If we don’t also get electricity rates right, closing one perverse incentive may just increase another. I want to begin this week’s blog by saying how great it is to … Continue Reading Can Net Metering Reform Fix the Rooftop Solar Cost Shift?
Power outages, distributed generation, and energy’s role in the pandemic topped this year’s list. This year has been profoundly challenging. A global health crisis and the impacts of measures to … Continue Reading The Most Read Energy Institute Blog Posts of 2020
Climate change, economic recovery, and the 2020 election. If you are climate-concerned, the past four years have been tough sledding. The Trump administration has been busy holding up federal policies … Continue Reading There’s a Lot Ridin’ on Biden
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
A thought experiment suggests how much rooftop solar could reduce transmission and distribution costs. California and other locations are moving to renewable energy at high speed. But even in these … Continue Reading What Can Distributed Generation Do For the Grid?
Rising electricity demand from air conditioning will exacerbate problems during heat waves. The Bay Area has definitely felt dystopian recently. Our Covid cases are high, we’ve had heat waves and … Continue Reading Are There More Blackouts in California’s Future?
Customers can help avoid blackouts if they are given better information and prices. Even if you don’t live in California, you probably heard about the rotating power outages we had … Continue Reading Why Don’t We Do It With Demand?