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Karen L. Palmer
Research Director and Senior Fellow
202-328-5106
palmer@rff.org
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PROFILE
 
Palmer has been a researcher at RFF for more than 20 years and is the first recipient of the Darius Gaskins Chair. She specializes in the economics of environmental and public utility regulation, particularly on issues at the intersection of air quality regulation and the electricity sector. Her work seeks to improve the design of incentive-based environmental regulations that influence the electric utility sector, including controls of multi-pollutants and carbon emissions from electrical generating plants. To this end, she identifies cost-effective approaches to allocating emissions allowances, explores policies targeting carbon emissions and other air pollutants, and efficient ways to promote use of renewable sources of electricity. 
Featured Publications
Secular Trends, Environmental Regulations and Electricity Markets
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, Anthony Paul and Matt Woerman
The Electricity Journal | July 2012 | Vol 25, No. 6 | pp. 35-47 | Related Discussion Paper 12-15
 
A Symmetric Safety Valve
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, Danny Kahn
Energy Policy | Vol. 38, No.19 | pp.4921-4932
 
Energy Efficiency Economics and Policy
Kenneth Gillingham, Richard G. Newell, and Karen Palmer
Annual Review of Resource Economics | Forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 09-13
 
Compensation Rules for Climate Policy in the Electricity Sector
Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
Journal of Public Policy Analysis and Management | Vol. 27, No. 4 | 819-847 | Related Discussion Paper 07-41
 
Modeling the Effects of Changes in New Source Review on National SO2 and NOx Emissions from Electricity-Generating Units
David A. Evans, Benjamin F. Hobbs, Craig Oren and Karen Palmer
Environmental Science and Technology | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 07-01
 
Simple Rules for Targetting CO2 Allowance Allocation to Compensate Firms
Karen Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, Danny Kahn
Climate Policy | Related Discussion Paper 06-28
 
CO2 Allowance Allocation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Effect on Electricity Investors
Dallas Burtraw, Danny Kahn and Karen Palmer
The Electricity Journal | March 2006 | Related Discussion Paper 05-55
 
Retrospective Review of Energy Efficiency Policies
Kenny Gillingham, Richard Newell, and Karen Palmer
Annual Review of Environmenta and Resources | 2006 | 31 | pp. 161-192
 
Cost-Effectiveness of Renewable Electricity Policies
Karen Palmer and Dallas Burtraw
Energy Economics | 2005 | Vol. 27, No. 6 | 873-894 | Related Discussion Paper 05-01
 
The Environmental Impacts of Electricity Restructuring: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Karen Palmer and Dallas Burtraw
Environment & Energy Law & Policy Journal | 2006 | Vol. 1, No. 1 | pp. 171-218
 
SO2 Control by Electric Utilities: What are the Gains from Trade?
Curtis Carlson, Dallas Burtraw, Maureen Cropper, and Karen L. Palmer
Journal of Political Economy | December 2000 | Vol. 108, No. 6 | pp. 1292-1326 | Related Discussion Paper 98-44-REV
 
Winner, Loser or Innocent Victim: Has Renewable Energy Performed as Expected?
James McVeigh, Dallas Burtraw, Joel Darmstadter, and Karen Palmer
Solar Energy | Vol. 68, No. 3 | pp. 237-255 | Related Discussion Paper 99-28
 
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BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS
Price Discovery in Emissions Permit Auctions
Dallas Burtraw, Jacob Goeree, Charles Holt, Erica Myers, Karen Palmer, William Shobe
Experiments on Energy, the Environment and Sustainability. Series Title: Research in Experimental Economics, Volume 14 | R. Mark Isaac, Douglas A. Norton | Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited | 2011
 
State Innovation for Environmental Improvements: Experimental Federalism
Winston Harrington, Karen Palmer, and Margaret Walls
The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Policy, 2nd Edition | Wallace E. Oates, ed. | RFF Press | 2006 | Chapter 22, pp. 123-128
 
Trading Cases: Five Examples of the Use of Markets in Environmental and Resource Management
James Boyd, Dallas Burtraw, Alan Krupnick, Virginia McConnell, Richard G. Newell, Karen Palmer, James N. Sanchirico and Margaret Walls
The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Policy, 2nd Edition | Wallace E. Oates, ed. | RFF Press | 2006 | Chapter 10
 
Renewable Sources of Electricity: Safe Bet or Tilting at Windmills?
Joel Darmstadter and Karen Palmer
The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Policy, 2nd Edition | Wallace E. Oates, ed. | RFF Press | 2006 | Chapter 34, pp.188-192
 
The Effectiveness and Cost of Energy Efficiency Programs
Kenneth Gillingham, Richard Newell and Karen Palmer
The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Policy, 2nd Edition | Wallace E. Oates, ed. | RFF Press | 2006 | Chapter 35, pp. 193-200
 
Cleaning Up Power Plant Emissions
Dallas Burtraw and Karen L. Palmer
New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President | Richard D. Morgenstern and Paul R. Portney, eds. | RFF Press | 2004 | Chapter 8
 
State Innovation for Environmental Improvements: Experimental Federalism
Winston Harrington, Karen L. Palmer, and Margaret Walls
New Approaches on Energy and the Environment: Policy Advice for the President | Richard D. Morgenstern and Paul R. Portney, eds. | RFF Press | 2004 | Chapter 10
 
Toward an Integrated Theory of Open Economy Environmental and Trade Policy
Karen L. Palmer, Arvind Panagariya, Wallace Oates, and Alan J. Krupnick
Environmental Policy and Fiscal Federalism: Selected Essays of Wallace E. Oates | Wallace E. Oates, editor | 2004
 
SO2 Cap-and-Trade Program in the United States: A Living Legend of Market Effectiveness
Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
Choosing Environmental Policy: Comparing Instruments andOutcomes in the Inited States and Europe | Winston Harrington, Richard D. Morgenstern, and Thomas Sterner, eds. | RFF Press | 2004 | Chapter 2
 
Alternating Currents
Timothy J. Brennan, Karen L. Palmer, and Salvador A. Martinez
RFF Press | 2002
 
Electricity Restructuring: Shortcut or Detour on the Road to Achieving Greenhouse Gas Reductions?
Karen L. Palmer
Climate Change Economics and Policy: An Anthology | Michael A. Toman, ed. | RFF Press | 2001
 
Electricity Restructuring: Consequences and Opportunities for the Environment
Dallas Burtraw, Karen L. Palmer, and Martin Heintzelman
International Yearbook of Environmental and Resource Economics, 2001/2002 | Henk Folmer and Tom Tietenberg, eds. | Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar Publishing, Ltd. | 2001
 
Recycling
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Garrick Louis, and Karen L. Palmer
Encyclopedia of Global Change | Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press | November/December 2000
 
A Shock to the System
Timothy J. Brennan, Karen L. Palmer, Raymond J. Kopp, Alan J. Krupnick, Vito Stagliano, and Dallas Burtraw
RFF Press | 1996
 
The Social Costing Debate: Issues and Resolutions
Dallas Burtraw, Hadi Dowlatabadi, Alan J. Krupnick, A. Myrick Freeman III, Karen L. Palmer, and Winston Harrington
Social Costs of Energy: Present Status and Future Trends | O. Hohmeyer and R. Ottinger, eds. | Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag | 1994
 
Using Economic Incentives to Regulate Toxic Substances
Molly K. Macauley, Michael D. Bowes, and Karen L. Palmer
RFF Press | 1993
 
Social Costing of Electricity and the Benefits of Demand Side Management
Karen L. Palmer
Regulatory Responses to Continuously Changing Industry Structures | Charles Stalon, ed. | East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press | 1993
 
Power Plant Fuel Supply Contracts: The Changing Nature of Long-Term Relationships
Karen Palmer, Michael Toman, David Simpson, Peter Fox-Penner
Arlington, VA: Public Utility Reports | 1992
 
  
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