California has a long way to go if it is going to electrify homes. Two weeks ago a federal court overturned Berkeley’s ban on natural gas in new buildings. According … Continue Reading Three Facts about Electric Heating in California
Addressing some misunderstandings about California’s rate redesign proposals. The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC’s) current proceeding to develop income-graduated fixed charges (IGFCs) for residential electricity bills is getting a lot … Continue Reading Rebalancing Rates for Electrification and Equity
Saving water saves energy. A new study shows a fun way to do so. As the father of a teenager, I appreciate the value of a shower. Positive externalities abound. … Continue Reading Disco Shower or Consumption Shaming?
Even solar losers like me can see a big win in California rate reform. Note: An earlier version of this post reported proposed electricity prices taken from PG&E testimony filed … Continue Reading Who’s Afraid of Retail Electricity Rate Reform?
The regulatory history of automobiles is a cautionary tale for today’s energy regulators. In February the US Treasury announced that the Tesla Model Y would be eligible for a $7,500 … Continue Reading What is a Car?
LEDs are great even if they won’t necessarily result in large net energy savings. LED technology is exploding, enabling entire new categories of lighting. My favorite example is the new … Continue Reading Here Come the Lumens
Behind the meter, we’re ducked. In colder parts of the country, March comes in like a lion. Here in California, March comes in like a duck. Days are often sunny … Continue Reading California’s Duck-Belly Blues