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?