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Dallas Burtraw
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow
202-328-5087
burtraw@rff.org
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PROFILE
 
Dallas Burtraw is one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental regulation in the electricity sector. For two decades, he has worked on creating a more efficient and politically rational method for controlling air pollution. He also studies electricity restructuring, competition, and economic deregulation. He is particularly interested in incentive-based approaches for environmental regulation, the most notable of which is a tradable permit system, and recently has studied ways to introduce greater cost-effectiveness into regulation under the Clean Air Act. 
Featured Publications
The Costs and Consequences of Greenhouse Gas Regulation under the Clean Air Act
Dallas Burtraw, Josh Linn, Karen Palmer and Anthony Paul
American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings | 104(5) | 557-562 | Related Discussion Paper 14-01
 
Two World Views on Carbon Revenues
Dallas Burtraw and Samantha Sekar
Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences | March 2014 | Vol. 4, No. 1 | 110-120 | Related Discussion Paper 13-32
 
Regulating Greenhouse Gases in the Electricity Sector under the Clean Air Act
Joshua Linn, Erin Mastrangelo, and Dallas Burtraw
Journal of the Association for Environmental and Resource Economics | Spring/Summer 2014 | Vol. 1, No. 1/2 | pp. 97-134 | Related Discussion Paper 13-05
 
The Costs and Consequences of Clean Air Act Regulation of CO2 from Power Plants
Dallas Burtraw, Joshua Linn, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul
RFF Discussion Paper 14-01 | January 2014
Related journal article
 
Reliability in the Electricity Industry under New Environmental Regulations
Dallas Burtraw, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Blair Beasley, and Matthew Woerman
Energy Policy | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 12-18
 
The Institutional Blind Spot in Environmental Economics
Dallas Burtraw
Daedalus | Vol 142, No. 1. | pp.110-118 | Related Discussion Paper 12-41
 
Flexible Mandates for Investment in New Technology
Dalia Patino Echeverri, Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
Journal of Regulatory Economics | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 12-14
 
Economic Ideas for a Complex Climate Policy Regime
Dallas Burtraw and Matt Woerman
Energy Economics | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 13-03-REV2
 
Testimony
Dallas Burtraw
Informational and Oversight Hearing | California Senate Select Committee on Climate Change and AB 32 Implementation | Sacramento, CA | May 16, 2013
 
Carbon Mitigation Status in the U.S.: Secular Trends, Regional Carbon Trading and the Clean Air Act
Dallas Burtraw
Asia Pacific Energy Regulatory (APER) Forum | Federal Energy Regulatory Commission | Washington DC: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission | August 1, 2012
 
Climate Policy Design with Correlated Uncertainties in Offset Supply and Abatement Cost
Harrison Fell, Dallas Burtraw, Richard D. Morgenstern, Karen L. Palmer
Land Economics | Vol. 88, No. 3 | 589-611
 
Are Flexible Policies not too Complex to Implement?
Dallas Burtraw and Herman Vollebergh
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Prague | European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Prague | June 27, 2012
 
Robust Instrument Choice when Environmental Regulations Spill Over
Dallas Burtraw, David A. Evans, Corjan Brink, Herman Vollebergh
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, Prague | European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics | Prague | June 27, 2012
 
Embracing Complexity: Climate Policy with Imperfect Economies and Federal Governments
Dallas Burtraw
5th Atlantic Workshop on Energy and Environmental Economics, A Toxa, Spain | Fundacion Barrie, Economics for Energy and the research group rede at the University of Vigo | A Toxa, Spain | June 25, 2012
 
Allocating Revenues from California’s Cap-and-Trade Program
Dallas Burtraw
Capitol Hill Briefing: California Institute for Federal Policy Research | California Institute for Federal Policy Research | Washington DC: Rayburn House Office Building | June 13, 2012
 
Summary for Policymakers The True Cost of Electric Power: An Inventory of Methodologies to Support Future Decisionmaking in Comparing the Cost and Competitiveness of Electric Generation Technologies
Dallas Burtraw, Alan Krupnick
Ren21 | June 2012
 
The Consequences of Sub-categorization in a Greenhouse Gas Tradable Performance Standard
Dallas Burtraw, Matt Woerman
Annual Meeting | Association of Environmental and Resource Economists | Ashville, TN | June 4, 2012
 
What Have We Learnt from the European Union’s Emissions Trading System?
Markus Wråke, Dallas Burtraw, Åsa Lofgren and Lars Zetterberg
Ambio | 41: 12-22.
 
Retail Electricity Price Savings from Compliance Flexibility in GHG Standards for Stationary Sources
Dallas Burtraw, Matt Woerman and Anthony Paul
Energy Policy | 42 | 67-77 | Related Discussion Paper 11-30
 
Social Safety Nets and US Climate Policy Costs
Joshua Blonz, Dallas Burtraw and Margaret Walls
Climate Policy | Vol. 12, Issue 4 | pp. 474-490
 
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OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Commentary: Saving Europe’s Key Weapon against Climate Change
Dallas Burtraw
Resources | 2014 (187)
 
Goings On: Highlights from Recent Events at RFF
Juha V. Siikamäki, Dallas Burtraw, James W. Boyd, Jon A. Krosnick
Resources | 2014 (186)
 
Resources Magazine: 185
Phil Sharp, Molly K. Macauley, Dallas Burtraw, Arthur G. Fraas, Winston Harrington, Richard D. Morgenstern, James W. Boyd, Jared Carbone, Alan J. Krupnick, Juha V. Siikamäki
Resources | 2014 (185)
 
Putting a Price on Carbon: Who Gets the Revenue? An Interview with Dallas Burtraw
Dallas Burtraw
Resources | 2014 (185)
 
Getting to an Efficient Carbon Tax: How the Revenue is Used Matters
Jared Carbone, Richard D. Morgenstern, Roberton C. Williams III, Dallas Burtraw
Resources | 2014 (185)
 
Commentary: Leading on Climate Policy: The Experiences of California and Sweden
Dallas Burtraw, Daniel F. Morris, Lars Zetterberg
Resources | 2013 (184)
 
Goings On: Highlights of RFF's Recent Contributions to Shaping Environmental Policy
Molly K. Macauley, James W. Boyd, Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, P. Lynn Scarlett, William A. Pizer, Richard D. Morgenstern
Resources | 2013 (184)
 
Resources Magazine: 184
Phil Sharp, Dallas Burtraw, Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, Carolyn Kousky, Joshua Linn, Daniel F. Morris, P. Lynn Scarlett, Roger A. Sedjo, Margaret A. Walls
Resources | 2013 (184)
 
Considering a US Carbon Tax: Frequently Asked Questions
Joseph E. Aldy, Timothy J. Brennan, Dallas Burtraw, Jared Carbone, Carolyn Fischer, Robert Kopp, Molly K. Macauley, Richard D. Morgenstern, Daniel F. Morris, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Nathan Richardson, Roberton C. Williams III
Resources | 2013 (Digital Issue)
 
Whither Markets for Environmental Regulation?
Dallas Burtraw, Arthur G. Fraas, Margaret A. Walls, Leonard A. Shabman
Resources | 2013 (183)
 
Goings On: Highlights of RFF's Recent Contributions to Shaping Environmental Policy
Kenneth J. Arrow, Sheila M. Olmstead, Dallas Burtraw, Arthur G. Fraas, Margaret A. Walls, Leonard A. Shabman, P. Lynn Scarlett, Ian W.H. Parry, Molly K. Macauley, Roberton C. Williams III, Richard D. Morgenstern, Karen L. Palmer, Allen Blackman, Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, James W. Boyd, Carolyn Fischer
Resources | 2013 (183)
 
Resources Magazine: 183
Phil Sharp, Dallas Burtraw, Maureen L. Cropper, Joel Darmstadter, Arthur G. Fraas, Kristin Hayes, Leonard A. Shabman, Margaret A. Walls
Resources | 2013 (183)
 
What is the Value of Being First? Perspectives from the California and Sweden Experiences
Dallas Burtraw, Daniel F. Morris, Lars Zetterberg
Workshop Summary | May 2013
 
Resources Magazine: 182
Phil Sharp, James W. Boyd, Dallas Burtraw, Carolyn Fischer, Kristin Hayes, Richard D. Morgenstern, Peter Nelson, Nathan Richardson, Warren C. Robinson, Juha V. Siikamäki, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Roberton C. Williams III
Resources | 2013 (182)
 
Goings On
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Alan J. Krupnick, Carolyn Fischer, Randall Lutter, Margaret A. Walls, Dallas Burtraw, Sheila M. Olmstead, Karen L. Palmer, Joseph E. Aldy
Resources | 2013 (182)
 
The Institutional Blind Spot in Environmental Economics
Dallas Burtraw
Resources | 2013 (182)
 
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Acid Rain Program
Juha V. Siikamäki, Dallas Burtraw, Joseph Maher, Clayton Munnings
Backgrounder | November 2012
 
Resources Magazine: 181
Phil Sharp, Blair Beasley, Dallas Burtraw, Joel Darmstadter, Kristin Hayes, Alan J. Krupnick, Karen L. Palmer, Anthony Paul, Roger A. Sedjo, James Smith, Matthew Woerman
Resources | 2012 (181)
 
Goings On
James Smith, Anthony Paul, Carolyn Fischer, James W. Boyd, Elisheba Beia Spiller, Sheila M. Olmstead, Molly K. Macauley, Phil Sharp, Carolyn Kousky, Raymond J. Kopp, Dallas Burtraw, Alan J. Krupnick, Yusuke Kuwayama , P. Lynn Scarlett, Karen L. Palmer
Resources | 2012 (181)
 
Clean Air Regulations and the Electricity Sector
Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, Anthony Paul, Blair Beasley, Matthew Woerman
Resources | 2012 (181)
 
The Effect of Natural Gas Supply on Retail Electricity Prices
Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, Matthew Woerman, Blair Beasley
Issue Brief 12-05 | August 2012
 
Introduction to California’s Cap-and-TradeProgram
Dallas Burtraw, David McLaughlin, and Sarah Jo Szambelan
American Bar Association Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems Committee Newsletter | Vol. 15, No. 3 | 14-18
 
Introduction to California’s Cap-and-Trade Program
Dallas Burtraw, David McLaughlin, Sarah Jo Szambelan
American Bar Association: Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee Newsletter
 
Opportunities for Flexibility and Cost Savings within EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Rules
Dallas Burtraw, Arthur G. Fraas, Samuel Grausz, Joshua Linn, Karen L. Palmer, Nathan Richardson
Workshop Summary | July 2011
 
Prevailing Academic View on Compliance Flexibility under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act
Dallas Burtraw, Nathan Richardson, Michael B. Gerrard, Gregory E. Wannier, Michael A. Livermore, Jason A. Schwartz
Open Letter to Lisa Jackson
 
Overcoming Political Barriers
Dallas Burtraw
The Environmental Forum | 28(2) | March/April 2011 | 27
 
How Do the Costs of Climate Cap and Trade Affect Households?
Josh Blonz, Dallas Burtraw and Margaret Walls
Proceedings of the 103rd Annual Conference on Taxation, Washington DC: National Tax Association | forthcoming | 2011
 
How Do the Costs of Climate Cap and Trade Affect Households?
Josh Blonz, Dallas Burtraw and Margaret Walls
National Tax Journal Conference Proceedings | forthcoming | 2011
 
The Return of an Old and Battle-Tested Friend, The Clean Air Act
Nathan Richardson, Arthur G. Fraas, Dallas Burtraw
Resources | Fall 2010 (176)
 
Crafting a Fair and Equitable Climate Policy: A Closer Look at the Options
Dallas Burtraw, Richard Sweeney, Margaret A. Walls
Resources | Fall (170)
 
Auctions and Revenue Recycling Under Carbon Cap-and-Trade
Dallas Burtraw
Resources | Spring 2008 (168)
 
Managing Costs in a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Trading Program: Workshop Summary
William A. Pizer, Dallas Burtraw
Resources | Spring 2008 (168)
 
Our Global Commons
Phil Sharp, Molly K. Macauley, Juha V. Siikamäki, Hellen Gelband, Dallas Burtraw, Richard D. Morgenstern
Resources | Spring 2008 (168)
 
The Electricity Sector and Climate Policy
Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw
Issue Brief CPF-11 | November 2007
 
The Architecture of Emission Allowance Markets and Incentives for Investment in Electricity
Karen Palmer, Dallas Burtraw
Incentives to Build New Generation on Competitive Electricity Markets: Market Design 2007 | Elforsk
 
Cap and Trade Policy to Achieve Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets
Dallas Burtraw
Growing the Economy Through Global Warming Solutions
 
Valuation of Air Emissions from Livestock Operations and Options for Policy
Shih, Jhih-Shyang, Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer and Juha Siikamaki
Workshop on Agricultural Air Quality: State of the Science | Ecological Society of America | Workshop on Agricultural Air Quality: State of the Science | North Carolina State University | 6/5/06 | 327-340
 
Comments to U.S. Senate Discussion on Climate Policy
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer
Formal Comments
 
Building Infrastructure for Climate Policy
Dallas Burtraw
Mistra report
 
Forever Wild, But Do We Care? How New Yorkers Value Natural Resource Improvement; Resources
H. Spencer Banzhaf, Dallas Burtraw, David Evans, Alan J. Krupnick
Resources | Summer 2005 (158)
 
Emission Trading and Allowance Distribution
Dallas Burtraw
Second Generation Issues Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association | Vol. 3, No. 2
 
Capping Emissions: How Low Should We Go?
Karen L. Palmer, Spencer Banzhaf, and Dallas Burtraw
Public Utilities Fortnightly | December 2002 | Vol. 140, No. 2 | pp. 28-36
 
Proposed Regulation of Multiple Pollutants in Electricity Sector is Historic: But is it Sensible?
Spencer Banzhaf, Dallas Burtraw, and Karen Palmer
Resources | Summer 2002 | Issue 148 | pp. 2-5
 
Designing the Right Multi-Pollutant Plan
Dallas Burtraw
The Environmental Forum | May/June 2002 | Vol. 19, No. 3 | pp. 52-53
 
Three Pollutants and an Emission: A Playbill for the Multipollutant Legislative Debate
Dallas Burtraw
Brookings Review | Spring 2002 | Vol. 20, No. 2 | pp. 14-17, 48
 
The Distributional Impacts of Carbon Mitigation Policies
Richard D. Morgenstern, Dallas Burtraw, Lawrence H. Goulder, Mun Ho, Karen L. Palmer, William A. Pizer, James N. Sanchirico, Jhih-Shyang Shih
Issue Brief 02-03 | March 2002
 
Carbon Emission Trading Costs and Allowance Allocations: Evaluating the Options
Dallas Burtraw
Resources | Fall 2001 (145)
 
Book review of Markets for Clean Air
Dallas Burtraw
Regional Science and Urban Economics | Vol. 32, No. 1 | January 2001 | pp. 139-144
 
The Ancillary Benefits and Costs of Climate Change Mitigation: A Conceptual Framework
Dallas Burtraw, Alan Krupnick, and Anil Markandya
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Workshop | OECD/IPCC | Ancillary Benefits and Costs of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation | Paris, France: OECD | 2000 | pp. 53-94
 
Estimating the Ancillary Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Policies in the U.S.
Dallas Burtraw and Michael A. Toman
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Workshop | OECD/IPCC | Ancillary Benefits and Costs of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation | Paris, France: OECD | 2000 | pp. 481-514
 
Innovation Under the Tradable Sulfur Dioxide Emission Permits Programme in the U.S. Electricity Sector
Dallas Burtraw
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Workshop | OECD
 
Summary of the Science of Acidification in the Adirondack Park
Alan J. Krupnick, Joe Cook, Anthony Paul, Terrell Stoessell, and Dallas Burtraw
2000
 
RAINS-ASIA: A Critique and Guide to Future Research
Dallas Burtraw, Alan Krupnick
Technical Paper, Resources for the Future
 
Renewable Energy: Winner, Loser, or Innocent Victim?
Dallas Burtraw, Joel Darmstadter, Karen L. Palmer, James McVeigh
Resources | Spring 1999 (135)
 
Simulation Results of Alternative Schemes for Allocating NOx Emission Allowances
Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, and Anthony Paul
(mimeo) | 1999
 
The Opportunity for Short Run Carbon Mitigation in the Electricity Sector
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, and Anthony Paul
Electric Utilities Environmental Conference | Air & Waste Management Association
 
Assessing the Impact of Electricity Restructuring on the Environment in Maryland
Diane Brown, Matt Kahal, Dallas Burtraw, Julie Ross, and Mark Garrison
EM | August 1998
 
Book review of Acid Rain and Environmental Degradation, by Ger Klaassen
Dallas Burtraw
Journal of Economic Literature | 1998
 
Experience with Allowance Trading: Performance to Date and Lessons for Regulatory Policy
Dallas Burtraw and Douglas R. Bohi
Specialty Conference of the Air & Waste Management Association | Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) | Acid Rain & Electric Utilities II | Pittsburgh, PA: AWMA | 1997
 
The Ancillary Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Policies
Dallas Burtraw, Michael A. Toman
RFF Climate Issue Brief #7 | October 1997
 
A Poor Measure of Success: Reply
Dallas Burtraw and Douglas R. Bohi
The Electricity Journal | Vol. 10, No. 9 | (letter to the editor) | 1997 | pp. 6-7
 
Economic Benefits of Emissions Reductions
Dallas Burtraw, David Austin, and Alan J. Krupnick
NAPAP's 1996 Integrated Assessment | Report to U.S. Congress | 1997
 
Design and Performance of Pollution Trading Programs
Dallas Burtraw and Brian Kropp
NAPAP's 1996 Integrated Assessment | Report to U.S. Congress | 1997
 
Evaluation of Sulfur Dioxide Emission Allowance Trading
Dallas Burtraw and Douglas R. Bohi
The Workshop on Market-Based Approaches to Environmental Policy | Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) | Market Tools for Green Goals | Chicago, IL: CBOT | 1997
 
Book review of Sustaining Coastal Resources: Economics and the Natural Sciences, Charles S. Colgan, ed.
Dallas Burtraw
Coastal Management | Vol. 24, No. 3 | July-September 1996 | pp. 271-276
 
The Ancillary Benefits of Avoiding Climate Change
Dallas Burtraw (with several co-authors)
Climate Change Analysis Workshop | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | Conference Proceedings
 
Call It Pollution Rights, But It Works
Dallas Burtraw
The Washington Post | March 31, 1996
 
Air Quality and Electricity
Dallas Burtraw, Alan J. Krupnick, Karen L. Palmer
Resources | Spring (123)
 
Trading Emissions to Clean the Air: Exchanges Few but Savings Many
Dallas Burtraw
Resources | Winter 1996 (122)
 
The Social Benefits of Social Costing Research
Alan J. Krupnick, Dallas Burtraw, and Karen L. Palmer
The First Workshop on Energy Externalities: The External Costs of Energy | European Commission (EC), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Energy Agency (IEA) | Proceedings of the First EC/OECD/IEA Workshop on Energy Externalities: The External Costs of Energy | Brussels, Belgium: EC | 1995
 
Recommendations to NAPAP Regarding SO2 Emission Projections
Dallas Burtraw, Douglas R. Bohi and John Reid
Mimeo, Resources for the Future
 
Estimating Externalities of Electricity Fuel Cycles
Dallas Burtraw, Alan J. Krupnick, Russell Lee, et al.; Oak Ridge National Laboratories/Resources for the Future
Estimating Externalities of Electricity Fuel Cycles
 
Rumors of the Demise of RECLAIM Greatly Exaggerated
Dallas Burtraw and Alan J. Krupnick
Regulation | No. 4 | (letter to the editor) | 1994
 
Comment on Pollution Trading in La La Land, by James L. Johnston
Dallas Burtraw
Regulation | No. 3 | 1994
 
The Social Costing Debate: Issues and Resolutions
Dallas Burtraw, Hadi Dowlatabadi, Alan J. Krupnick, A. Myrick Freeman III, Karen L. Palmer, and Winston Harrington
International Conference | Social Costs of Energy: Present Status and Future Trends | Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag | 1994
 
Compensating Losers When Cost-Effective Environmental Policies Are Adopted
Dallas Burtraw
Resources | Summer 1991 (104 )
 
Implementing Market-Based Environmental Policies: The Role of Compensation
Paul R. Portney and Dallas Burtraw
Project 88/Round II Series: Designing Market-Based Strategies for Environmental Protection | April 1991
 
Resolving Equity Issues in Greenhouse Gas Negotiations
Dallas Burtraw, Michael A. Toman
Resources | Summer 1991 (103)
 
Emissions Trading in the Electric Utility Industry
Dallas Burtraw, Douglas R. Bohi, Alan J. Krupnick
Resources | Summer 1990 (100)
 
  
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