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Are the Benefits to the Weatherization Assistance Program's Energy Efficiency Investments Four Times the Costs?

October 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

The urgency of climate change demands solutions that work. So, a clear-eyed assessment of how well policies and programs perform is critical, no matter the results. Using rigorous evidence to inform policy design and implementation is the only way to ensure that we effectively confront climate change.[read more]

Wind Energy Output: Clearing the Air

January 15, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

Wind Output Analysis

Loss of output from wind turbines as they age is roughly in line with that from other technologies. Looking at an earlier claim that deterioration is much more rapid than this provides useful lessons for spotting erroneous results that could distort policy debates.[read more]

Can Electric Vehicles Be 'Environmental Villains'?

December 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

EVs and the Environment

Researchers found in a new study assessing the life cycle air quality impacts on human health of 10 alternatives to conventional gasoline vehicles “that electric vehicles (EVs) powered by electricity from natural gas or wind, water, or solar power are best for improving air quality."[read more]

Cost-Benefits Analysis of Utility-Scale Energy Storage is Promising

November 6, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Utility-Scale Storage Analysis

I recently read a white paper by Chet Lyons of the Energy Strategies Group performing a cost-benefits analysis of utility companies purchasing battery storage systems vs. simple cycle gas-fired combustion turbines (CT). These CT systems are typically used to regulate peaking capacity.[read more]

A New Approach to Valuing the Benefits and Costs of Distributed Energy Resources

September 30, 2014 by Ryan Katofsky

Distributed Energy Resources

For "Reforming the Energy Vision" (REV) program to be successful, utility regulators need a new framework for benefit-cost analysis (BCA) to accurately assess the full value of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and to compare it to traditional solutions.[read more]

What are the Benefits and Costs of EPA's Proposed CO2 Regulation?

June 23, 2014 by Robert Stavins

On June 2nd, the EPA released its long-awaited proposed regulation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing sources in the electricity-generating sector. The regulatory (rule) proposal calls for cutting CO2 emissions from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.[read more]

How Much Should You Pay for LEDs and CFL bulbs?

February 6, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Energy Efficient Bulbs

As the incandescent bulb is gradually phased out in many countries around the world homeowners need to get familiar with CFLs and LEDs. In today’s post I want to dig deeply into just how much you should actually be paying for those bulbs.[read more]


What's More Productive: CO2 Sequestration or Ocean Heat Sequestration?

November 12, 2013 by Jim Baird

Sequestration Effectiveness

Ocean thermal energy conversion replicates the events that have lead to the climate change hiatus and in the process offer the potential to produce at least the amount of energy we are currently deriving from fossil fuels.[read more]

Extraction Vs. Upgrading

November 12, 2013 by Andrew Leach

If you had a given amount of capital to spend in the oil sands, would an oil sands mine alone or an integrated project with an upgrader generate the largest value-added return on investment, including total wages, royalties, taxes, and profits, and how would these be distributed?[read more]


Nuclear Power, Simply Put

September 11, 2013 by Robert Hargraves

The case for the benefits of advanced nuclear power, in twelve sentences, including the facts that nuclear power plants generate power less expensively than wind or solar power plants, and that nuclear power plants are safer than other power plants, in this article.[read more]


Five Benefits of Solar Energy

July 27, 2013 by Steve Wright

Solar Energy Benefits

Although some form of solar power has been available for decades, the technology has only recently gained mainstream acceptance. On a per-kilowatt basis, solar power remains expensive. Nevertheless, its overall cost continues to shrink at a rapid rate.[read more]

Energy Risk: Cost/Benefit Analyses of Nuclear Requirements

July 19, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

Cost/Benefit on Nuclear Energy

Examining what is really needed to bring down nuclear energy’s costs, allow it to grow in the future, and contribute to reductions in CO2 emissions and air pollution.[read more]

Win-win means bad cost benefit analysis

January 19, 2010 by Tim Haab

From The government is expected to unveil a new program in the next couple of months that if approved may reimburse homeowners for up to half the cost of making their homes more efficient, but don't start shopping for new kitchens just yet. My finely tuned econo-nonsenses are sensing a jobs claim coming. Homeowners will...[read more]

The costs (and benefits) of climate change policy -- without all the hoopla

November 30, 2009 by John Whitehead

If you are tired of all of the nonsense about the recent climate nonsense (SuperFreakonomics, Climategate) and want to read something reasonable about climate change economics, try the latest CBO Economic and Budget Issue Brief [PDF] titled “The Costs of Reducing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions.” If you aren’t into 12 pages of summary of...[read more]

Costs and Benefits

May 16, 2008 by RyanAvent

Over at Grist, Lisa Heinzerling, a Georgetown law professor, has written an essay arguing against the embrace of cost-benefit analysis by environmentalists. She suggests that environmentalists enjoy nature in a very concrete and reverential manner that cannot be captured by economic analysis.: These values are foreign to the cost-...[read more]