Michael Roberts

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 …

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 …

Michael Roberts Receives Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Quality of Research Discovery Award

UHERO congratulates Michael Roberts, recipient of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Quality of Research Discovery …

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What a Difference a Rate Makes

By Michael Roberts UHERO’s Energy Planning and Policy Group has been writing about how variable …

Incentives for the Utility

By Michael Roberts *This post follows up on two previous installments in the Sustainable Energy …

Embrace Policy Experiments for Demand Response

By Michael Roberts *This post follows up on the previous post in the Sustainable Energy …

falling costs of alternative energy

Four Years to Improve Renewable Energy

By Michael Roberts Without the debt-ceiling hijinks of earlier years, the federal budget bill passed …