News Category: Rhodes

The state of the US solar industry: 5 questions answered

Feb. 14, 2018

Five answers to the state of the solar industry in light of Trump’s imposition on solar panels from abroad.

A Lack of Systematic Thinking Keeps America from Staying Great

Jan. 26, 2018

Our economic system operates within intellectual, social, and physical constraints. Each of these constraints can feedback to affect the others...

Perry Says NOPR; FERC Says Nope (To Propping Up Coal)

Jan. 8, 2018

Today FERC unanimously terminated the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing that had been submitted to the commission by the secretary of energy...

Courts are not the place to resolve scientific debates

Dec. 18, 2017

At a time when science is under continual attack from politics and other sources, the last thing we need is to resolve differences concerning controversial topics in the courts...

UT research shows wind likely to overtake coal in electricity generation on Texas grid

Dec. 18, 2017

The anticipated retirement of several coal-fired power plants, combined with wind capacity additions, will likely mean the total annual amount of electricity produced from wind in Texas’ wholesale market will...

The obscure federal agency that soon could raise your electric bill: 5 questions answered on FERC

Dec. 5, 2017

Energy scholar Joshua Rhodes explains what FERC is and why it has so much power over energy markets and (indirectly) the prices consumers pay.

Stanford Scientist Sues Critics Of His 100% Green Energy Dogma

Nov. 20, 2017

A passionate critic of nuclear energy, Stanford Prof. Mark Jacobson has pulled the nuclear option in trying to use the legal system to defend a controversial paper...

Try As They Might, The Federal Government Can’t Save Texas Coal

Nov. 20, 2017

Vistra Energy recently announced that its Dallas-based subsidiary, Luminant, would be closing two large coal-fired power plants in Texas...

Nuclear and wind power estimated to have lowest levelized CO2 emissions

Nov. 7, 2017

Using data from the Energy Institute’s 2016 Full Cost of Electricity Study, we estimate the levelized carbon intensity for 12 different fuel and technology combinations...

Electricity generated from wind estimated to overtake coal in ERCOT in 2019

Oct. 27, 2017

Recently announced coal-fired power plant retirements and planned wind capacity additions will likely mean the total annual amount of electricity produced by wind in Texas’ wholesale will surpass...