self-driving cars

Unpacking a WSJ Op-Ed: Finding the Energy Opportunity in Self-Driving Cars

Allison Donnelly, ERS, for Zondits. May 3, 2016. Image credit: Marc van der Chijs Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by former Obama energy advisor Jason Bordoff entitled, “How Driverless Cars Could End up Harming the Environment.” Among the host of benefits being touted by proponents, one that has been getting increasing […]

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Why the E2e Study Reinforces the Importance of Field Testing & Program Evaluation

Gita Subramony for Zondits, July 1, 2015. Image credit: Jeff Perkins A new study examines the cost-effectiveness of Michigan’s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program. The study concluded that the program in Michigan did help families reduce energy usage by 10%–20%, but that the program only saved $2,400 per household on average compared with costs of about […]

energy efficiency policies

Are Energy Efficiency Policies as Cost-Effective as We Think?

A big new study looks at federal energy-efficiency efforts — and the results are grim Vox, June 23, 2015. Image credit: PeteLinforth That’s a question raised in a new working paper by Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram. The economists conducted a large randomized controlled trial of 30,000 homes in Michigan involving the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income […]