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Time-Variant Pricing 101: All Electricity is Not Priced Equally

January 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Electricity Pricing

Utilities and regulators have made great strides in promoting renewable energy, increasing the efficiency of the power grid, and reducing pollution. But customers can be part of the solution by better managing their use of electricity, especially during those times when it is most expensive and dirty to produce.[read more]

Untapped Incentives for Energy Efficiency Projects

December 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Energy Project Incentives and Support

As an EDF Climate Corps fellow back in 2013, one task that was of particular interest to me was figuring out how to help my host organization fund, in whole or in part, its efficiency upgrades. In my research, the most unique funding source I found was the energy efficiency forward capacity market.[read more]

Several States are Adding or Increasing Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

December 14, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

EV Charging Station State Support

During the past few years, several models of plug-in electric vehicles, including battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, have been introduced in the light-duty vehicle market, but are limited in driving range. Charging infrastructure is crucial to the success of these kinds of vehicles.[read more]

This Graphic Illustrates the Energy Efficiency Problem Created By Split Incentives

August 6, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Split Incentives

When someone else is paying, doesn't it make you want to consume more? Perhaps you order that fancy dessert when your friend takes you out to dinner. It's easy to keep consuming when you don't have to pay the full cost. And that's exactly what people who don't have to pay their utility bills do as well.[read more]

New York Offers $285M in Demand Reduction Incentives

May 10, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $285 million will be available in the form of rate incentives to decrease demand by up to 125 megawatts in New York City and Westchester, the county just to the north of the city, using combined heat and power systems.[read more]


How Far Can States Go In Supporting Renewable Energy?: Part II

May 8, 2014 by Ari Peskoe

States and Renewables

Two Federal courts of appeal are currently considering whether incentives for new generation provided by New Jersey and Maryland are preempted by Federal regulation of PJM’s wholesale markets. Decisions in these cases will have implications for States’ renewable energy policies.[read more]


Can Canada Achieve Emission Reduction Targets By Incentivizing Electric Car Adoption?

November 15, 2013 by Anand Srinivasan

EV Incentives and Canada

Canada is among the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. The country is also seeing terrific growth in the sale of fuel driven cars. Can the country meet its Copenhagen Accord target to reduce emissions by 17% by 2020?[read more]

California Energy Incentive Programs: 20/20 Vision

October 22, 2013 by Lucas Davis

California 20/20 Vision

During the summer of 2005, California households could have received a 20% discount on their electricity bills if they reduced their summer electricity consumption by 20%. Programs like this have a nice intuitive appeal, but they also have an enormous problem.[read more]

Cleantech: Bad Incentives For Green Choices

July 9, 2013 by Severin Borenstein

Green Consumer Choices

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 address some of the same goals.[read more]

How Hard is it to Integrate Renewable Energy into the Electric Grid?

July 3, 2013 by Sean Casten

Renewables and Electric Grid

EEI said that incentives paid to renewable energy will jeopardize grid reliability and electricity costs. Enviros have responded that this represents nothing more than the utility industry’s naked self interest. Who’s right? I’d suggest neither.[read more]

In Need of a Nudge? Carbon Tax and Making Polluters Pay

May 2, 2013 by Gernot Wagner

Nudges are the best kinds of policy interventions: minimum intrusion, maximum freedom of choice, maximum relative impact. But one area in which this idea comes up short is global warming. That solution would be making polluters pay.[read more]

New Jersey Passes 1GW Solar Energy Milestone

March 22, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

solar energy in New Jersey

New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities announced this week it has joined a prestigious renewable energy club, becoming the third US state to pass the 1-gigawatt mark in total installed solar capacity.[read more]

Thailand: Where Environmentalism Rules, Sort Of

March 20, 2013 by Gernot Wagner

Bangkok traffic

Recently, I spent a month in Thailand and was struck by how ordinary Thais simultaneously embraced and ignored environmentalism. On the one hand, few Thais recycle, but virtually every home uses CFLs.[read more]

Why Might Novozymes Oppose My Biofuel Incentive Proposal?

September 19, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Rewards for Performance, Not Over-Hyped Promises I recently wrote a post detailing some steps that I believe should be taken to improve the nature of how we provide incentives for biofuels: How to Fix the Broken Cellulosic Ethanol Incentive System. My proposal is like a feed-in-tariff for next generation biofuels. The highlights are that...[read more]

Will Australia Get A Carbon Tax in 2011?

July 6, 2011 by Barry Brook

Australia is set to introduce a carbon tax (details to be released on Sunday 10 July 2011). This post is the place to discuss this policy — the good and the bad. A description, from the Australian Parliamentary Library: A carbon tax is a tax on energy sources which emit carbon dioxide. It is a pollution tax, which some economists favour...[read more]