2023-05-09 "A Climate Cash Spending Spree is about to Get Underway in Washington State."
I was quoted in this Washington State Standard story about how the state will manage the influx of resources from the federal Inflation Reduction Act and the state's cap-and-trade program. "Do states, and does Washington, have the resources it needs — and it really comes down to the state budget and the size of the agencies, how many staff are in these agencies? Does it have the capacity to do both?” I said.
2023-03-24 "Xcel's Winter of Discontent."
I was interviewed for this Colorado Public Radio story about Xcel Energy's high electricity rates and their relation to the utility business model and climate and renewable energy.
2023-03-08 "Red States are Leading on Renewable Energy, While Mass. Ranks 29th, New Analysis Shows."
I was quoted in this Boston Globe story about how a report found that the largest renewable energy generation often occurs in Republican-led states. "Basseches said some Republican states have a forgotten history of pro-renewable policies ... 'In the late '90s and early 2000s, Texas had one of the most aggressive renewable portfolio standards in the country,' he said."
2023-03-01 "Kentucky Governor Candidate Daniel Cameron's Anti-Climate Track Record."
I was quoted in this Louisville Public Media story about the anti-ESG efforts of many Republican attorneys general, including Kentucky gubernatorial candidate Daniel Cameron. "Kentucky is a true outlier in terms of how far behind it is [on climate policy]," I said. "The state economy as a whole will lose out if there is foot-dragging by state policy makers."
2023-01-24 "How Will States Use Money From the Inflation Reduction Act to Address Climate Change?"
I was interviewed by Possibly Podcast about how states can take advantage of the funds available from the Inflation Reduction Act.
2022-12-01 "New Orleans Prepares for President Macron."
I was interviewed by WWL-TV for a story about French President Macron's state visit and what was on the agenda for he and President Biden climate policy-wise. "The Inflation Reduction Act ... has certain provisions in it that have disappointed certain European allies, because they encourage domestic production. So Biden will want to hear specifically what Macron's concerns are," I said.
2022-11-03 "People at ISO New England's First Public Meeting Had Strong Opinions, But Not on Energy Costs."
This story quoted my tweet: "Yesterday, ISO-NE, under pressure, opened up their meeting to the public and boy oh boy did the public show up! There's greater public interest than ever before in electricity policy," I tweeted.
2022-09-27 "Families in Over 20 States are Scrambling to Place a Bet on What Their Energy Bills Will Be in the Future. A Wrong Decision Could Cost Them Hundreds of Dollars."
I was interviewed for this Business Insider story on retail choice when it comes to gas and electricity provision. "It's almost analogous to the stock market," I explained. "It's putting a lot of these decisions into the hands of consumers, sort of betting on what's going to happen to these different prices of these different fuels."
2022-09-23 "The Grid Isn't Broken, But Still Needs Fixing"
I was interviewed for this Climate XChange "policy primer." I told Climate XChange, "The way that we've done things historically is not conducive to the types of changes we're going to need if we're going to have a renewable energy transition and electrify everything."
2022-09-21 "What Hinders Louisiana's Shift Toward Renewable Energy? Voters Say Their Congressional Leaders"
I was quoted in this Louisiana Illuminator story about how the state's voters are ahead of their politicians when it comes to the renewable energy transition: "Surveys like this are helpful in that they're the first step to calling someone out and showing how they're misrepresenting public opinion," I said.
2022-09-14 "State Officials Hold Sway in Biden's Climate Law Funding Rollout"
I was quoted in this Bloomberg Law piece: "The law amplifies the advantages of electrification by making 'home and building heating from gas a lot less economically competitive compared to electrification. But at the end of the day, the states are still going to have the say.'"
2022-09-14 "How the Inflation Reduction Act's Approach to Energy and Environment May Impact Louisiana"
I was interviewed on Louisiana Considered, a program of Louisiana Public Radio, about the Inflation Reduction Act and what it means for Louisiana.
2022-09-08 "Climate Obstruction at the State Level as the Inflation Reduction Act Moves to Implementation"
I joined this Climate Social Science Network panel to discuss the tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act and how they can be expected to affect utility planning and state regulation.
2022-08-23 "The Multi-Million-Dollar Political Fight over Maine's Utilities."
I am quoted in this New England Climate Dispatch story: "Investor-owned utilities have, in the past, fought off efforts at municipalization because it undermines their traditional business model, but never, to my knowledge, has there been such a concerted effort to establish a statewide consumer-owned utility to literally replace them as is happening right now in the state of Maine."
2022-08-14 "Power Companies Bet Big on Natural Gas in Louisiana. Now, Customers are Feeling the Squeeze."
I spoke with The Advocate's Sam Karlin about investor-owned utilities' resource planning process and how it is difficult to fundamentally change the state's resource mix even as fuel costs shift and gas is no longer the least-cost resource it once was. "It's certainly not impossible for the Southeast to become less reliant on gas," I told the paper. "But it's not going to happen overnight."
2022-08-13 "There Are a Lot of Perks for Big Oil in Democrats' New Bill, Even Though It's Being Touted as the Biggest Climate Investment in U.S. History"
I commented about the oil-friendly provisions in the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act and how to balance them against the bill's pro-climate provisions. I told the Business Insider, "The provisions incentivizing green energy far outweigh the fossil fuel-friendly provisions."
2022-08-08 "The Senate Climate Deal is Huge, But the Harder Work is Happening in the States-- Including the Red Ones"
In this Op-Ed published in The Advocate, I argue that, while the U.S. Senate's passage of a climate bill is historic, the states continue to be where the key regulatory action is when it comes to climate and renewable energy policy. I also note that even "red states" are doing more (quietly) than it may seem.
2022-08-02 "Mass. Gas Providers Pay Up"
I am quoted in this story published in New England Climate Dispatch: "Investor-owned utilities (like Eversource and National Grid) are the single most influential type of business actor when it comes to state-level climate and energy policymaking,” stated Basseches. “Campaign contributions are one important tool in their toolkit (but far from the only one).”
2022-07-15 "Coal, Solar and EVs: A Pitfall for Electric Utilities?"
I am quoted in this story published in E&E News. "Given the political leanings of [the Southeast region], I highly suspect that the utilities are going to win the day," I told E&E News.
2022-03-31 "'Empty Rhetoric:' The Solar Industry's Public Spat with Biden over Tariffs"
I am quoted in this story published in Renewable Energy World. "Solar is no longer the experiment it once was in the not-too-distant past," I told Renewable Energy World. I explained that while Biden has been a friend to the renewable energy industry, he is not above being criticized.
2022-03-23 North American Electricity and Energy Security
I joined Monica Gattinger (University of Ottawa), Marcela Lopez-Vallejo (Universidad de Guadalajara) and Leigh Raymond (Purdue University) for a discussion of North American electricity policy and energy security. In my remarks, I discussed obstacles to expanding cross-border transmission to bring clean electricity from Canada into the United States.
2021-06-10 Breaking Down Public Trust.
I am quoted in this State and Hill Magazine story on public trust in government. Specifically, I was asked to comment on the Texas electricity crisis of the past winter. "Texas has an extremely deregulated electricity grid," I told the magazine. "Decision-making is driven by industry, which led to poor weatherization and poor preparedness."
2021-04-29 Washington Will Become Second State to Adopt Cap-and-Trade Law. But What Happens Next Really Matters.
In this op-ed published by Washington State Wire, I argue that, while the state legislature and governor are to be applauded for making Washington state only the second U.S. state to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, many of the toughest and most consequential decisions still lie ahead, in the regulatory process.
2021-03-02 The Key to Making Sound Climate Policy? Rein in (or win over) utility monopolies
In this op-ed published by Grist, I argue that investor-owned utilities are extremely powerful political actors when it comes to shaping U.S. climate policy, and that federal policymakers should either accommodate their policy preferences or begin taking major steps to rein in their power.
2020-12-09 Whither American Climate Policy? Lessons from the Trump Presidency and State Policy Engagement
With Barry Rabe
Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
On December 9, 2020, I joined Professor Barry Rabe for a discussion of the state of U.S. climate and energy policy as we transition from the Trump Administration to the Biden Administration. The conversation centered on Barry's new book, Trump, the Administrative Presidency, and Federalism (Brookings 2020) as well as my dissertation research on economy-wide GHG policies and RPS policies in the American states.
2020-07-18 100% Renewable Is What's Needed for Massachusetts
Environment Massachusetts Blog
Environment Massachusetts, an affiliate of Environment America, a national environmental advocacy organization, referenced my research on the shortcomings of the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act in order to make the case for the Massachusetts legislature to adopt a target for the state to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045.