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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.

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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.

Students trade carbon allowances and renewable energy certificates

July 2015

Stanford students traded carbon allowances and renewable energy certificates as part of a new web-based simulation developed at PESD.

U.S. shale gas prompts PRB coal producers to look to Asia

March 2013

In advance of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit, which took place April 2-4 in Vancouver, Canada, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber spoke with the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) about how...

Do State-Owned Companies Have Inside Access to the World’s Oil and Gas Resources?

January 2013

In a public lecture at the University of Tulsa, PESD associate director Mark Thurber critically considers the idea that national oil companies (NOCs) are elbowing aside private players, both on...

US on the verge of becoming major coal exporter

April 2012

As abundant domestic natural gas production erodes coal’s market share in the US, coal producers are looking to overseas markets for growth.

Wolak speaks to the Western Chapter at Energy Bar Association

March 2012

PESD director Frank Wolak spoke at The Energy Bar Association Eleventh Annual Western Chapter Meeting held on February 24, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel.

National oil companies can cause pain at pump, research shows

February 2012

State-owned oil companies dominate the world's oil supplies, and politicians often cannot resist getting involved.

Thurber talks about what “clean coal” means in Asia

February 2012

In his National Bureau of Asian Research interview, Mark Thurber outlines the key issues that define Asia’s rising energy demand, the emerging global market for coal, new technologies for this age...

Solar lighting and charging research receives FSI funding

February 2012

PESD's new research on "Solar Lighting and Phone Charging in East Africa: Understanding Adoption, Business Models, and Development Outcomes" was awarded funding from the Freeman Spogli Institute’s...

Frank A. Wolak leads panel discussion on Financial Transmission Rights, Virtual Trading

October 2011

PESD director Frank Wolak presented in two sessions of the 4th annual Platt’s Nodal Trader conference in New York City on October 25-26, 2011.

PESD study assesses cookstove business models in India

September 2011

A PESD study just released in Energy Policy found that stove businesses are challenging but feasible with deep financial backing and managerial acumen.

Morse to speak at the UT Energy Symposium

September 2011

Richard K. Morse is the invited speaker for the UT Energy Symposium on November 3, 2011 about international coal markets -focusing on coal, climate, and China.

Morse debates US coal exports in NRDC's magazine

August 2011

Appearing in the NRDC's OnEarth Magazine, Richard Morse debates how new US coal exports would impact international energy markets and carbon emissions.

PESD director Frank A. Wolak talks energy with Japanese CEOs and former PM

July 2011

Wolak will be traveling to Japan for a one-day symposium in Tokyo put on by the Center for International Public Policy Studies entitled “Can Japan have a new economic paradigm after the...

Thurber, Hults, Heller publish "Norwegian Model" study in Energy Policy

July 2011

In their Energy Policy article, entitled "Exporting the ‘Norwegian Model': The effect of administrative design on oil sector performance," PESD researchers Mark Thurber, David Hults, and Patrick...

Morse panelist at the 2011 Silicon Valley Energy Summit

June 2011

Richard Morse addresses key uncertainties remaining in the implementation of cap and trade in California, speaking to leaders from business, policy, and academia in California.

Video: Morse Led the SLAC Colloquium on Coal Renaissance in a Post-Kyoto World

June 2011

On Monday, June 13, 2011, as part of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's colloquium series, Richard Morse from the Program on Energy on Sustainable Development led the talk on “Addressing the ...

PESD paper helps frame conference session on Asian natural gas

June 2011

PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber and Research Associate Joseph Chang wrote "The Policy Tightrope in Gas-Producing Countries: Stimulating Domestic Demand Without Discouraging Supply" that helped...

PESD Researcher Gang He Selected as Aspen Environment Forum Scholar

May 2011

Gang He joins others at the Aspen Environment Forum 2011 May 30 - June 2, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado.

People

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