External Working Paper

Making the Best of the Second-Best: Welfare Consequences of Time-Varying Electricity Prices

Nov 1, 2016 | Joshua Blonz | 52 pp.
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

How Reliable Is DOE’s Grid Reliability Study?

Aug 28, 2017 | Alan J. Krupnick, Daniel Shawhan, Paul Picciano
DOE’s new report is a helpful addition to the debate over how to improve the reliability and resilience of the US power grid as the industry continues to evolve—but it lacks discussion of two key issues, cybersecurity and environmental sustainability.
Energy and Electricity
Report

Expanding the Toolkit: The Potential Role for an Emissions Containment Reserve in RGGI

Aug 22, 2017 | Dallas Burtraw, Charles Holt, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, William Shobe | 33 pp.
This research and analysis demonstrates that an emissions containment reserve (ECR) would provide several important benefits to help improve the functioning of the market for emissions allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Climate Change
Report

North American Energy Integration: Assessing Oil and Gas Policy Issues ahead of NAFTA Renegotiation

Aug 16, 2017 | Alan J. Krupnick, Amin Asadollahi, Juan Carlos Belausteguigoitia Rius, Kristin Hayes, Isabel Echarte, Philip Gass, Daniella Echeverria | 61 pp.
Mexico, Canada, and the United States stand to benefit from increasing energy sector interconnectedness and coordination. What key environmental and fiscal policy areas related to oil and gas development provide opportunities for further harmonization?
Climate Change Energy and Electricity International
Past Webinar

Mitigating the Effects of Energy Resource Booms on Water Consumption

Aug 22, 2017 Video

Rapid resource development can impact local communities through numerous channels. This webinar focuses on water withdrawals for natural gas development and the impact of related government regulations.

Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

A Bad Idea: Subsidizing Coal

Aug 11, 2017 | Alan J. Krupnick
A $15 subsidy on every ton of eastern coal burned was recently proposed by WV Governor Jim Justice. However, although the coal industry may experience some benefits from this subsidy, it will not improve national security as the governor says.
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

On the Health Impacts of Fracking: Where the Public Debate Misses the Mark

Aug 11, 2017 | Isabel Echarte, Alan J. Krupnick
Public debate and media coverage about the impacts of fracking on public health continue to muddy the (already opaque) waters about an issue that is likewise not well understood by health professionals.
Energy and Electricity
Report

Impacts of Unconventional Oil and Gas Booms on Public Education: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Six Producing States

Aug 10, 2017 | Nathan Ratledge, Laura Zachary | 43 pp.
We examine the effect of energy resource booms on preK–12 public schools by combining statistical analysis and in-person interviews with education professionals across six major oil- and gas-producing states.
Energy and Electricity
Blog Post

Carbon Capture and Sequestration Is Needed and Improving Despite Kemper Project Shutdown

Aug 3, 2017 | Alan J. Krupnick, Jan Mares
The challenge of making CCS a cost-effective option for reducing carbon dioxide emissions is one of price. In the United States, further development of CCS technologies will require federal financial support specifically designed to do so.
Climate Change
Report

Consumer Inattention and Demand for Energy Cost Savings

Aug 3, 2017 | Benjamin Leard | 35 pp.
New research suggests that inattentive consumers significantly undervalue vehicle fuel cost savings. Policies designed to encourage greater consumer attention would likely increase the fuel economy of vehicles on the road and reduce GHG emissions.
Energy and Electricity