Do Your Solar Panels Affect Your Electricity Consumption?

Many solar industry and environmental advocates promote the claim that distribution ownership of energy is efficient. In the “Solar Impacts: Does Distributed Production Affect Consumption Choices?” study, support for this claim rests upon a fundamental assumption shared by and “virtually every current model of compensating distributed generation.” The study points out, however, that this fundamentally [...]

Who Will Pay the Pandemic Utility Bill – and How?

The COVID-19 pandemic has both spread and worsened in many areas, forcing widespread emergency responses, often at short notice and with minimal resources to help people cope with dire consequences. A major concern among most households, especially those struggling to meet basic needs, has been how to remain connected to essential utility services. The financial [...]

How Politicians Use Your Social Media Data & How to Combat False or Misleading Information Before the Election

Since the first Obama presidential campaign, social media experts have assumed major roles in shaping political communication. Social media has proved effective to influence voters’ perceptions, beliefs, and decisions. Unfortunately, significant amounts of information spread through Internet platforms have generated false, misleading and dangerous claims, images, and fabricated news. Studies conducted at such credible institutions [...]