non-technical solutions

Research and Development

Policy choices that support massive investments in water and energy research and development (R&D) can potentially lead to improved technical solutions in the long run.

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Regulations and Standards

To date, most clean energy standards focus on emissions from power plant smokestacks and automobile tailpipes. These policies set standards in terms of grams, pounds, or tons of emissions.

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Market Pressures

Smart technologies open the door for an information-enhanced market in which energy and water prices fluctuate rapidly based on demand and supply.

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Assumptions and the Human Factor

Inverted block pricing systems operate on the assumption that low-income households consume less energy and water and high-income households consume more.

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Market Externalities

“Market externalities” are those costs associated with a product or service that are not included as part of the transaction. These costs are associated with energy and water use, but are not included directly on our utility bills.

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Value-Based Markets

Today’s system for determining prices for water and energy are derived from cost-based capitalism. But, if we switch to value-based capitalism, energy and water efficiency might become more profitable.

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Ethics

Are energy and water human rights, to which everyone is entitled guaranteed access, or are they commodities whose availability, price, quantity, and quality should be determined by the markets?

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