News Category: Commentary

Fred Beach op-ed: ending ban on crude oil exports makes sense, but might not make much difference

Oct. 30, 2015

Despite the ongoing tussle among refiners and producers about who stands to gain or lose from a lifting of the U.S.’s decades-old restrictions on exporting crude oil, consumers won’t be affected much..

The rising cost of resources and global indicators of change

Oct. 30, 2015

It is practically impossible for us to significantly alter many of the long-term causes of energy and food cost trends, writes Dr. Carey King, assistant director of the Energy Institute, in a new article...

Five myths about coal: Michael Webber in Washington Post

Sept. 29, 2015

Between President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, the pope’s moral pronouncements on climate change, and the abundance of cheap natural gas, there’s not a lot of love for coal...

Avoiding Bias in Debate of Energy Policy: Prof. David Spence on the Roots of Public Disharmony

Sept. 15, 2015

The veracity of sound scientific research eventually drives greater public understanding of energy issues, but first has to overcome deep-seated and pervasive biases that dominate public debate...

The times they are a’changin’ for electric utilities

July 5, 2017

The rapid growth of rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources could soon pose a serious threat to electric utilities’ traditional business model, writes Energy Institute Research Fellow Roger Duncan...

Ten reasons why Trump should support a price on carbon

July 5, 2017

Imposing a price on carbon would inject certainty into the marketplace, spur innovation, simplify a patchwork of state and local regulations, and create a lot of jobs. Enacting legislation that puts a price on carbon...

The link between societal polarization and energy consumption

July 5, 2017

Whether we recognize it or not, physical resource constraints such as the rate of power consumption and the cost of food and energy eventually translate into economic constraints that govern our lives...

Spence: markets alone cannot balance conflicting demands for low cost, environmentally sound, and reliable electricity supply

Feb. 28, 2017

In the 24 states that have deregulated their electricity markets to allow competition, providers have brought down prices while increasing the supply of green energy, says Prof. David Spence...

The old, dirty, creaky US electric grid would cost $5 trillion to replace. Where should infrastructure spending go?

March 17, 2017

The electric grid is an amazing integrated system of machines spanning an entire continent. The National Academy of Engineering has called it one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century...

New research examines investment options for the electric grid of the future

March 31, 2017

The cheapest and likeliest pathway to a cleaner energy future is one that leverages, not duplicates, the existing electric grid and associated infrastructure, writes Dr. Joshua Rhodes in a new article...