Within-household substitution between vehicles could undermine the environmental benefits of EVs. I got interested in how multi-vehicle households use EVs, because — from a carbon emissions perspective– we care not … Continue Reading Three Facts About EVs and Multi-Vehicle Households
Maybe we should be giving rebates to installers rather than households. People generally follow Newton’s first law of motion: they keep doing what they are doing unless acted upon by … Continue Reading The Supply-Side Economics of Residential Electrification
When it comes to electrification, all energy prices matter. While a lot of behavior that harms the environment is due to misguided libertarianism or selfishness, much of it also comes … Continue Reading Decarbonization Will Require Pricing Reform
Sort of. More expensive, less well timed, grid-intensive energy efficiency. Here in California, rooftop solar has been in the news quite a bit lately, as net energy metering and other … Continue Reading Is Rooftop Solar Just Like Energy Efficiency?
California’s distributed solar policy hurts the poor. It really is that simple. California regulators and legislators are diving back into Net Energy Metering (NEM) policies, debating how much customers with … Continue Reading Rooftop Solar Inequity
Energy efficient air conditioners save electricity exactly when the grid is most strained. Summer is around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere and air conditioning will soon be ramping up. … Continue Reading Can Energy Efficiency Help Avoid Blackouts?
Renters are more likely to have electric heating, electric hot water heaters, electric stoves, and electric dryers. Renters tend to draw the short straw when it comes to low-carbon technologies. … Continue Reading Evidence of a Homeowner-Renter Gap for Electric Appliances