
A 1974 American Electric Power advertisement claim rings hollow today. There was a lot of breaking news during the summer of 1974. Watergate was in full swing, culminating in President … Continue Reading An Unlikely 1970s-Era Environmentalist