Energy & Environment

Storage Wars: Can Wind and Solar Afford Grid Energy Storage?

Stanford researchers consider life cycle assessments of wind and solar technologies to determine whether they can afford the energetic costs associated with grid-scale energy storage deployment.

Pakistan’s Economy: Fighting More than One War

Pakistan’s top economist, Dr. Mushtaq Khan, talks about the economy’s struggle with the war on terror, energy crisis, and fiscal mismanagement.

Behind Public Opinion: What Makes Hydraulic Fracturing Controversial

Understanding individual perceptions can help explain public opinion polls about hydraulic fracturing.

Developing Efficiency: Why energy efficiency gains in China may not be fully realized

The rebound effect, which measures the increased demand for energy from increasing energy efficiency, is found to be strong in Chinese urban residential electricity use.

Conditional Demand Analysis: A cheap and effective approach to modeling residential energy usage

The statistical technique of conditional demand analysis allows Canadian researchers to cheaply estimate residential appliance savings and help policymakers structure behavioral and technological conservation programs.

Flipping the Script on What Causes City Green Initiatives

Researchers find new data that contradict their previously held belief that cities push for community-wide green sustainability programs for their cost-saving benefits.

The UK Climate Change Act is a Story of Political, Not Environmental, Sustainability

An analysis of the UK Climate Change Act demonstrates the importance of the political landscape in assessing the stability of climate change policies.

Japan’s Highly Energy Efficient Transportation Sector: Is It Possible for the US to Replicate?

A new study compares transportation sectors in the US and Japan, suggesting that potential crossover for American policymakers is minimal.

Discounting Energy Savings: Lessons from Incandescent Light Bulbs

A new study finds that consumers value compact fluorescent light bulbs less than their energy savings would imply.

Should Crop Price Matter When Determining Irrigation Acreage?

A new study attempts to predict demand for water in agricultural regions, allowing a better selection of irrigated acreage and an overall increase in water savings.

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