Michael Roberts

Research Driven Energy Policy

By Carl Bonham, Makena Coffman, and Michael Roberts Hawaii is in the midst of transforming …

oahu's residential electricity prices and growing fixed costs

Net Metering Agreements in Hawaii

By Makena Coffman and Michael Roberts In Hawaii, like most U.S. states, households installing rooftop …

Balancing Opportunities and Costs in Hawaii’s Increasingly Green Grid

Hawaii’s tourism-dependent economy and oil-fired power plants make it the most oil dependent state in …

Do Energy Efficiency Standards Hurt Consumers? Evidence from Household Appliance Sales

We examine the effect of energy efficiency standards on the clothes washers market using a …

Who Really Benefits from Agricultural Subsidies? Evidence from Field-level Data

If agricultural subsidies are largely capitalized into farmland values then expanding support for agriculture may …

Electricity price, sales and oil price

Up to $100 Million in Monthly Electricity Savings for Hawai’i After Oil Prices Plummet

By Karl Jandoc and Michael Roberts As of January 12, the Brent Crude Price was …

Natural gas and crude oil prices

Liquefied Natural Gas: A cleaner fossil fuel that’s cheaper than oil and pairs well with renewable energy

By Sherilyn Wee and Michael Roberts Spurred by low natural gas prices and a maturing …

Managing a Grid with Green Energy

By Michael Roberts The calculator in the last post shows that installing solar is an …

The Costs and Benefits of Installing Solar PV

By Michael Roberts Renewable energy presents many new challenges at the system level. Before we …