Rising global incomes will drive increased global adoption of air conditioning. Sales of air conditioners have exploded worldwide over the last few years, driven by middle-income countries where households and … Continue Reading Air Conditioning and Global Energy Demand
I live in the northern end of the Silicon Valley and here EVs and Plug-in hybrids are everywhere. From Tesla P85s to C-Max Energis – it’s what the cool kids … Continue Reading The Economics of EV Charging Stations
There’s a lot of talk in California these days about imposing fixed monthly charges on residential electricity bills. The large investor-owned utilities in California have small or no fixed charges, … Continue Reading What’s so Great about Fixed Charges?
California is finally talking seriously about changing the way utilities price electricity for residential customers. In particular, as a result of recent legislative actions, the CPUC now has some flexibility … Continue Reading Rationalizing California’s Residential Electricity Rates
I found yesterday’s NY Times article on the shifting politics of renewable energy morbidly fascinating on both a political and economic level. Basically the article pieces together anecdotes of odd-couple … Continue Reading The Politics of Renewable Energy
An aptly named picture – the “duck graph” – is captivating the California energy policy world. It depicts electricity demand net of projected renewable generation (“net load”) on a representative … Continue Reading What’s the Point of an Electricity Storage Mandate?