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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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SELECTED PRESENTATIONS
The Provisions for Clean Coal and Renewables in Electricity Supply in the Energy Policy Act of 2005
Karen Palmer
Taking Measure of U.S. Energy Policy: A Review of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 | Resources for the Future | November 2, 2005
 
Efficient Emission Fees in the U.S. Electricity Sector
H. S. Banzhaf, D. Burtraw, and K. Palmer
World Congress of Environmental Economists | Monterey, CA | June 2, 2002
 
Emission Reduction Strategies for the Electricity Sector and Their Impact
Karen Palmer
Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Protection in New York: Linking Science and Policy | New York State Energy Research and DEvelopment Authority | Albany, New York | October 26, 2005
 
A POSTER TITLED: Reducing Emissions from the Electricity Sector: Costs and Benefits Nationwide and in the Empire State
Karen Palmer
Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Protection in New York: Linking Science and Policy | New York State Energy Research and Development Authority | Albany, New York | October 25, 2005
 
Methodology for Assessing the Effects of Technological and Economic Changes on the Location, Timing and Ambient Air Quality Impacts of Power Sector Emissions
Hugh Ellis, Dallas Burtraw, Ben Hobbs
EPA STAR Future Air Polluting Emissions Progress Review Workshop | EPA | Washington DC | November 7, 2005
 
Allocation of Emissions Allowances in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Cap and Trade Program: Asset Values and Compensation
Karen Palmer
Electric Utilities Environment Conference | Electric Utilities Environment Conference | Tucson, AZ | January 23, 2006
 
Where Equity and Efficiency Do Not Collide: The Initial Distribution of Emission Allowances in RGGI
Dallas Burtraw
Framework Convention on Climate Change | United Nations | Montreal Canada | December 8, 2005
 
Mandatory Carbon Regulations: Federal Proposals, Regional Policies and Some Important Particulars
Karen Palmer
Wind Project Finance and Investment Workshop | American Wind Energy Association | Houston, Texas | April 19, 2006
 
Ammonia and Methane Emissions from Livestock Operations: Valuation and Policy Options
Shih, Jhih-Shyang, Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer and Juha Siikamaki
Agricultural Air Quality: State of the Science | Ecological Society of America | Potomac, MD | June 8, 2006
 
Compensation Rules for Climate Policy in the Electricity Sector
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer
Summer Institute 06 -- Workshop on Public Policy and the Environment | National Bureau of Economic Research | Boston, MA | July 27, 2006
 
Retrospective Examination of Demand Side Efficiency Policies
Karen Palmer
US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Planning, Analysis and Evaluation Seminar | US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy | DOE Headquarters | August 24, 2006
 
Overview of the RFF Haiku Electricity Market Model
Karen Palmer
Renewable Energy and Efficiency Modeling Analysis Partnership (REMAP) In-Person Meeting | National Renewable Energy Lab, DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US EPA | Washington, DC | November 3, 2006
 
Dynamic Adjustment to Incentive-Based Environmental Policy to Improve Efficiency and Performance
Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
Market Mechanisms and Incentives; Applications to Environmental Policy | EPA | Washington DC | October 17, 2006
 
Mandatory Carbon Regulation: Federal Proposals, Regional Policy in the Northeast and Some Thoughts on Allocation
Karen Palmer
IPU Annual Conference | Institute for Public Utilities, Michigan State University | Richmond, VA | December 6, 2006
 
Realizing RGGI: Designing, Implementing and Expanding a Regional CO2 Cap and Trade Program for the Electricity Sector
Karen Palmer
Public Utility Research Center Annual Conference | Public Utility Research Center at University of Florida | Gainesville, Florida | February 16, 2007
 
Air Emissions of Ammonia and Methane from Livestock Operations: Valuation and Policy Options
Jhih-Shyang Shih, Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, and Juha Siikamaki
Trans-Atlantic INFRADAY Conference on Applied Infrastructure Modeling and Policy Analysis | College Park, MD | November 2, 2007
 
Allowance Allocation and other CO2 Policy Design Issues for the Electricity Sector
Karen Palmer
ELCON Winter Workshop | Electricity Consumers Resource Council (ELCON) | Las Vegas, Nevada | February 5, 2008
 
Can We Green the Grid? Linking Transmission and Renewable Energy Policies
Shalini Vajjhala, Anthony Paul, Rich Sweeney, and Karen Palmer
PURC Annual Conference - The Real Climate Change: Planning and Investing Under Uncertainty | Public Utility Research Center (PURC), University of Florida | Gainsville, FL | February 6, 2008
 
Where Equity and Efficiency Do Not Collide: The Enormous Wealth Allocation in Carbon Cap-and-Trade Programs
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer
Southern Economic Association Meetings | Washington DC | November 18, 2005
 
Discussant of paper on Enhanced Oil Recovery and Carbon Capture and Sequestration
Karen Palmer
Summer Institute Energy and Environmental Economics Workshop | National Bureau of Economics Research | Cambridge, Massachusetts | July 22, 2008
 
Compensation Rules for Climate Policy in the Electricity Sector
Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
Workshop Fall 06 | Atlantic Energy Group | Washington DC | November 3, 2006
 
Auctioning CO2 Allowances in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Program
Karen Palmer
RFF Washington Breakfast | Washington, DC | October 7, 2008
 
Demand-Side Efficiency Programs: Effectiveness and Links to Climate Policy
Karen Palmer
Energy Efficiency: Beyond the Wish | Center for Strategic and International Studies | Washington, DC | October 22, 2008
 
Auctioning CO2 Allowances in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) Program
Karen Palmer
RFF New York Breakfast | New York, New York | October 8, 2008
 
Electricity Consumption Efficiency: A Top Down Assessment of Potential
Karen Palmer
Transatlantic Infraday | University of Maryland, Dresden University of Technology, DIW Berlin | Washington, DC | November 14, 2008
 
Auction Design for Selling CO2 Emission Allowances Under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Karen Palmer
Meeting of Western Climate Initiative Working Groups 3 and 6 | Western Climate Initiative | Conference Call | January 21, 2009
 
Auctioning Emission Allowances Under a Loose Cap: An Experimental Analysis of Auction Design
Karen Palmer
AERE session at ASSA meetings | Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | San Francisco, CA | January 3, 2009
 
Greening the Grid
Shalini Vajjhala and Karen Palmer
WCEE Brown Bag Lunch Seminar | Women's Council on Energy and the Environment | Resources for the Future | February 10, 2009
 
Innovations in Federal Climate and Energy Policy and Implications for Maryland
Karen Palmer
RESI Economic Outlook Conference | Towson University | Columbia, Maryland | February 20, 2009
 
Toward Assessing Policies to Promote Renewables
Karen Palmer
Assessing the Energy Options: A Workshop to Share Ideas and Preliminary Results | Resources for the Future | March 12, 2009
 
Haiku Model Results: EMF25 Preliminary
Karen Palmer
2nd Meeting of EMF 25 on Energy Demand | Energy Modeling Forum at Stanford University | Stanford University | April 21, 2009
 
Paving the Way for Climate Policy: Compensation for Electricity Consumers and Producers under a CO2 Cap and Trade Policy
Karen Palmer
Market Mechanisms and Incentives: Applicaitons to Environmental Policy | EPA National Center for Environmental Economics and National Center for Environmental Research | Washington, DC | April 29, 2009
 
Center for Climate Change and Electricity Policy
Ray Kopp and Karen Palmer
RFF DC Breakfast | RFF | April 9, 2010
 
Cost Effectiveness of Electricity Energy Efficiency Programs
Karen Palmer
Fourth World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists | AERE and EEARE | Montreal, Canada | June 30, 2010
 
Policies to Promote Renewables and Clean Sources of Electricity
Karen Palmer
Toward a New National Energy Policy: Assessing the Options | Resources for the Future | June 23, 2010
 
Haiku: The RFF Electricity Market Model
Anthony Paul and Karen Palmer
Workshop on Energy-Climate modeling Focusing on Regional Impacts and Renewable Generation | Electric Power Research Institute | Washington, DC | October 28, 2010
 
Modeling Policies to Promote Renewables and Low Carbon Sources of Electricity
Karen Palmer
USAEE/IAEE Annual Meeting | US Association of Energy Economists | Alberta, Calgary, Canada | October 14, 2010
 
Flexible Mandates for Investment in Carbon Capture and Storage
Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
RFF Pizza Lunch | RFF | October 21, 2010
 
Promoting Renewables and Clean Electricity
Karen Palmer
International Emissions Trading Association Carbon Forum North American | IETA | Washington, DC | March 15, 2011
 
Flexible Mandates for Investment in Carbon Capture and Storage
Karen Palmer and Dallas Burtraw
POWER Conferences | The Energy Istitute at Haas, University of California at Berkeley | Berkeley, CA | March 17, 2011
 
Cost Effectiveness of Electricity Energy Efficiency Programs
Karen Palmer
Seminar at University of Maine | University of Maine Department of Economics | Orono, Maine | March 25, 2011
 
Supply Curves for Conserved Electricity
Karen Palmer
Seminar at the Climate and Energy Decision Making Center at Carnegie Mellon University | Pittsburge, VA | April 5, 2011
 
Clean Energy Standards and Electricity Markets
Karen Palmer
American Antitrust Institute Energy Roundtable | American Antitrust Institute | Arlington, Virginia | April 12, 2011
 
Clean Energy Standards for Electricity
Karen Palmer
Environmental Federalism: Current Issues and Opportunities | Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy | Washington, DC | May 23, 2011
 
Cost Effectiveness of Electricity Energy Efficiency Programs
Karen Palmer
AERE Inaugural Annual Meeting | Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Seattle, Washington | June 9, 2011
 
Decarbonizing the Electricity Sector
Karen Palmer
CSIS/NCAC 15th Annual Washington Energy Policy Conference | Center for Strategic and International Studies and the National Capital Area Chapter of the USAEE | Washington, DC | March 30, 2011
 
Cost Effectiveness of Electricity Energy Efficiency Programs
Karen Palmer
RFF and Universtity of Chicago Energy Policy Symposium | Washington, DC | June 21, 2011
 
EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Flexible Performance Standards for Energy Efficiency
Dallas Burtraw and Nathan Richardson
Webinar | Southern Company | August 30, 2011
 
Flexible Cost Management
Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
Webinar | Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. | August 24, 2011
 
Consumer and Industry Response to the Pricing of CO2 Emissions
Karen Palmer
CD Howe Institute Policy Conference: The Economics of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Control in Canada | CD Howe Institute | Toronto, Ontario Canada | December 7, 2007
 
Discussant of paper on effects of water pollution regulation on profitability of chemical firms.
Karen Palmer
AERE session at ASSA meetings | AERE | New Orleans, LA | January 4, 2008
 
Why Auction?
Karen Palmer
Midwest Governors Association Cap and Trade Conference | MIdwest Governor's Association, Pew Climate Trust, World Resources Institute | Detroit, Michigan | April 13, 2008
 
Compliance Responsibility And Allowance Allocation In A CO2 Emissions Cap-and-Trade Program For The Electricity Sector In California
Karen Palmer
California Climate Conference | California Energy Commission | Sacramento | September 10, 2008
 
Participant in panel on Energy Modeling and Policy.
Karen Palmer
Energy Modeling Forum 25: Energy Demand | Stanford University | Washington, DC | November 6, 2008
 
Discussant of two papers on energy efficiency.
Karen Palmer
POWER Conference | Energy Institute at Haas Business School at UC Berkeley | Berkeley, CA | March 18, 2010
 
Introducing CCS into electricity sector investments
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, Dalia Patino
Big CCS | Cicero | Trondheim Norway | March 2, 2011
 
Modeling a Clean Energy Standard
Karen Palmer
USAEE/IAEE Annual Conference | US Association of Energy Economics | Washington, DC | October 11, 2011
 
Modeling a Clean Energy Standard
Karen Palmer
seminar at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University | Indiana University SPEA | Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana | October 28, 2011
 
Compensation Rules for Climate Policy in the Electricity Sector
Karen Palmer
Electric Utility Environmental Conference | US DOE, EPRI, EEI, C Trade | Tucson, Arizona | January 22, 2007
 
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
 
Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Information Gap: Results from a Survey of Home Energy Auditors
Karen Palmer
BECC Conference | ACEEE and Precourt Center for Energy Efficiency at Stanford | Washington, DC | December 1, 2011
 
Secular Trends, Environmental Regulations and Electricity Markets
Karen Palmer
Seminar | Georgia Tech | Atlanta, Georgia | April 20, 2012
 
Measuring Leakage from California's AB32 Program
Karen Palmer
Workshop on Information Needs for Analysis of AB32 | Bren School UCSB and California Air Resources Board | Santa Barbara, CA | April 2, 2012
 
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
 
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
 
Discussion of “The Short-Run and Long-Run Effects of Behavioral Interventions” and “The Disappointing Welfare Impact of Indirect Pigouvian Taxation
Karen Palmer
Present and Prospect: The Work of John M Quigley | Lincoln Land Institute | Cambridge, Massachusetts | October 22, 2012
 
Sustainability, Energy and Climate: The Role of a Clean Energy Standard
Karen Palmer
USAEE North American Conference | USAEE | Austin, TX | November 5, 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
 
Energy Efficiency
Karen Palmer
RFF First Wednesday on the Future of Fuels | Resources for the Future | November 28, 2012
 
The Role of Energy Efficiency: What we don't know and how to find out
Karen Palmer
AAAS Annual Meeting | Session Organized by Armond Cohen of Clean Air Task Force | Conference in Chicago (via web) | February 15, 2014
 
  
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