Energy efficiency world views collide. There are two dueling, strongly held, views on the definition of energy efficiency. The idea of energy efficiency, at least to economists, is to overcome … Continue Reading How Much Electricity Consumption Is Too Little?
First consumers “Cut the Cord.” Now will they “Plug the Pipe”? It’s getting cold outside. Of course that’s the moment that all furnaces take a turn for the worst. Mine … Continue Reading Electricity Makes a Run at Home Heating
A funny thing happened on the way to repealing fuel economy standards—program benefits went up. As the summer winds down and the school year reboots, I’m trying to finish up … Continue Reading Rebound’s Role in Trump’s Fuel Economy Rollback
Even my favorite colleagues can’t agree. When you listen to conversations between energy economists about pretty much anything, it often feels like an episode of Debbie Downer. We find something … Continue Reading How Local Should Your Energy Retailer Be?
Temperature loggers can help us build more energy-efficient homes. One billion (yep, 1,000,000,000) new homes will be built worldwide by 2025. How do we make homes that will stay cool … Continue Reading Big Data in a Little Package
Though imperfect, Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards have made US cars go farther on a gallon of gas. Customers line up to buy gasoline in San Jose, California, on March … Continue Reading Does CAFE Work?
A nuanced look at politicians’ favorite policy tool. Everyone likes a puppy. You get a puppy you’re immediately in love. You never want to get rid of it. Puppies also … Continue Reading Subsidies and Puppies.