This image is having trouble loading!FSI researchers examine the role of energy sources from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) investigates how the production and consumption of energy affect human welfare and environmental quality. Professors assess natural gas and coal markets, as well as the smart energy grid and how to create effective climate policy in an imperfect world. This includes how state-owned enterprises – like oil companies – affect energy markets around the world. Regulatory barriers are examined for understanding obstacles to lowering carbon in energy services. Realistic cap and trade policies in California are studied, as is the creation of a giant coal market in China.

Recent Events

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Hubbert's Peak, The Coal Question, and Climate Change

April 24, 2009

AbstractAn accurate estimate of the ultimate production of oil, gas, and coal would be helpful for the ongoing policy discussion on alternatives to fossil fuels and climate change.

Three Challenges in One - The Economy, Energy and the Environment: Engaging China

April 3, 2009

PESD Faculty Fellow David Victor spoke at the plenary session "Three Challenges in One -- The Economy, Energy, and the Environment." His talk, "Engaging China", focused on China and the U.S.'s key...

SLAC Colloquium: Reconciling the Rapid Growth of Coal and CO2 Emissions in Global Energy Markets

March 23, 2009

PESD research associate Richard K. Morse will present "Reconciling the Rapid Growth of Coal and CO2 Emissions in Global Energy Markets."

Coal, Carbon, and the Future of the Global Energy Mix

March 5, 2009

Richard Morse states that coal is the largest growing source of energy and that regulation and policy are beginning to play a larger role in the economy of coal power.

Frontiers of Research on Low Income Energy

February 24, 2009

Workshop Focus With around 2 billion people using biomass as their primary energy source, and 1.6 billion people without access to electricity, there are many unanswered questions on how to best...

Public Forum: How Will Global Warming Affect the World's Fuel Markets?

February 10, 2009

The world is grappling with how to restructure its economies around lower carbon fuel sources.

Incentive Mechanisms for Electricity Transmission Expansion

January 27, 2009

Electricity transmission pricing and transmission grid expansion have received increasing regulatory and analytical attention in recent years.

New Ways to Think About Regulating Greenhouse Gases

January 15, 2009

David Victor will be speaking on "New Ways to think About Regulating Greenhouse Gases" as part of the Woods Institute Energy Seminar.

PESD Annual Meeting

October 29, 2008

» Annual Meeting 2008 Materials (password protected) PESD's 2008 Annual Review Meeting, Reconciling Coal and Energy Security, will be held October 29-30, 2008 at Stanford University.

PESD Annual Review Meeting

November 13, 2007

The PESD's 2007 Annual Review Meeting, which will be held November 13-14, 2007 at Stanford University, provides the opportunity to take a look at major issues in the world's energy system, as well...

The State of Iraqi Oil

November 9, 2007

Thamir Abbas Ghadhban, Former Oil Minister of Iraq

Indian Gas

October 31, 2007

PESD has concluded a two year collaborative study on the Indian natural gas market with three India research groups- A.T.

PESD on Coal vs. Gas: The Poltical Economy of Fuel Choice in China

September 17, 2007

PESD participated in a Beijing meeting on sustainable growth from the macro-perspective, energy conservation, efficiency of resource use and environmental stewardship.

Natural Gas and Energy Futures of India and China

June 4, 2007

The Stanford Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) is concluding a major study aimed at understanding the future role for natural gas in the rapidly growing economies of China and...

Natural Gas in the Energy Futures of China and India

June 4, 2007

The role of natural gas in Chinese and Indian economies is of critical import both domestically and for global energy and environmental issues.

National Oil Companies: Performance and Strategy

April 19, 2007

PESD Research Project: Interim Findings

World Forum on Energy Regulation III

October 9, 2006

The World Forum on Energy Regulation and Investment III will build upon the themes and key findings discussed during the 1st and 2nd Forums in 2000 and 2003.

Natural Gas: LNG Market in the Atlantic Basin

July 30, 2006

The seminar is expected to provide a foundation for a new study examining the role of LNG imports for Brazilian natural gas markets centered at the Instituto Economia (IE) at the Federal University...

23rd World Gas Congress

June 6, 2006

PESD Director David Victor addressed a plenary session of the trinennial congress of the world gas industry on June 9th.

International Conference on Energy and Security

March 13, 2006

"The threats and challenges to global energy security force countries to work out their national energy strategies and pursue relevant national energy policies.

Natural Gas in the Chinese Energy System: Case Studies in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong

November 4, 2005

The one day workshop held at Tsinghua University, Beijing on November 4, 2005 brought together leading experts and reserach collaborators from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong to discuss PESD's...

Energy Security

October 13, 2005

"Energy security" is an elastic concept.

Workshop on Natural Gas Markets in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong

March 21, 2005

This is the first meeting of the new PESD sponsored research team investigating the politics and economics of the introduction of natural gas in three major Chinese cities.

Workshop on China's Rural Electrification

March 18, 2005

The workshop, co-hosted by PESD and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, examines the success of the Chinese rural electrification program.