(Today’s post is co-authored with Alex Chun, who just received his MBA at Haas and is an alumnus of our Cleantech to Market class. Alex is the Business Intelligence Manager … Continue Reading A Deeper Look into the Fragmented Residential Solar Market
Policies that subsidize the demonstration of large-scale technologies make economists queasy. Severin explored this topic in a recent blog. In retrospect it’s easy to point to failures, including the United … Continue Reading Is Clean Coal Too Expensive?
Recently I have been spending a lot of time thinking about global fuel subsidies. The most extreme example is Venezuela, where gasoline costs only 6 cents per gallon. That’s not a … Continue Reading Global Gas Guzzlers
Sure, I’d like to see a tax on gasoline that reflects its greenhouse gases emissions. If we can’t or won’t do that, then maybe subsidies for electric vehicles can imperfectly … Continue Reading Bad Incentives For Green Choices
Indonesia has been in the news this week for taking an important step in the right direction with energy pricing. Prior to last week, Indonesia had some of the lowest … Continue Reading A Step in the Right Direction for Indonesia
Nearly all the money has been spent, and the California Solar Initiative is winding down. The direct CSI subsidy for installing PV panels on your house, which started at $2.50 … Continue Reading The California Solar Initiative is ending. What has it left behind?
This figure plots gasoline prices for 44 countries. These are domestic consumer prices including all relevant taxes and come from a survey administered November 2012. I have excluded countries with fewer than 25 million people, but if … Continue Reading Price at the Pump Worldwide