Energy

Energy

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.

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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.

A carbon tax to fund increased border security?

January 2019

As the old saying goes, politics makes strange bedfellows.  A national carbon tax to fund increased border security fits that description.

US and China Cooperation on Climate Policy Design

July 2014

Significant political barriers to implementing na- tional climate policies exist in both the US and China.

A Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax for Stanford (Not Divesting Coal)

May 2014

Last week, Stanford's Board of Trustees announced that the university would not directly invest funds from its endowment in coal mining companies.

California climate policy: Showing the way for the world

December 2013

With the continued successful operation of its greenhouse gas emissions market, California can become a global leader in the design and implementation of regional carbon polices.

Viewpoints: Cap and trade should look to broader goals

November 2012

To maximize environmental benefits from the rollout of its cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas emissions, California should focus on achieving a positive demonstration effect from the program...

Risk Attitudes Shape National Oil Company Strategies

June 2012

AbstractMark C. Thurber, David R. HultsNational oil companies (NOCs) often behave in strikingly different ways from one another and from private, international oil companies (IOCs).

The cost of climate policy uncertainty

February 2011

Any mention of climate policy was noticeably missing from President Obama's recent state of the union address.

ESI Bulletin: The Real Drivers of Carbon Capture and Storage in China

November 2010

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is now widely viewed as imperative for global climate stabilisation.

Overcoming imperfections

June 2010

Regulatory Barriers to Lowering the Carbon Content of Energy Services

May 2010

A preliminary list of regulatory barriers that restrain the commercialization of technologies that would reduce the carbon content of energy services consumed in the United States.At the request of...

Three Key Obstacles to Cookstove Adoption (And How to Overcome Them)

December 2009

The article discusses the role of commercial ventures in improving access to improved biomass stoves.

Living With Coal: Climate Policy's Most Inconvenient Truth

September 2009

Environment Gridlock

February 2009

One effect of the new Obama administration's global charm is that America could be let out of the environmental doghouse.

Changing Face of the Indian Energy System: A March Towards Normalcy

December 2008

Much has been said about the fallacies in India’s energy policy - a lack of coherent planning, endemic ills of cross-subsidies, inefficiencies of state-owned companies, and so on - to argue the...

Don't blame energy speculators for rising cost of crude oil

August 2008

The price of a barrel of oil has more than doubled in the past year and a half, from $60 in early 2007 to a high of $142 earlier this summer.

Making Carbon Markets Work

September 2007

PESD collaborators David Victor and Danny Cullenward published a new piece in Scientific American on lessons learned from efforts to build institutions to control emissions of greenhouse gases....

A New Currency: Climate Change and Carbon Credits

July 2004

A new currency is emerging in world markets.

Weak on Warming

February 2002

In recent years, the U.S. debate on global warming policy has been stymied by the unachievable goals of the Kyoto Protocol. Cutting U.S.

A Coal Revolution

October 2000

People

frank wolak Frank Wolak PESD Director, Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Mark's profile picture Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar
IMG 0795 Ognen Stojanovski Research Affiliate at PESD
kevin behanjpg Kevin Behan Research Affiliate at PESD
ryantriolo profilepic Ryan Triolo Graduate Research Assistant
daniel wainstock headshot Daniel Wainstock Research Affiliate at PESD
kurt sweat headshot Kurt Sweat Graduate Research Assistant
anirudha balasubramanian headshot Anirudha Balasubramanian Research Affiliate at PESD
rodrigo headshot Rodrigo Naumann Graduate Research Assistant
zeyu wang headshot Zeyu Wang Research Affiliate at PESD
Ni Yan headshot Ni Yan Graduate Research Assistant
ajha photo Akshaya Jha Faculty Affiliate at PESD