Energy Policy, Technology, and Trends

PaulosAnalysis provides consulting on energy policy, advocacy, communications, and research.

Ben Paulos is an analyst, strategist, writer, and advocate for clean energy. PaulosAnalysis clients have included government agencies, non-profits, foundations, research and consulting firms, trade associations, and media.

Selected clients include the Electricity Markets & Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, East Bay Community Energy, the Clean Energy States Alliance, and the Illinois Power Agency.

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Haven't read beyond the abstract yet, but this paper looks interesting for the post-NEM debate in California. #savesolar @AhmadFaruqui @BorensteinS

Designing Pareto optimal electricity retail rates when utility customers are prosumers

Just caught up w/this 2021 paper by Dev Millstein et al. @BerkeleyLabEMP on "the race between declining cost & declining value of #wind & @solar power" (as I put it in my seminars), breaking down historical value decline in US as penetration increases.


For all you (us) #energytwitter oldsters, @Lorde is a pop star.

She went to Antarctica and got mobilized on climate change. And named her smash album 'Solar Power' as a result.

And she even gets the irony of jet travel to save the planet.

Today in "trends I didn't expect to see": We can fit 50% more solar power on the same amount of land than we could 10 years ago.

Utility-scale #solar is growing rapidly, raising concerns about land use. But the land density data people use now was published nearly a decade ago, and significantly overstates land needs. Our work is in the @IEEEorg Journal of Photovoltaics, at 1/x

Regulators around the country are putting theory into practice as they incorporate equity into utility policy. See this big write-up in @pvmagazineusa on our recent report.

The @CityofBerkeley is hiring a new Green Building Program Manager to advance the City’s fossil-fuel free commitment. Enforce local codes and Berkeley’s Natural Gas Prohibition, and develop amendments for new code cycles. Apply by February 14. Details at

The land-use requirements for utility-scale solar PV are being exaggerated b/c everyone's working w/ old data. New study from @BerkeleyLabEMP finds that both MW & MWh-per-acre have risen substantially in recent years.

A new report from @BerkeleyLabEMP - "Advancing Equity in Utility Regulation" - is now available for download. The report outlines systemic changes needed to advance equity in electric utility regulation

Catalyzing #EnergyStorage partnerships? ✅
Partnering w/ @ENERGY & the #nationallabs? ✅

…just a few topics that experts from around the nation will address at the National #EnergyStorageSummit, hosted by #BerkeleyLab!

Register for the virtual event ⬇

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