Scholarly Publications

Learning about Electricity Market Performance with a Large Share of Renewables from the COVID-19 Lock-Down

June 2020

We show that the negative demand shock due to the COVID-19 lock-down has reduced net-demand system demand less the amount of energy produced by intermittent renewables and net imports that must be...

An Experimental Comparison of Carbon Pricing Under Uncertainty in Electricity Markets

May 2020

We report on an economic experiment that compares outcomes in electricity markets subject to carbon-tax and cap-and-trade policies.

Breaking routine for energy savings: An appliance-level analysis of small business behavior under dynamic prices

May 2020

Small businesses are typically committed to providing a positive customer experience and therefore may exhibit a response to dynamic electricity prices different from residential or industrial...

Other Publications

Economic Policy Challenges Facing California's Next Governor: Electricity Policy Reform

May 2020

Californians like to think of themselves as environmentally conscious and forward-thinking. The state’s energy and environmental policies reflect these sentiments.

Long-Term Resource Adequacy with Significant Intermittent Renewables

March 2020

The electricity supply industry in a low-carbon world will have over 50 percent share of intermittent renewables.

In California, a third-world solution to a first-world problem

October 2019

California’s decision to allow Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to shut off electricity to hundreds of thousands of Californians because high winds and dry conditions may cause a downed...

News

Stanford Energy Q&A: Why do we burn so much coal?

December 2019

PESD associate director Mark Thurber recently spoke with Stanford Energy about the findings of his recent book on why the world continues to burn so much coal despite its major contribution to air...

Events

COVID-19 and the Future of Energy Markets: Will Coal Remain Dominant?

May 19, 2020

 Virtual Seminar via ZoomRegister hereWelcome Remarks: Mike McFaul, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; Ken Olivier and Angela Nomellini Professor of International...

Field Research Trip | Energy Production and the Environment in Canada Info Session

March 23, 2018

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Energy Production and the Environment in Canada Info Session

March 2, 2018

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Projects

Non-Intermittent Zero-Carbon Technologies

 Because the intermittency of wind and solar will become a major challenge once they supply large shares of total electricity generation, decarbonization efforts will likely require important...
English

Energy Market Game

PESD has developed a web-based game that allows players to take on the roles of electricity generating companies (“gencos”), electricity retailers, or vertically-integrated utilities in electricity...
English

Climate Change Policy

Dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector is likely to be expensive, but sound public policy can ensure that any investments in this area yield the greatest possible...
English

Multimedia

Thurber talks coal in Australia

December 2018

PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber visited Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in November where he discussed his forthcoming book, Coal (coming in May 2019 from Polity Press), in a public lecture.

People

Frank Wolak PESD Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar
Ognen Stojanovski Research Scholar at PESD
Daniel Wainstock Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ryan Triolo Graduate Research Assistant
Anirudha Balasubramanian Graduate Research Assistant
Kurt Sweat Graduate Research Assistant
Trevor L. Davis Postdoctoral Scholar
Zeyu Wang Graduate Research Assistant
Rodrigo Naumann Graduate Research Assistant
Kevin Behan Graduate Research Assistant
Leon Zhang Graduate Research Assistant