Past Seminar

New Realities for US Energy Security

Nov 30, 2017 Video

This RFF seminar opened with brief remarks by RFF Senior Fellow Richard Morgenstern, followed by a presentation from Howard Gruenspecht (formerly of the US Energy Information Administration and Department of Energy) on the economic and political factors that have led to a very different oil security picture than the country faced decades ago.

Energy and Electricity
Working Paper

Informing SPR Policy through Oil Futures and Inventory Dynamics

Nov 2, 2017 | Richard G. Newell, Brian C. Prest | 25 pp.
New analysis provides guidance and insight on the impacts of using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
Energy and Electricity
Past Seminar

Solutions for Food Security: Urban Food Hubs

Nov 6, 2017

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and Resources for the Future invite you to join Sabine O’Hara, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) and Landgrant Programs of the University of the District of Columbia, as she explores the question: can cities contribute to food security and nutritional security?

Development and Environment
Journal Article

Where Did the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Trades Go? Lessons from Virginia Water Quality Trading Programs

Oct 2, 2017 | Kurt Stephenson, Leonard A. Shabman | pp. 1178–1194

The Roles of Energy Markets and Environmental Regulation in Reducing Coal-Fired Plant Profits and Electricity Sector Emissions

Oct 23, 2017 | Joshua Linn, Kristen McCormack | 24 pp.
Market forces explain much of the US electricity sector NOx emissions reductions and nearly all coal plant retirements.
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

Monetizing Global Pollution Impacts for The Lancet’s New Report

Oct 20, 2017 | Maureen L. Cropper, Alan J. Krupnick
A new report from The Lancet finds that the global burden of pollution on human health is much larger than commonly believed.
Air Quality
Blog Post

Informing Transparency in the Paris Agreement: The Role of Economic Analyses

Oct 19, 2017 | Brian Flannery
Economic analyses by non-state actors will be essential to understand progress under the Paris Agreement.
Climate Change
Past Seminar

Pathways to Animal Domestication: A Continuing Journey

Oct 24, 2017

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and Resources for the Future invite you to join NMNH archaeologist Melinda Zeder as she brings together genetics, animal sciences, and archaeology to trace the diverse and continuing pathways that humans and their animal partners traveled into domestication.

Development and Environment Ecosystems

Decommissioning US Power Plants: Decisions, Costs, and Key Issues

Oct 18, 2017 | Daniel Raimi | 52 pp.
This report describes costs and key issues for power plant owners after a coal, gas, oil, wind, or solar plant retires.
Energy and Electricity

Systems Analysis in Electric Power Sector Modeling: Evaluating Model Complexity for Long-Range Planning

Oct 18, 2017 | John Bistline, Daniel Shawhan, Geoffrey Blanford, Francisco de la Chesnaye, Alan J. Krupnick, Biao Mao, Nidhi Santen, Ray Zimmerman | 96 pp.
This report examines more sophisticated modeling for benefit-cost analysis of electricity policies and infrastructure.
Energy and Electricity