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This image is having trouble loading!FSI researchers examine the role of energy sources from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) investigates how the production and consumption of energy affect human welfare and environmental quality. Professors assess natural gas and coal markets, as well as the smart energy grid and how to create effective climate policy in an imperfect world. This includes how state-owned enterprises – like oil companies – affect energy markets around the world. Regulatory barriers are examined for understanding obstacles to lowering carbon in energy services. Realistic cap and trade policies in California are studied, as is the creation of a giant coal market in China.

Scholarly Publications

The strategic effects of lack of transparency and forward contracting by generators with market power

April 2018

The ability of an electricity-generating firm with market power to influence the market price depends strongly on the volume the firm has pre-sold in the forward, or hedge, markets.

Simulating the interaction of a renewable portfolio standard with electricity and carbon markets

May 2015

The authors ran a game-based simulation of an electricity market with both an RPS and a cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gas emissions allowances.

‘Oorja’ in India: Assessing a large-scale commercial distribution of advanced biomass stoves to households

April 2014

Replacing traditional stoves with advanced alternatives that burn more cleanly has the potential to ameliorate major health problems associated with indoor air pollution in developing countries....

Other Publications

ESI Bulletin: The Real Drivers of Carbon Capture and Storage in China

November 2010

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is now widely viewed as imperative for global climate stabilisation.

Overcoming imperfections

June 2010

News

Building 'Risky' Energy

October 2015

6th Annual PESD ConferenceTuesday, December 15th, 2015Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research/Gunn Building366 Galvez Street, Stanford UniversityG7 leaders committed this summer to phasing...

Stanford course provides opportunity for students to see textbook methods in action

October 2015

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and Office of International Affairs (OIA) launched a pilot collaboration last year to provide a rigorous, immersive teaching and...

Nuclear Energy Can Play A Role In Zero-Carbon Grid

July 2015

Professor Frank Wolak was recently interviewed by Julian Spector of CityLab regarding the use of nuclear energy in a zero-carbon grid.

Events

Field Research Trip | Energy Production and the Environment in Canada Info Session

March 23, 2018

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Energy Production and the Environment in Canada Info Session

March 2, 2018

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The New U.S. Role in Global Fossil Fuel Markets

December 11, 2012

As recently as 2007, the United States seemed headed towards ever greater fossil fuel import dependence, as domestic oil and natural gas production dwindled and consumption continued to grow.

Projects

Instruments of Energy and Environmental Policy

Instruments of Energy Policy, hosted by the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, brings to Stanford four notable researchers...
English

Electricity Sector Reforms: Impact on Development and Environment

IIM Ahmedabad-Stanford Joint Study on "Electricity Sector Reforms: Impact on Development and Environment" is a project sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)...
English

Impact of Institutions on Distributed Generation

Distributed energy resources, in particular small electric power plants located at the point of demand, offer the potential for significant improvement in the delivery of energy services.
English

People

Frank Wolak Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Ognen Stojanovski Research Scholar
Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research
Chris Bruegge PhD Candidate
Akshaya Jha Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Sriniketh Nagavarapu Visiting Scholar
Paul Stevens Faculty Affiliate
Peng Wuyuan Affiliated Faculty
Kathy Lung Operations Manager