Despite recent hyperbole, U.S. heating fuel prices are not high by historical standards. I wasn’t reading a lot of energy news during the 1973-74 oil crisis, but I can’t remember … Continue Reading Are U.S. Heating Fuels Becoming Unaffordable?
Don’t forget about the 11 million U.S. households that heat with these fuels. U.S. households are bracing for high winter heating bills. While it isn’t as bad as what’s going … Continue Reading The Geography of Heating Oil and Propane
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
New Energy Institute paper asks what the “electrify everything” movement could mean for natural gas customers who are left behind. (Today’s post is co-authored by Catherine Hausman, an associate professor … Continue Reading Who Will Pay for Legacy Utility Costs?
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