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Energy costs and availability will heavily influence future economic competitiveness.
In this May 2013 Energy and Economics episode of the Radical Physics online video series produced by Wonderfest, The Bay Area Beacon of Science, Bay Area Council Economic Institute president Sean Randolph explains the deep connections between energy and economics. He addresses national as well as global concerns, and he looks at the past as well as toward the future.
Focusing on the Bay Area and on California as a whole, Economic Institute reports have analyzed the growth and competitiveness of the renewable energy sector.
Employment in the Bay Area’s Emerging Clean Economy
—July 2011 (PDF: 20 pages, 949 KB)
A brief by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute presenting Bay Area data from the Brookings Institution study entitled Sizing the Clean Economy.
Global Competitiveness, China and California’s Emerging Clean Energy Economy
—December 2010 (PDF: 52 pages, 1.2 MB)
This white paper presents California’s climate and energy policies in a global setting, asking whether there is a clear linkage between policy and the development of energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
The California power crisis of 2000–2001 led to new interest by cities in establishing municipal utilities for electric power. Three Bay Area Economic Forum reports analyze the economics of establishing new city-owned electrical utilities and of implementing Community Choice Aggregation.
The Economics of Community Choice Aggregation: The Municipalization of Local Power Acquisition and Production
—June 2007 (PDF 44 pages, 437 KB)
The Economics of Electric System Municipalization: Infrastructure Aquisition and its Effect on Consumer Rates
—October 2002 (PDF 27 pages, 428 KB)
The Economics of Electric System Municipalization
A report examining the issue of whether the conversion of investor owned electric utility systems to new municipal utilities will reliably reduce electricity cost and consumer financial risk.
—October 2001 (PDF 40 pages, 194 KB)
Another series of reports by the Bay Area Economic Forum addresses the causes of California’s power crisis, and present a suggested framework for reconstructing an integrated California energy policy.
Lightning Strikes Twice:
California Faces the Real Risk of a Second Power Crisis
Taking the Right Steps to Ensure a Powerful Future
—August 2004 (PDF: 28 pages, 418 KB)
California is Still Coming Up Short on Electricity: The State’s power sector remains troubled and is at risk of a future supply shortfall.
Fourth in a series.
—May 2003 (PDF: 32 pages, 305 KB)
California’s Energy Future:
A Framework for an Integrated Power Policy
Third in a series.
—November 2002 (PDF: 36 pages, 170 KB)
California at a Crossroads:
Options for the Long-Term Reform of the Power Sector
Second in a series.
—October 2001 (PDF: 60 pages, 329 KB)
The Bay Area: A Knowledge Economy Needs Power
A Report on California’s Energy Crisis and Its Impact on the Bay Area Economy
First in a series.
—April 2001 (PDF 74 pages, 450 KB)