Electricity

Electricity in Transition: Renewables in Developing Countries

The energy sector is undergoing a major transformation, becoming more decentralized and more interactive than ever before. Growing numbers of...

Winners and Losers in the Shale Gas Boom

Society is accruing a large economic benefit from the shale gas boom. While more evidence is needed to calculate the costs of the externalities associated with techniques such as fracking, those costs would need to be very large to justify preventing this new technique.

Opt-In, Opt-Out Options Vie for Top Billing in Efforts to Reduce Electricity Use

A 2011 pilot program found that when customers opted-in to electricity rates that vary by time of day, they reduced their peak-hour electricity use.

Raise the Roof: Comparing Cost Savings from Efficient Roof Upgrades

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers compare the 50-year net savings for white and “green” (vegetated) roofs, which are displacing conventional black roofs in the US building sector.

The Cost of Wind Energy: Tradeoffs between Energy Storage and Transmission

New research finds that transmission costs must be at least $600/MW-km and energy storage must cost at most $100/kW h in order for wind energy storage to be economical.

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.

Does Taxing Carbon Level the Playing Field for Wind Power?

Raising the cost of dirty power through carbon taxing won’t necessarily cure our addiction to gas and coal

FITs and Starts: Getting Renewable Power to the Grid

FITs and Starts: Getting Renewable Power to the Grid

A researcher evaluates two lesser-known methods to spur renewable energy production. He finds them wanting.

The Car, the Refrigerator, and the World’s Booming Demand for Energy

The world is flat. Almost. But not quite.