A fictional book about a US-wide power outage and books about local and global politics. 2020 has been a year like no other, even in the domain of energy … Continue Reading 2020 Energy Books: Apocalyptic and Political
Income-based monthly fees could address affordability while reducing distorted electricity rates. California leaders tout their pathbreaking initiatives to address both the climate crisis and economic inequality. But the way we … Continue Reading Reinventing Fixed Charges
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
A Biden presidency could use new tools to increase the efficiency of appliances. In our last apartment we had a classic GE refrigerator. As a card-carrying, energy nerd, I pulled … Continue Reading The Weakening of Energy Efficiency Standards
How have CO2 emissions and energy use changed over the last 3 years and 9 months? It feels like there’s been breaking news every few hours recently. To counter that, … Continue Reading Energy and Climate Trends Since President Trump’s Election
California is dreaming of a fossil-free transportation future. Smart choices and economic analysis are needed to bring it within reach. Frustrated by the setbacks, plagues, and stresses of 2020, I … Continue Reading The Road to 100% Zero-Emission Cars
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?