We screened Scott Tinker’s documentary Switch last night during the Energy Institute’s annual week of Energy Camp. For the novice, the film provides an educational and entertaining tour of the energy frontier. … Continue Reading Switch Energy Project
In Tokyo, where I traveled recently, protestors thronged the sidewalks outside the Prime Minister’s office as he agonized over re-opening two of the country’s 54 nuclear power reactors—they’d been shuttered … Continue Reading Nuclear Safety
Catherine and I have an essay in today’s Wall Street Journal on innovations in business models and practices in the energy industry. The essay is part of a WSJ Special Report on Innovations in … Continue Reading A Whole Different Kind of Innovation
Alberta’s tar sands—or, as pitchmen prefer to call them, oil sands—are to transportation as cow dung is to cooking: a dirty way to reach a goal. Cleaner alternatives, like LPG … Continue Reading Don’t Hate the Pipeline: Hate the Fuel—Or Better Yet, Tax It.
Current bonding requirements insufficient for environmental risks from hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing and other recent technological advances have dramatically increased the availability of natural gas, providing large benefits to the U.S. … Continue Reading Bonding Requirements for Natural Gas Producers
Catherine has a thought-provoking article in Bloomberg Business Class today on how small adjustments to our energy infrastructure can have an immediate, large-scale impact on the battle to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. EMB
Some people dream of winning the lottery. Other people dream of getting triple sevens at a slot machine in Vegas. Empirical economists, on the other hand, dream of hitting a … Continue Reading Rallying Around the U.S. Energy Information Administration
Sometime later this week the owners of the Seaway pipeline will announce that they’ve completed the first stage of reversing the flow of oil on the line and have started … Continue Reading The Midwest Oil Glut Hasn’t Lowered Gas Prices; Ending the Glut Won’t Raise Them
Amidst all the political noise on speculation in oil futures markets, some serious researchers have written useful blogposts and op-eds pointing out the lack of evidence that speculation is a … Continue Reading Speculation is not the cause of high oil prices
Ex post analysis of Mexico energy-efficiency program shows energy savings much smaller than predicted. Supporters of energy-efficiency policies argue that they are a “win-win”, helping to reduce energy expenditures while … Continue Reading Free Lunch?
Southern Nevada, where I vacationed recently during my kids’ spring break, provides a stroll (actually, 75 MPH drive) through U.S. electric power generation history. First, there’s Hoover Dam, the nearly … Continue Reading The Lunch Table: More than Just Casinos in Southern Nevada
I have a fantasy. I want a cool looking electric car, that gets 50+mpg and is not outrageously more expensive to buy and operate than a VW Golf when driven 12,000 miles … Continue Reading Marginal vs. Average Generation: The Case of the Electric Car
At the Energy Institute lunch table, we talk about energy efficiency almost daily. If you buy that 12 mpg SUV you better have a good reason for it. This is … Continue Reading The Lunch Table: Peer Pressured into Efficiency
The blogosphere has been lighting up with news and commentary on OPOWER’s recent announcement that they are pairing up with Facebook to let people share information about their home energy … Continue Reading Generalizing from Energy Program Evaluations
Occasionally, we will post informal commentaries based on the lunch-time conversations around our conference table. Some may wander into marketing, engineering, politics, or psychology, but they’ll always be focused on … Continue Reading The Lunch Table: Are Apples Really More Energy Efficient Than Dells?
March 11th marked the one year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986. Fukushima is a poignant reminder of the … Continue Reading The Death Knell for Nuclear Power in the U.S.