PESD focuses on global energy markets and their impact on human welfare and the environment. Our distinctive research is grounded in a deep understanding of the world's political and economic landscape and applies the study of feasible policy and regulatory leverage points for positive change.
Electricity Market Design
Designing and regulating electricity markets to meet policy goals and institutional needs while minimizing costs to consumers.
Renewable Energy Integration
Focusing on technology, infrastructure, and electricity market functioning to address aggressive renewable energy targets.
Low-Income Energy Services
Studying factors affecting the adoption of "modern" forms of energy as substitute resources for the world's poorest populations.
Fossil Fuel Markets and Governance
Studying the governance of fossil fuel production, transportation, and consumption around the world and their impact on future demand.
Climate Change Policy
Examining the efficiency of different climate policies in reducing emissions while factoring in real-world politics.
Non-Intermittent Zero-Carbon Technologies
Studying the important contributions from non-intermittent zero-carbon technologies such as hydro, geothermal, nuclear, and carbon capture and storage on global decarbonization efforts.
Energy Market Game
A teaching tool to highlight the roles of electricity generating companies, electricity retailers, and vertically-integrated utilities in electricity markets with different market rules.