A fictional book about a US-wide power outage and books about local and global politics. 2020 has been a year like no other, even in the domain of energy … Continue Reading 2020 Energy Books: Apocalyptic and Political
How have CO2 emissions and energy use changed over the last 3 years and 9 months? It feels like there’s been breaking news every few hours recently. To counter that, … Continue Reading Energy and Climate Trends Since President Trump’s Election
Rising electricity demand from air conditioning will exacerbate problems during heat waves. The Bay Area has definitely felt dystopian recently. Our Covid cases are high, we’ve had heat waves and … Continue Reading Are There More Blackouts in California’s Future?
Ghanaians were promised heavily subsidized electricity for the first three months of the pandemic. What happened? Today’s post is co-authored with Susanna Berkouwer, Pierre Biscaye, Miranda Lambert and Steve Puller.) … Continue Reading Subsidizing Electricity During a Pandemic: Lessons from Ghana
Preliminary survey results from California suggest that long outages are leading people to buy backup generators, possibly instead of rooftop solar. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a very bright light … Continue Reading Electricity Outages Lead to Substantial Backup Generator Purchases
A utility bill moratorium could put extra money into the pockets of business owners and households during the pandemic. Utility services – like electricity, water and natural gas – are … Continue Reading Can We Stop Paying Utility Bills for a Bit?
Does an electricity connection help the very poorest households? To many people, connecting rural households to the electricity grid in places like Kenya seems like a great way to help … Continue Reading Electrification and the Poverty Trap