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Electricity

Scholarly Publications

Reform of the Chinese Electric Power Market: Economics and Institutions

January 2004

When the People's Republic was founded in 1949, the Chinese electricity industry, with only 1.85 GW installed capacity, was primitive.

Vision for Global Electrification, A

August 2002

This paper is a working draft intended to both set the stage and stimulate discussion at the upcoming EPRI workshop on Global Electrification.

Macro Patterns in the Use of Traditional Biomass Fuels

November 2002

About 2.4 billion people rely on traditional biomass, mainly for cooking and heating (IEA, 2002).

Other Publications

The Effects of Power Sector Reform on Energy Services for the Poor

December 2005

This report examines the connections, if any, between efforts to enhance development through electrification of the world's poorest households with the parallel efforts to introduce market forces...

Institutions and Gas Market Security

December 2007

The developing LNG trade does not have symmetric participants.

Living With Coal: Climate Policy's Most Inconvenient Truth

September 2009

News

David Victor quoted in "Forging Links to Natural Gas From Abroad" in New York Times

September 2003

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PESD releases new working paper on potential for CCS technology to capture greenhouse gases in electricity sector

June 2009

Focusing on capture systems for coal-fired power plants until 2030, a sensitivity analysis of key CCS parameters is performed to gain insight into the role that CCS can play in future mitigation...

Electricity reform in South Africa is at a critical juncture, says Anton Eberhard

August 2004

Anton Eberhard writes that South Africa will experience routine electricity blackouts in a few years unless new electricity policy and investment decisions are formulated and implemented this year.

Events

State-Level Electricity Reforms: Impacts on Technology, Institutions and Environment

April 7, 2003

Inaugural workshop of the joint IIM/A-Stanford study on electricity sector reforms in India.

Electricity and the Human Prospect Conference

December 8, 2004

During the 20th century electricity spread from tiny islands of experimental service to become the world's most important energy carrier.

Electricity Reforms in India: Firm Choices, Emerging Markets, and Externalities

September 23, 2004

With our partners at the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), PESD hosted a conference on the 23rd and 24th of Sept.

Projects

Low Income Energy Services

An important complement to PESD's research on climate change policy and established fuel and power markets is our ongoing study of how to supply more and higher-quality energy services to the...
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Five Country Study of Electricity Market Reform: Results

The difficulty of reform stems from the nature of state-centered systems-- their financing, the many ancillary social functions that are performed by SOEs, and their systems of governance and...
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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)...
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People

Frank Wolak Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research
Chris Bruegge PhD Candidate
Trevor L. Davis PhD Candidate
Ivan Korolev PhD Candidate
Akshaya Jha Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Kathy Lung Operations Manager