Past Conference

“Conservation Reconsidered” at 50

Sep 8, 2017

On September 8, 2017, Resources for the Future held a conference to honor the 50th anniversary of this article, discuss new developments in the field since it was written, and lay out some current research and policy issues related to the article. 

Environmental Economics Topics
Working Paper

Costs and Benefits of Saving Unprofitable Generators: A Simulation Case Study for US Coal and Nuclear Power Plants

Nov 30, 2017 | Daniel Shawhan, Paul Picciano | 28 pp.
This study estimates benefits and costs of DOE’s proposed profit guarantee for coal and nuclear generators.
Energy and Electricity
Issue Brief

How the Shale Boom Has Transformed the US Oil and Gas Industry

Nov 29, 2017 | Richard G. Newell, Brian C. Prest | 6 pp.
The shale revolution has dramatically changed the position of the United States as an energy producer.
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

Cap-and-Trade Policy Potential in Oregon: Addressing Emissions Leakage

Nov 29, 2017 | Joshua Linn, Kristin Hayes
The distribution of emissions allowances under an Oregon proposal for a carbon cap-and-trade policy can help achieve both economic and environmental goals.
Climate Change
Issue Brief

Combating Emissions Leakage from Oregon’s Industrial Sector

Nov 29, 2017 | Joshua Linn, Dallas Burtraw | 3 pp.
Oregon lawmakers can use the distribution of emissions allowances under a proposed cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions leakage and achieve broader policy objectives.
Climate Change
Blog Post

Calculating Various Fuel Prices under a Carbon Tax

Nov 28, 2017 | Marc Hafstead, Paul Picciano
A new fuel price calculator estimates the impacts of a US carbon tax on the prices of various types of fossil fuels.
Climate Change Energy and Electricity
Report

Oil Supply Shocks, US Gross Domestic Product, and the Oil Security Premium

Nov 30, 2017 | Alan J. Krupnick, Richard D. Morgenstern, Nathan Balke, Stephen P.A. Brown, Ana María Herrera, Shashank Mohan | 28 pp.
This report examines estimates of and approaches to quantifying the costs of US dependence on oil, finding that the oil security premium is likely lower than reported in the existing literature.
Energy and Electricity
Working Paper

Motivating and Evaluating Energy Efficiency Policy

Nov 17, 2017 | Kenneth Gillingham, Amelia Keyes, Karen L. Palmer | 32 pp.
This paper reviews the recent evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency policies.
Energy and Electricity
Past Seminar

The Future of Agriculture: Rebounding Nature

Nov 23, 2017

The National Museum of Natural History and Resources for the Future invite you to join Jesse Ausubel, Director and Senior Research Associate of the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, for a look into the future as he explores how precision agriculture and better sources of food and fuel can benefit the natural world.

Report

Lessons from Integrated Resource Planning and Carbon Trading for Integrating Carbon Adders into Wholesale Electricity Markets

Nov 10, 2017 | Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, Amelia Keyes | 15 pp.
This paper draws on previous research on environmental adder policies and the social cost of carbon to offer lessons for the design of electricity sector carbon adder policies.
Climate Change Energy and Electricity