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.
Vice President’ Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States last week focused attention on the Chinese economy. NPR’s Talk of the Nation, for instance, featured Rob Gifford, the China editor … Continue Reading The Rising Chinese Middle Class
This past Wednesday, Michael Boskin, Stanford economist and chair of the Council of Economic Adivisors under Bush 41 had an op-ed on green jobs and industrial policy in the WSJ. … Continue Reading Bad Energy Policy from Both Ends of the Political Spectrum