How regulations can steer innovation in strange directions. California’s so-called gasoline car ban has many features that have been overlooked or underappreciated. These include the fact that there appear to … Continue Reading California (Sort-of) Banned Small EVs When it Banned Gasoline Cars
To develop effective solutions, policymakers must first understand the problem. The rest of the US may have moved on from fretting about gas prices, but California is starting 2023 with … Continue Reading What’s the Matter with California’s Gasoline Prices?
The year’s most popular blog posts addressed rooftop solar policy and the path to electrifying homes and transportation. The widespread adoption of solar energy by California households led the state’s … Continue Reading Top 10 Blog Posts of 2022
A wild recent day for oil prices demonstrates OPEC’s enduring influence. Last week Saudi Arabia announced that it will reach $300+ billion in government revenues for 2022. Oil prices were … Continue Reading Oil Price Fluctuations and the Power of OPEC
Co-authored with Mark R. Jacobsen, James M. Sallee, and Arthur A. van Benthem – Exhaust standards drove 99% declines in vehicle emissions, but still need scrap incentives for old vehicles. … Continue Reading Are Vehicle Air Pollution Standards Effective, Efficient, and Equitable?
A new study suggests excess compensation to shareholders is costing ratepayers billions. Regulating an electric or gas utility is a tough job. You want utilities to have the funding they … Continue Reading What Does Capital Really Cost a Utility?
Heat pumps are cool. When new refrigerant regulations take hold, they’ll be much cooler. Today’s post is co-authored with Duncan Callaway. Geez, it’s hot. We’ve been sweltering through record-high temperatures … Continue Reading Fighting Climate Change with Heat Pumps