As EVs make more inroads, giving tenants somewhere to plug in their cars could become a selling point. Americans have now purchased more than 800,000 electric vehicles, counting both plug-in … Continue Reading Apartments Rarely Have Charging Stations. But Electric Vehicles Need Them
Even my favorite colleagues can’t agree. When you listen to conversations between energy economists about pretty much anything, it often feels like an episode of Debbie Downer. We find something … Continue Reading How Local Should Your Energy Retailer Be?
A recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision illustrates the complicated dance between states and the federal government on climate policy. According to some energy aficionados, natural gas is the “blue … Continue Reading It’s Not Easy Being Blue
What major league baseball can and cannot teach us about air pollution impacts. I am not a follower of major league baseball. I can’t tell you who’s up this season. … Continue Reading Air Pollution Inside Baseball
DST can coordinate societal shifts to better use daylight…but at a cost. You would think most states have more pressing issues to confront these days, but legislation on the measurement … Continue Reading What Does Daylight Saving Time Really Save?
An opportune moment to revisit a pair of prescient studies by Michael Cohen and coauthors. A couple of months ago I wrote a blog post called “Why Am I Paying … Continue Reading Does Rooftop Solar Help the Distribution System?
Why Californians are getting gouged at the plug. The summer driving season is underway. We’re hearing a lot about the high cost of gasoline, nationally and in California. In relative … Continue Reading The Cost of Filling Up the Tank with Electricity
Are we now trying to kill coal by banning trade? This has been an eventful week on and off the court (Go Warriors!). The executive branch of the government is … Continue Reading Energy Trade Wars
Progressive fines for traffic violations may make economic sense. I cross a busy intersection on one of my regular jogging routes. I have been nearly run over numerous times by … Continue Reading Should Rich People Pay Higher Speeding Tickets?
GHG policy leadership and technology development matters, but such claims deserve scrutiny. I get it. Economics is not the only thing that drives a state’s energy and climate policy. Nor … Continue Reading Try Everything? Really?
California is embarking on a serious carbon weight loss plan. The graph below tracks ambitious GHG emissions reduction targets through 2050 and our progress to date: Source: EIA Annual emissions … Continue Reading Are California’s Global Carbon Emissions Declining?
What the Solar Rooftop Standard has to tell us about our climate policies. If you follow this blog, you are probably already aware that last Wednesday, the California Energy Commission, … Continue Reading Lessons in Regulatory Hubris
Temperature loggers can help us build more energy-efficient homes. One billion (yep, 1,000,000,000) new homes will be built worldwide by 2025. How do we make homes that will stay cool … Continue Reading Big Data in a Little Package
Does a program to subsidize used electric vehicles make sense? I was recently informed that my electricity will no longer come from PG&E, but from a community choice aggregator (CCA) … Continue Reading Rebates for Electric Clunkers?
Vietnam, a leading indicator for the rest of the developing world, has seen tremendous growth in per capita energy consumption. During a recent family vacation in Vietnam, I learned that … Continue Reading Good Morning Vietnam, Energy-wise
Can reducing your carbon footprint make any difference when you’re carbon capped? My friend is fixing up her kitchen on a budget. She’s a think-global-act-local type. She’s concerned about climate … Continue Reading Carbon Markets, Waterbeds, and You