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Carbon in the classroom: Lessons from a simulation of California’s electricity market under a stringent cap and trade system

August 2013

This paper summarizes the lessons learned from implementing a realistic, game-based simulation of California’s electricity market with a cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and...

Rural Electrification: Strategies for Distributed Generation

December 2011

An estimated 1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. An untold number of others live with electricity that is erratic and of poor quality.

Energy for Sustainable Development

September 2010

The majority of rural residents in China are dependent on traditional fuels, but the quality and quantity of existing data on the process of fuel switching in rural China are insufficient to have a...

Regulatory Barriers to Lowering the Carbon Content of Energy Services

May 2010

A preliminary list of regulatory barriers that restrain the commercialization of technologies that would reduce the carbon content of energy services consumed in the United States.At the request of...

Upstream vs. Downstream CO2 Trading: A Comparison for the Electricity Context

March 2010

  In electricity, "downstream" CO2 regulation requires retail suppliers to buy energy from a mix of sources so that their weighted emissions satisfy a standard.

Promoting Clean Development Competing Market Mechanisms Post-2012

October 2009

(Excerpt) According to climate scientists, averting the worst consequences of climate change requires that the increase in global temperature should be limited to 2°C (or 3.6°F).

When It Comes to Demand Response, Is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission its Own Worst Enemy?

October 2009

The traditional approach to demand response of paying for a customer's electricity consumption reductions relative to an administratively set baseline is currently being advocated by the Federal...

Evolution of China's Coal Institutions, The

August 2009

Coal is the major primary energy which fuels economic growth in China.

Role of Carbon Capture Technologies in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Models: A Parametric Study for the U.S. Power Sector

June 2009

This paper analyzes the potential contribution of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies to greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the U.S.

Household Level Fuel Switching in Rural Hubei

December 2008

Based on an analysis of a rural household survey data in Hubei province in 2004, we explore patterns of residential fuel use within the conceptual framework of fuel switching using statistical...

From Acai to Access: Distributed Electrification in Rural Brazil

December 2008

Another Look at Renewables on India's Sagar Island

July 2008

Much existing literature champions renewables implementation on India’s Sagar Island as an unqualified rural electrification success story.  Photovoltaic (PV) and wind systems put in place by the...

Energy and India's Foreign Policy

May 2008

This study was presented by PESD research fellows Jeremy Carl and Varun Rai and PESD Director David Victor at the conference “The Future of India's Foreign Policy,” hosted by the Center for the...

Reforming the Indian Electricity Supply Industry

January 2008

Regulating Competition in Wholesale Electricity Supply

November 2007

Abstract The experience of the past ten years suggests that the potential benefits from electricity industry restructuring are small relative to those that can be achieved from introducing...

Natural Gas in India: An Assessment of Demand from the Electricity Sector

October 2007

PESD has concluded a two year collaborative study on the Indian natural gas market with the Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad.

Making Small Work: Business Models for Electrifying the World

September 2007

Despite over a century of investment in electric power systems, there are roughly 1.6 billion people who lack access to electricity service, mainly in rural areas.

Political Economy of Power Sector Reform: The Experiences of Five Major Developing Countries

March 2007

Over the last fifteen years the world's largest developing countries have initiated market reforms in their electric power sectors from generation to distribution.

Rural Electrification in China: History and Institution

December 2006

China has been highly successful in electrifying rural areas in the past half century.

Rural Electrification in China 1950-2004: Historical processes and key driving forces

December 2006

The historical process of rural electrification in China can be divided into three stages.

The Obsolescing Bargain Redux: Foreign Investment in the Electric Power Sector in Developing Countries

December 2006

As part of PESD's ongoing research on power sector reform, the program has focused on the special role of independent power projects (IPPs).

Beyond free electricity: The costs of electric cooking in poor households and a market-friendly alternative

November 2006

The South African government is introducing a poverty-reduction policy that will supply households with a monthly 50 kWh free basic electricity (FBE) subsidy.

IPP Study Case Selection and Project Outcomes: An Additional Note

October 2006

During 2004-06, the Program on Energy & Sustainable Development undertook a study of the experience of independent power producers ("IPPs") in developing countries.

Indian Electricity Market: Country Study and Investment Context, The

August 2006

India stands out in the IPP study as the second largest developing country market and features an evolving legal and regulatory regime created in the early 1990s specifically to promote investment...

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