The winning bids in the latest Mexican renewables auctions were below two cents per kilowatt hour. (Today’s post is co-authored with Veronica Irastorza, who is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Goldman … Continue Reading Are Mexican Renewables Really this Cheap?
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?
What’s up with record low renewable energy prices? Policy innovation is key to harnessing renewable energy potential. There’s a revolution happening in the world of renewable energy policy. At last … Continue Reading The Renewable Energy Auction Revolution
Extend effective programs to low income households, but scrap the bad ones for everyone. Energy programs for low-income households are on the chopping block. President Trump’s proposed federal budget would … Continue Reading Bringing Fairness to Energy Programs
Green energy jobs are welcome, but not much help for displaced coal miners. The renewable energy industry and its proponents regularly draw attention to the industry’s job creation potential. For example, the American … Continue Reading Benefiting from Green Jobs
This post is co-authored with Duncan Callaway. Ahhhh Hawai’i, where the waves are big, the beaches are long, and the renewable energy ambitions are large: Source … Continue Reading Renewables Dis-integration?
If you work in electricity markets and someone mentions “missing money,” it doesn’t make you think of a lost wallet or a sticky-fingered bank teller. Instead it evokes regulatory policies … Continue Reading Missing Money
Despite recent challenges, Chile remains an attractive market for grid-scale solar. With the U.S. Federal government pulling back sharply from efforts to address global warming, I’ve found myself looking outside … Continue Reading Four Reasons Why Chile Is the Biggest Solar Market in Latin America
In case you missed it, a recent investigative piece in the LA Times unearthed the shocking fact that California retail electricity prices are high, about 50% higher than the national average. … Continue Reading Breaking News! California Electricity Prices are High
I am living in a very blue state. The graph below charts Google searches for “stages of grief”. The spike in grief-stricken web/soul searching corresponds with- you guessed it- the … Continue Reading Climate Change and the Post-Election Blues
Throughout the Presidential campaign, we’ve been bombarded with catchphrases, such as “Trumped-up trickle-down economics” and “Get ‘em out.” I’ve decided to coin my own catchphrase – “Mickey Mouse mitigation measures.” … Continue Reading Mickey Mouse Mitigation Measures
Utility costs are like taxes. Everyone knows they have to be paid, but most people have a reason that their own share should be smaller. And, just as with taxes, … Continue Reading Who’s Stranded Now?
Energy-efficient air conditioners save electricity during the most valuable hours of the year. (Today’s post is co-authored with Judson Boomhower, who recently received his Ph.D. at Berkeley where he was … Continue Reading Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver at the Right Time?
There is evidence that bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to solar energy projects. Economies of scale suggest large projects would be more cost-effective than small ones. But recently, … Continue Reading The Distribution Grid Has Room for More Solar
May has arrived and days are getting longer and warmer. This is good news for baseball fans, barbecue enthusiasts, and grid operators concerned about integrating unprecedented levels of solar energy … Continue Reading The Duck has Landed
One delightful aspect of teaching an MBA course in energy and environmental markets is getting together with my former students as they pursue careers in the industries I study. I … Continue Reading Is Distributed Generation the Answer to Regulatory Dysfunction?