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Dallas Burtraw
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow and Associate Director, Center for Climate and Electricity Policy
202-328-5087
burtraw@rff.org
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PROFILE
 
Dallas Burtraw is one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental regulation in the electricity sector. For two decades, he has worked on creating a more efficient and politically rational method for controlling air pollution. He also studies electricity restructuring, competition, and economic deregulation. He is particularly interested in incentive-based approaches for environmental regulation, the most notable of which is a tradable permit system, and recently has studied ways to introduce greater cost-effectiveness into regulation under the Clean Air Act. 
Featured Publications
The Costs and Consequences of Greenhouse Gas Regulation under the Clean Air Act
Dallas Burtraw, Josh Linn, Karen Palmer and Anthony Paul
American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings | 104(5) | 557-562 | Related Discussion Paper 14-01
 
Two World Views on Carbon Revenues
Dallas Burtraw and Samantha Sekar
Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences | March 2014 | Vol. 4, No. 1 | 110-120 | Related Discussion Paper 13-32
 
Regulating Greenhouse Gases in the Electricity Sector under the Clean Air Act
Joshua Linn, Erin Mastrangelo, and Dallas Burtraw
Journal of the Association for Environmental and Resource Economics | Spring/Summer 2014 | Vol. 1, No. 1/2 | pp. 97-134 | Related Discussion Paper 13-05
 
The Costs and Consequences of Clean Air Act Regulation of CO2 from Power Plants
Dallas Burtraw, Joshua Linn, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul
RFF Discussion Paper 14-01 | January 2014
Related journal article
 
Reliability in the Electricity Industry under New Environmental Regulations
Dallas Burtraw, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Blair Beasley, and Matthew Woerman
Energy Policy | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 12-18
 
The Institutional Blind Spot in Environmental Economics
Dallas Burtraw
Daedalus | Vol 142, No. 1. | pp.110-118 | Related Discussion Paper 12-41
 
Flexible Mandates for Investment in New Technology
Dalia Patino Echeverri, Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
Journal of Regulatory Economics | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 12-14
 
Economic Ideas for a Complex Climate Policy Regime
Dallas Burtraw and Matt Woerman
Energy Economics | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 13-03-REV2
 
Testimony
Dallas Burtraw
Informational and Oversight Hearing | California Senate Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation | Sacramento, CA | May 16, 2013
 
Carbon Mitigation Status in the U.S.: Secular Trends, Regional Carbon Trading and the Clean Air Act
Dallas Burtraw
Asia Pacific Energy Regulatory (APER) Forum | Federal Energy Regulatory Commission | Washington DC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission | August 1, 2012
 
Climate Policy Design with Correlated Uncertainties in Offset Supply and Abatement Cost
Harrison Fell, Dallas Burtraw, Richard D. Morgenstern, Karen L. Palmer
Land Economics | Vol. 88, No. 3 | 589-611
 
Are Flexible Policies not too Complex to Implement?
Dallas Burtraw and Herman Vollebergh
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Prague | European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Prague | June 27, 2012
 
Robust Instrument Choice when Environmental Regulations Spill Over
Dallas Burtraw, David A. Evans, Corjan Brink, Herman Vollebergh
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, Prague | European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics | Prague | June 27, 2012
 
Embracing Complexity: Climate Policy with Imperfect Economies and Federal Governments
Dallas Burtraw
5th Atlantic Workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics, A Toxa, Spain | Fundacion Barrie, Economics for Energy and the research group rede at the University of Vigo | A Toxa, Spain | June 25, 2012
 
Allocating Revenues from California’s Cap-and-Trade Program
Dallas Burtraw
Capitol Hill Briefing: California Institute for Federal Policy Research | California Institute for Federal Policy Research | Washington DC: Rayburn House Office Building | June 13, 2012
 
Summary for Policymakers The True Cost of Electric Power: An Inventory of Methodologies to Support Future Decisionmaking in Comparing the Cost and Competitiveness of Electric Generation Technologies
Dallas Burtraw, Alan Krupnick
Ren21 | June 2012
 
The Consequences of Sub-categorization in a Greenhouse Gas Tradable Performance Standard
Dallas Burtraw, Matt Woerman
Annual Meeting | Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Ashville, TN | June 4, 2012
 
What Have We Learnt from the European Union’s Emissions Trading System?
Markus Wråke, Dallas Burtraw, Åsa Lofgren and Lars Zetterberg
Ambio | 41: 12-22.
 
Retail Electricity Price Savings from Compliance Flexibility in GHG Standards for Stationary Sources
Dallas Burtraw, Matt Woerman and Anthony Paul
Energy Policy | 42 | 67-77 | Related Discussion Paper 11-30
 
Social Safety Nets and US Climate Policy Costs
Joshua Blonz, Dallas Burtraw and Margaret Walls
Climate Policy | Vol. 12, Issue 4 | pp. 474-490
 
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SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
State Efforts to Cap the Commons: Regulating Sources or Consumers?
Dalla Burtraw
29th Annual Research Conference | Association for Public Policy and Management | Washington, D.C. | November 8, 2007
 
State Efforts to Regulate Greenhouse Gases
Dallas Burtraw
Environmental Policy Seminar | Institute of the Environment, University of California, Los Angeles | Los Angeles | November 13, 2007
 
Allocation in the Electricity Sector: Efficiency and Distributional Effects
Dallas Burtraw
Primer Meeting | Energy Bar Association | Washington DC | November 30, 2007
 
New Ideas on Allowance Allocation
Dallas Burtraw
Dinner Speaker | United States Climate Partnership Association | City Club of Washington DC | February 27, 2008
 
Allocation, Auction, Compensation & Efficiency
Dallas Burtraw
Generators for Clean Air | Washington DC | March 13, 2008
 
Property Rights Created Under a Federalist Approach to Tradable CO2 Emissions Policy
Dallas Burtraw, Rich Sweeney
International Conference on Land Policies and Property Rights | Lincoln Land Institute of Land Policy | Cambridge, Mass | June 3, 2008
 
Using Experiments to Explore Behavior in Allowance Markets
Dallas Burtraw
HOPE: How do Policy Instruments Function on a Competitive Electricity Market | Stockholm, Sweden | June 24, 2008
 
A Mechanism for Providing Incentives for Investment in Carbon Capture and Sequestration
Dalia Patino-Echeverri, Karen Palmer, Dallas Burtraw
16th EAERE Annual Conference | European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Gothernburg, Sweden | June 26, 2008
 
Auction Design for Selling CO2 Emission Allowances: AnExperimental Investigation
William Shobe, Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer
16th Annual EAERE Conference | European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Gothenburg Sweden | June 26, 2008
 
An Updated Emissions Trading System: Critical Aspects of Auction Design
Dallas Burtraw
Clipore Stakeholder Forum at the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists Conference | Clipore | Gothenburg Sweden | June 25, 2008
 
Compensation for Electricity Consumers Under a U.S. CO2 Emissions Cap
Anthony Paul, Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer
Reforming Rules and Regulations: Laws, Institutions and Enforcement | CESifo Venice Summer Institute | Venice, Italy | July 18, 2008
 
Testimony
Dallas Burtraw
Preventing Climate Change | U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means | 1100 Longworth House Office Building | September 18, 2008
 
Allocation of CO2 Emissions Allowances to Achieve Compensation Goals
Dallas Burtraw
Climate Series | EPA National Center for Environmental Economics | Washington DC | September 23, 2008
 
Modeling and Other Analytic Approaches
Dallas Burtraw
Assessing Economic Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation | National Academy of Science | Washington DC | October 1, 2008
 
Do We Want to Cap Prices? Can It Be Done?
Dallas Burtraw
Interaction Between the EU ETS and Electricity Markets | Elforsk | Stockholm, Sweden | October 16, 2008
 
The Impossibility of Coordination in US Regional, National and International Policies? A Contrarian View
Dallas Burtraw
The 2008 US Presidential Election: What Might it Mean for International Climate Change Cooperation | Mistra's Climate Policy Research Program | Stockholm, Sweden | October 15, 2008
 
US Regional and National Climate Policy
Dallas Burtraw
U.S.Treasury | October 22, 2008
 
Methodology for Assessing Effects of Technological & Economic Changes on the Location, Timing and Ambient Air Quality Impacts of Power Sector Emissions
Dallas Burtraw and Hugh Ellis
STAR Program Progress Report | EPA | Research Triangle Park, NC | October 28, 2008
 
The Core of Cap and Trade
Dallas Burtraw
Lunchtime Seminar Series | Energy Bar Association | Washington DC | October 24, 2008
 
Design of Cap and Trade for the Electricity Sector
Dallas Burtraw
Fall Legal Conference | Edison Electric Institute | Boston, MA | October 30, 2008
 
The Incidence of U.S. Climate Policy
Dallas Burtraw, Rich Sweeney and Margaret Walls
Seminar | Congressional Budget Office | Washington DC | December 10, 2008
 
Collusion in Multi-Unit Auctions: An Experimental Analysis
Charles Holt, Karen Palmer, Bill Shobe, Dallas Burtraw, Erica Myers
Lunchtime Seminar Series | International Monetary Fund | IMF Washington Office | February 5, 2009
 
Features of the SO2 Emissions Trading Program
Dallas Burtraw
The SO2 Allowance Trading Program and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990: Reflecting on Twenty Years of Policy Innovation | Harvard Kennedy School | Cambridge, MA | May 19, 2011
 
Mitigation Efforts in the US
Dallas Burtraw
Clipore Final Conference - Key Results 2004-2011 | Mistra's Climate Policy Research Program | Stockholm, Sweden | September 21, 2011
 
Mitigation Efforts in the US
Dallas Burtraw
EU Climate Change Policy in the Transition to the New Global Climate Change Reality | European Climate Policy Platform and the Center for European Policy Studies | Brussels, Belgium | September 22, 2011
 
The Changing Tenor of the Climate Policy Debate
Dallas Burtraw
USAEE/IAEE Conference | Association of Energy Economists | Washington DC | October 11, 2011
 
New Instruments under the Clean Air Act
Dallas Burtraw
AB 32 Webinar | Emissions Marketing Association | web | October 14, 2011
 
The Real US Climate Policy
Dallas Burtraw
Seminar for Students | Dickinson College and National Council for Science and the Environment | Washington DC | October 21, 2011
 
Electricity System Reliability under Multiple Environmental Policies
Dallas Burtraw
Innovative Solutions to Complex Policy and Management Problems: Air Pollution and Global Warming | Association of Public Policy and Analysis | Washington DC | November 3, 2011
 
Regulating Greenhouse Gases from Coal Power Plants under the Clean Air Act
Erin Mastrangelo, Josh Linn, Dallas Burtraw
InfraDay | Washington DC | November 4, 2011
 
Regulation and Modeling in the Electric Utility Sector
Dallas Burtraw
EMF 24: Technology Strategies for GHG Reductions and Energy Security | Energy Modeling Forum | College Park, MD | December 1, 2011
 
Perspectives on Cost Containment Allowance Reserves
Dallas Burtraw
Learning Session on Flexibility Mechanisms | Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative | New York | January 24, 2012
 
Pricing Climate Risks
r m cooke and C. Kousky
academic seminar | RFF | May 2, 2011
 
Rethinking environmental federalism in a warming world
Dallas Burtraw
The Next Round of Climate Economics | Washington DC | October 17, 2011
 
GHG Regulation for Power Plants under the Clean Air Act
Dallas Burtraw
First Wednesday | Washington DC | December 7, 2011
 
Secular Trends, Environmental Regulations and Electricity Markets
Karen Palmer
Seminar | Georgia Tech | Atlanta, Georgia | April 20, 2012
 
Criteria for Investment of Cap-and-Trade Revenues
Dallas Burtraw
Public Consultation on Investment of Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds | California Air Resources Board | Sacramento | May 24, 2012
 
Regulating Greenhouse Gases from Coal Power Plants under the Clean Air Act
Dallas Burtraw, Josh Linn
Annual Meeting | Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Ashville, TN | June 4, 2012
 
The Consequences of Sub-categorization in a Greenhouse Gas Tradable Performance Standard
Dallas Burtraw, Matt Woerman
Annual Meeting | Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Ashville, TN | June 4, 2012
 
Using Allowance Value for Compensation
Dallas Burtraw
Emissions Marketing Association Webinar | EMA | internet-based | February 15, 2007
 
Economic and Energy Impacts from Maryland's Potential Participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Inititative
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer
Stakeholder Briefing | Maryland Department of the Environment | Baltimore, MD | February 16, 2007
 
Cap-and-Trade Programs for Pollution Reduction
Dallas Burtraw
Global Warming Action Coalition | webinar | April 9, 2007
 
Lessons from RGGI: Allowance Allocation and Compensation and the Implications of Bringing a Neighbor into the Fold
Karen Palmer
Annual Meeting of the Environmental Markets Association | Environmental Markets Association | Cambridge, MA | May 7, 2007
 
Phase 1 Report on Auction Design
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer
RGGI Stakeholder Meeting | RGGI | New York City | May 31, 2007
 
Comments on California's Climate Law
Dallas Burtraw
American Enterprise Institute | Washington DC | June 28, 2007
 
Cap and Trade Policy and Interaction with Electricity Markets
Dallas Burtraw
Capitol Hill Briefing | Climate Policy Center | Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC | June 25, 2007
 
The Architecture of Emission Allowance Markets and Incentives forInvestment in Electricity
Karen Palmer, Dallas Burtraw
Incentives to Build New Generation on Competitive Electricity Markets: Market Design 2007 | Elforsk | Saltsjobaden, Sweden | June 19, 2007
 
International politics of competitiveness: A perspective from the USA
Dallas Burtraw
International Strategies to Address Competitiveness Concerns | University of Cambridge, Electricity Policy Research Group | Berlin, Germany | June 22, 2007
 
The Architecture of Emission Allowance Markets and Incentives for Investment in Electricity
Karen Palmer
STOCON Conference on Incentives to Build New Generation in Competitive Electricity Markets | STOCON | Saltsjobaden, Sweden | June 9, 2007
 
Defining and Measuring Incidence and Burden of Costs
Dallas Burtraw
Information Needs for Analysis of the Effectiveness of Cap-and-Trade Regualtion | University of California, Santa Barbara | Santa Barbara | April 2, 2012
 
Regulating Greenhouse Gases from Coal Power Plants under the Clean Air Act
Josh Linn, Dallas Burtraw
Climate Economics Seminar | EPA National Center for Environmental Economics | Washington DC | April 16, 2012
 
Allocating Revenues from California’s Cap-and-Trade Program
Dallas Burtraw
Capitol Hill Briefing: California Institute for Federal Policy Research | California Institute for Federal Policy Research | Washington DC: Rayburn House Office Building | June 13, 2012
 
Embracing Complexity: Climate Policy with Imperfect Economies and Federal Governments
Dallas Burtraw
5th Atlantic Workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics, A Toxa, Spain | Fundacion Barrie, Economics for Energy and the research group rede at the University of Vigo | A Toxa, Spain | June 25, 2012
 
Are Flexible Policies not too Complex to Implement?
Dallas Burtraw and Herman Vollebergh
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Prague | European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Prague | June 27, 2012
 
Robust Instrument Choice when Environmental Regulations Spill Over
Dallas Burtraw, David A. Evans, Corjan Brink, Herman Vollebergh
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, Prague | European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics | Prague | June 27, 2012
 
United States Climate Change Policy
Dallas Burtraw
UPGN Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar on Climate Change 2012 | UPGN Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar on Climate Change | Washington DC | July 27, 2012
 
Carbon Mitigation Status in the U.S.: Secular Trends, Regional Carbon Trading and the Clean Air Act
Dallas Burtraw
Asia Pacific Energy Regulatory (APER) Forum | Federal Energy Regulatory Commission | Washington DC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission | August 1, 2012
 
Mixing it Up:Power Sector Energy and Regional and Regulatory Climate Policies in the Presence of a Carbon Tax
Karen Palmer
The Economics of Carbon Taxes | American Enterprise Institute | November 13, 2012
 
Testimony
Dallas Burtraw
Informational and Oversight Hearing | California Senate Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation | Sacramento, CA | May 16, 2013
 
Incidence of a Carbon Tax
Jared Carbonne, Dick Morgenstern, Rob Williams and Dallas Burtraw
The Role of a Carbon Tax in Tax Reform and Deficit Reduction | Washington DC | June 26, 2013
 
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