I thought I knew the answer, but now it’s not so clear. U.S. households and businesses use a whopping 11.5 quadrillion BTUs of energy annually for heating and cooling, about … Continue Reading Will Global Warming Increase or Decrease U.S. Energy Consumption?
Proposal to subsidize coal and nuclear reverses 20 years of regulatory restructuring. The EPA’s recent moves to euthanize the Clean Power Plan (CPP) have generated a lot of news. However, … Continue Reading To Save Coal, Will Trump Kill Electricity Competition?
A new paper uses machine learning and finds savings, but much lower than projected. Almost five years ago, California voters passed Proposition 39, which closed a corporate tax loophole and … Continue Reading Energy Efficiency in Schools – How Are We Doing?
A recent event highlights the difficulties setting baselines for demand response programs. It’s starting to feel like fall. In Berkeley, we are sensitive to subtle changes, but there was a … Continue Reading The Problem with Demand Response
Energy demand dropped during Hurricane Harvey. Could energy efficiency keep it low? During a significant portion of my childhood, if you wanted to find me after school you needed to … Continue Reading Transforming Energy Use in the Wake of a Natural Disaster
Solar gets all the attention, but another explanation is at least as important. Even during extreme promotions like “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, it is rare to see anything sold … Continue Reading Is Solar Really the Reason for Negative Electricity Prices?
A 1974 American Electric Power advertisement claim rings hollow today. There was a lot of breaking news during the summer of 1974. Watergate was in full swing, culminating in President … Continue Reading An Unlikely 1970s-Era Environmentalist