Converting an investor-owned utility to a non-profit is no silver bullet. Wildfires, possibly sparked by electrical lines, are still burning here in California, and there is no rain in the … Continue Reading Would Non-Profit Utilities Cure What Ails California Electricity?
In 1960 only 2% of U.S. homes were heated with electricity. Today it’s 38%. U.S. households burn vast amounts of fossil fuels on-site for home heating: 2.7 trillion cubic feet … Continue Reading Electrification? We Are Already On The Way
A new paper helps us measure how “unequal” electricity rates are. If you go to a kid’s birthday party, it’s usually not the size of the birthday cake that matters … Continue Reading Using Energy Prices to Redistribute Income
A randomized controlled trial demonstrates the importance of providing financing for energy-efficient appliances in Kenya. On one of my first trips to Nairobi, Kenya, our local research assistant took me … Continue Reading Closing the Energy Efficiency Gap for Low-Income Households
Some simple spreadsheet math suggests the outage cost about 100,000 MWh. What does that mean in $$? There’s been a lot of discussion about the potential economic losses due to … Continue Reading Measuring the Economic Costs of the PG&E Outages
Government needs to be more hands-on when it comes to keeping the lights on and shutting them off. Last week more than 700,000 homes and businesses, customers of Pacific Gas … Continue Reading Northern California Goes Dark
It will still be a headache, but doing a few simple things now can help. It looks like PG&E is going to shut off power in large parts of the … Continue Reading Some Suggestions for Getting Through a Power Shutoff