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Air Conditioning and Global Energy Demand

Sales of air conditioners have exploded worldwide over the last few years, driven by middle-income countries where households and businesses are buying air conditioners at startling rates. My colleagues Max and Catherine have written about China, for example, where sales … Continue reading

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Building Codes That Work

If I got a dollar each time someone says that California’s energy efficiency codes have led to significant decreases in electricity consumption, I could buy a Tesla to help reverse that trend. In the halls of power, climate regulators discuss … Continue reading

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Better Yellow Labels

Information provision is a key element of energy-efficiency policy. Just think of the ubiquitous yellow EnergyGuide labels, which are required by law to be displayed on all major appliances sold in the United States. This information is supposed to help consumers make better decisions. … Continue reading

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Dynamic Electricity Pricing

For most things people purchase – like toothpaste, books, and televisions – prices don’t change over the course of the day:  Consumers pay the same price regardless of whether they buy it at 8am, 2pm or 10pm.  Residential households in … Continue reading

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Cooling China And Then Some.

Since my dissertation writing days I have been interested in forecasts of China’s greenhouse gas emissions. I am clearly not the only person interested in this topic, yet we environmental/energy economists have something to contribute on top of the excellent … Continue reading

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Air Conditioning and Energy Demand in India

The massive electricity outage in India several weeks ago reminded me of a striking graph I saw recently. I have a soft spot in my heart for graphs. A picture is worth a thousand words, or a thousand data points, … Continue reading

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