New working paper by Steve Cicala documents large changes in how Americans use electricity. This is an important turning point for the United States. We have a long road ahead. … Continue Reading Four Facts about Covid and U.S. Electricity Consumption
Climate change, economic recovery, and the 2020 election. If you are climate-concerned, the past four years have been tough sledding. The Trump administration has been busy holding up federal policies … Continue Reading There’s a Lot Ridin’ on Biden
A thought experiment suggests how much rooftop solar could reduce transmission and distribution costs. California and other locations are moving to renewable energy at high speed. But even in these … Continue Reading What Can Distributed Generation Do For the Grid?
The U.S. cannot afford four more years of pandering to coal. Never has climate change felt so real as waking up two weeks ago to orange skies, darkened by the … Continue Reading Time to Vote Out Coal
Let’s get the electricity sector ready for a world with a very different climate. My phone has been ringing off the hook this week. Well, my phone does not have … Continue Reading It’s Climate Change, Stupid
Smart load limits could help to keep the lights on through California’s wildfire season. Today’s post was co-authored with Duncan Callaway. California’s 2020 wildfire season is off to a blazing … Continue Reading Smart Meters, Dumb Blackouts?
Rising electricity demand from air conditioning will exacerbate problems during heat waves. The Bay Area has definitely felt dystopian recently. Our Covid cases are high, we’ve had heat waves and … Continue Reading Are There More Blackouts in California’s Future?