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How to Keep Green Policies from Crashing the Electricity Grid

News / May 22, 2015

Many Californians still remember the electricity crisis in 2000 and 2001, when a combination of tangled state and federal regulations and opportunistic behavior by market participants led to soaring wholesale prices and rolling blackouts.

Could something similar happen today, but this time as a result of trading tied to policies for reducing carbon emissions and mandating a higher share of electricity produced from renewable energy?

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The End of Expensive Oil?

Commentary / April 8, 2015

The shale oil and gas revolution in the United States (U.S.) has led to a more than 4 million barrels per day increase in domestic oil production since 2008. Combined with an almost 1 million barrel per day increase from the Alberta tar sands, the surge in North American oil production has significantly reduced the region’s demand for imported oil. Increased production of shale gas in North America and the significantly lower dollar per million British thermal unit (BTU) price of natural gas versus oil have caused a number of sectors of the U.S.

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The global oil price drop may last for the next couple decades, Stanford economist says

Commentary / March 30, 2015

Global oil prices may stay low for the next 10 or 20 years, according to Stanford economist Frank Wolak.

The most likely medium-term outcome is $50 to $70 per barrel, according to Wolak. He is the Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics at Stanford University.

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Energy Dispatches: Climate Action Personality Types on Campus

Commentary / February 10, 2015

 

 

The Scientist

 

Characteristic Insight: Climate change is real and it is going to hurt—a lot.

Characteristic Blind Spot: This doesn’t mean people will do anything about it.

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International Conference on Regional Carbon Policies

News / October 31, 2013
We invite you to an international conference on “Regional Carbon Policies” that PESD is hosting at Stanford University on Thursday, December 5th.
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To promote adoption of household health technologies, think beyond health

News / September 30, 2013
PESD associate director Mark Thurber and research collaborators at Stanford have found in a review of the medical and public health literatures that health improvement is rarely the principal reason why households adopt health-improving technologies like insecticide-treated nets, point-of-use water treatments, and improved biomass cookstoves. These findings, which appear in the American Journal of Public Health, suggest that wider health impact can be achieved by paying more attention to non-health motivations for adoption.
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Thurber and Wolak simulate carbon cap and trade in Stanford GSB course

News / September 30, 2013
PESD associate director Mark Thurber and director Frank Wolak taught a course on "Energy Markets and Policy" at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in which student teams played the role of California power companies bidding generation into wholesale electricity markets and trading carbon allowances to cover their emissions. The surprising results of this cap and trade simulation are published in the Aug/Sep 2013 issue of The Electricity Journal.
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Thurber discusses outlook for Latin American NOCs

News / September 30, 2013
PESD associate director Mark Thurber spoke with David Casallas of Business News Americas about how the outlook for national oil companies in Latin America is shaped by governance and risk.
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Market Monitoring in the US Energy Market by Frank Wolak /FSR Monthly Interview

Q&A / April 16, 2013
During a visit to Toulouse, France to present at “The Economics of Energy Markets” conference at the Toulouse School of Economics, PESD Director Frank Wolak was interviewed by Professor Jean-Michel Glachant of the Florence School Regulation about his work monitoring wholesale electricity markets.
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U.S. shale gas prompts PRB coal producers to look to Asia

Q&A / March 27, 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 the U.S. shale gas revolution has pushed coal producers in the U.S. Powder River Basin to look to Asia for a more robust market.
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Misguided “Oil Scarcity Ideology” Has Distorted US National Security Policy

News / February 8, 2013
The “peak oil” fallacy is not new; in fact it has long inflicted real harm in the geopolitical sphere despite persistent evidence of its falsity. Roger Stern, Research Assistant Professor of Energy at the University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business, describes in a new PESD working paper how “oil scarcity ideology” influenced US national security policy in profoundly detrimental ways from 1909 to 1980.
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Do State-Owned Companies Have Inside Access to the World’s Oil and Gas Resources?

News / January 28, 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 their home turf and abroad. Live feed at 5 pm PST on January 28, 2013.
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