Scholarly Publications

Coal

March 2019

By making available the almost unlimited energy stored in prehistoric plant matter, coal enabled the industrial age – and it still does.

Assessing Opportunities for Solar Lanterns to Improve Educational Outcomes in Rural Off-Grid Regions: Challenges and Lessons from a Randomized Controlled Trial

September 2018

Solar lanterns are promoted across rural Sub-Saharan Africa to improve both lighting in homes and educational outcomes.

Promoting Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Through Consumer Education: Results From a Field Experiment in Mexico

July 2018

AbstractWe undertake a field experiment that delivers information on electricity pricing to randomly-selected households in Puebla, Mexico.

Other Publications

Gas-to-Power Value Chain

September 2018

Many countries with electricity shortages - such as Nigeria, Ghana, Mozambique, and Tanzania - have large gas reserves but face challenges developing gas for power.The gas-to-power value chain can...

Reports of the Demise of Carbon Pricing are Greatly Exaggerated

August 2018

AbstractPoliticians in a number of jurisdictions with cap-and-trade markets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or carbon taxes have argued that the evidence is in and the conclusion is clear:...

Gas-fired generation in a high-renewables world

June 2018

Are gas and renewables good for each other, or are they on a collision course?  We explored this question using a multi-player, web-based game.

News

Thurber featured on CSIS podcast

June 2019

 On June 17, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Associate Director Mark Thurber talked with Nikos Tsafos from CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) on the CSIS...

Thurber speaks in DC on coal-gas competition

June 2019

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Associate Director Mark Thurber was a panelist at the 2019 Energy Security Workshop in Washington, D.C., where he spoke about why LNG (liquefied...

Thurber launches book, talks coal in Germany

April 2019

In no other developed country is the role of coal in the energy mix more hotly debated than in Germany.

Events

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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The New U.S. Role in Global Fossil Fuel Markets

December 11, 2012

As recently as 2007, the United States seemed headed towards ever greater fossil fuel import dependence, as domestic oil and natural gas production dwindled and consumption continued to grow.

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
Trevor L. Davis Postdoctoral Scholar
Daniel Wainstock Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ryan Triolo Graduate Research Assistant
Jin Chen Graduate Research Assistant
Anirudha Balasubramanian Graduate Research Assistant
Kurt Sweat Graduate Research Assistant
Kevin Behan Graduate Research Assistant
Zeyu Wang Graduate Research Assistant
Evan Magnusson Graduate Research Assistant