In line with the "landlord-tenant" problem discussed in the energy efficiency literature, both ownership rates and responsiveness tp prices are substanitally lower for rented properties, particularly those with lower income tenants.
Technology to utilise the forces of nature for doing work to supply human needs is as old as the first sailing ship.
However, the variability of wind and solar power does not correspond with most demand, and as substantial capacity has been built in several countries in response to government incentives, occasional massive output from these sources creates major problems in maintaining the reliability and economic viability of the whole system.
There is a new focus on system costs related to achieving reliable supply to meet demand.
Based on our estimates, the cost of carbon abatement from these programs is substantial, and well above conventional estimates of the social cost of emissions.
In the third chapter, I examine the extent to which electricity prices influence household purchases of Energy Star appliances.
First, their maximum output fluctuates according to the real-time availability of wind and sunlight.
Second, such fluctuations can be predicted accurately only a few hours to days in advance.
Chapter 1 studies learning-by-doing during the generation process at wind and solar farms in the United States.
They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. This dissertation addresses three questions related to the economics of renewable energy.