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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...

Wolak Participates in Radio Segment on Community Control Aggregation in California

August 2015

On August 13th, 2015, Professor Wolak was interviewed along with Monica Padilla and Ted Ko by KALW, a public radio station in San Francisco.

In Puebla, PESD Researchers Team Up With Stanford Students To Conduct Energy Use Survey

July 2015

Stanford students, under the guidance of the Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development and in partnership with the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Universidad Popular Autónoma del...

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.

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 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...

Wolak Participating as a Panelist at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2011

May 2011

PESD Director Frank Wolak will be participating in the Uptime Institute Symposium 2011 from May 9-12, 2011.

PESD receives $100K in research funding from EPRI

January 2011

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) awarded $100K to fund PESD's research project on "Transmission Planning to Support Renewable Energy at Scale and Enhance Wholesale Electricity...

PESD receives smart grid research grant from Stanford's TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

November 2010

The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy has awarded four research grants totaling $1.2 million to Stanford University researchers for smart power grid related studies.

Wolak to be the keynote speaker at the 6th Singapore Electricity Roundtable 2010

October 2010

PESD Director Frank Wolak will be participating in the Singapore Electricity Roundtable 2010 hosted by Energy Market Company (EMC) as the keynote speaker, covering the challenges in developing...

PESD researcher Jeremy Carl's op-ed piece on India's recent climate and energy negotiations with the United States featured in Indian Express

January 2010

Jeremy Carl argues that despite India’s lack of a concrete binding target for significant CO2 emissions reductions, India’s climate commitments come through on other fronts.

PESD Researchers in Copenhagen for the United Nation's Climate Change Conference

December 2009

Richard Morse and Gang He will be present during the first week of the international climate negotiations at the UN’s COP 15.

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...

Frank Wolak, an expert in energy and environmental economics, named director of FSI's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD)

April 2009

Frank Wolak, Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics and FSI Senior Fellow, is the new director of FSI's innovative Program on Energy and Sustainable...

Study on South African free basic electricity allowance reveals shift in demand

December 2008

PESD affiliates Stephen Davis, Alison Hughes, and Kate Louw publish findings on the impacts of the free basic electricity program in two small rural towns in South Africa.

Victor to teach political economy of energy class again this winter

October 2008

PESD Director David Victor will be teaching "The Political Economy of Energy Policy" in the upcoming winter quarter.

Rai reports on the positive impact of India's energy reforms

October 2008

In an article published by UPenn's Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), PESD research fellow Dr.

New Report on Household Fuel Switching in Rural China Released

August 2008

PESD affiliates and collaborators from China have used rural household survey data in Hubei province to explore patterns of residential fuel use, specifically the use of biomass and coal for...

Wolak Argues Speculators Are Not to Blame for High Oil Prices

August 2008

Energy traders have lately been villainized as the cause of high energy prices, but Frank Wolak shows that the numbers don't support this logic.

Special Issue of the Journal Energy Policy on the Current State of Africa's Energy Systems

July 2008

PESD Affiliate Mark Howells, along with Joe Aldy and Leo Schrattenholzer, have edited a special issue of the journal Energy Policy on the role of energy in Africa's social and economic development....

From Acai to Access: Distributed Electrification in Rural Brazil

July 2008

PESD researcher, Hisham Zerriffi, examines the success and failure in the use of small scale technologies for rural electrification.

Another Look at Renewables on India's Sagar Island

July 2008

India's Sagar Island is renowned among Hindu devotees for its pilgrimage sites and in the renewable energy community for its locally-managed solar and wind projects.


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