“Sometimes two ideas that seem joined at the hip end up butting heads. A couple current discussions in the energy blog-o-sphere illustrate. One is the debate over moving to 100% carbon-free electricity in California. Another is the push for “electrification” of transportation, water heating and anything else that these days relies on burning natural gas, oil or coal.
The two policy initiatives seem to be complimentary in their pursuit of a low-carbon future: One policy cleans up electricity while the other gets people to switch from using other dirty fuels over to clean power. Except there’s a hitch: Money. If zero-carbon standards significantly increase the retail of price power, then firms and consumers are going to be less likely to favor electricity-intensive products.”
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