Could California’s ambitious zero carbon electricity policy make it harder to cut greenhouse gasses overall? Sometimes two ideas that seem joined at the hip end up butting heads. A couple … Continue Reading 100% of What?
(This post is co-authored with Catherine Wolfram and Derek Wolfson, Energy Institute PhD student researcher) Microgrids are difficult to implement and can be undermined by promises of grid expansion. Nuclear … Continue Reading Are Solar Microgrids the Future in the Developing World?
A new paper shows a convincing causal link between local air pollution and the incidence of dementia. Those of us old enough to remember credible analysis underlying serious attempts at … Continue Reading The Mental Cost of Air Pollution
Setting prices too low is a climate problem, but so is setting prices too high. We didn’t hear much about electricity pricing at last week’s Global Climate Action Summit in … Continue Reading The Electricity Price Isn’t Right
A funny thing happened on the way to repealing fuel economy standards—program benefits went up. As the summer winds down and the school year reboots, I’m trying to finish up … Continue Reading Rebound’s Role in Trump’s Fuel Economy Rollback
(Today’s post is co-authored by Catherine Hausman, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and Ph.D. graduate of UC Berkeley.) New Energy Institute study finds that U.S. oil and … Continue Reading Are Oil and Gas Executives Overpaid?
Many Community Choice Aggregators are marketing clean energy by simply rearranging where existing low-carbon electricity goes. Change is potentially afoot for me this November, and I’m not talking about the … Continue Reading What Are You Getting If You Buy Clean Electricity?