Energy

Not All Regions Are Alike: Evaluating the Effect of Oil Price Shocks on Local and Aggregate Economies

Using a sample of 48 contiguous U.S. states for the period 1973-2013, we study how …

Who are Driving Electric Vehicles? An analysis of factors that affect EV adoption in Hawaii

This study uses data on EV registrations by zipcode in Hawaii to analyze a variety …

Performance Incentive Mechanisms

A Pocket Full of PIMs

By Michael Roberts In the arcane parlance of utility regulation, PIMs are “Performance Incentive Mechanisms.” …

Variable Pricing and the Cost of Renewable Energy

On a levelized-cost basis, solar and wind power generation are now competitive with fossil fuels, …

AAA Bond Rating Sign

Should regulators fear bond-rating agencies?

By Michael Roberts It seems that our political and administrative leaders worry about the bond …

Determinants of Residential Solar Photovoltaic Adoption

Hawaii is a leader in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) adoption. It has the highest rate …

Residential Battery Systems and the Best Time to Invest A case study of Hawaii

Battery storage is a complementary technology to intermittent renewable energy sources. In particular, it pairs …

Hawaii’s Electricity Generation Portfolio, 2016

Bringing together energy and climate change policy

By Sherilyn Wee We hear a lot about Hawaii’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) which requires …

Governing Green Power: Realigning Institutions To Fit New Technologies

The “Governing Green Power” conference was held in Honolulu at the University of Hawai`i at …