Resources for the Future and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation hosted the Energy Research Insights for Decisionmaking conference in Washington, DC on November 29-30. The conference brought together a diverse community of stakeholders for a series of thought-provoking conversations about some of today's most pressing questions in energy and climate policy. Below, please find an overview of the conference's agenda.
Thursday, November 29th
Welcome and Introduction: 9:30–9:45 a.m.
- Evan Michelson, Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
- Kristin Hayes, Program Director, Resources for the Future
Why Research Matters: 9:45–10:45 a.m.
- Joseph Aldy, Harvard University
- Carla Frisch, Rocky Mountain Institute
- Sheila Olmstead, University of Texas
- Jeff Holmstead, Bracewell LLP
- Moderator: Richard Newell, Resources for the Future
Concurrent Sessions: 11:00 AM–12:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions A and B dove deeper into key topics that lie at the intersection of research and decisionmaking. Each session included two research-focused presentations, followed by reflections from two discussants representing government, business, or other sectors setting internal or public policy. Each session concluded with time for open discussion.
- Yueming “Lucy” Qiu, University of Maryland
- Fiona Burlig, University of Chicago
- Eric Matheson, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
- Val Jensen, Exelon Utilities
- Moderator: Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future
- Bill Ritter, Center for the New Energy Economy
- Tisha Schuller, Adamantine Energy
- Mark Brownstein, Environmental Defense Fund
- Kate Konschnik, Duke University
- Moderator: Daniel Raimi, Resources for the Future
Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Researcher “Egg-timers”: 1:15–2:15 p.m.
This session featured short presentations from a number of Sloan-funded pre- and postdoctoral researchers at institutions across the country. Both the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and RFF are proud to support and showcase an impressive next generation of social science researchers.
- Justin Kirkpatrick, Duke University
- Sam Krumholz, University of California - San Diego
- Hyeongyul Roh, Duke University
- Paige Weber, Yale University
- Nahim Zahur, Cornell University
- Moderator: Brian Prest, Resources for the Future
Concurrent Sessions: 2:15–3:30 p.m.
Both Session A and Session B dove deeper into key topics that lie at the intersection of research and decisionmaking. Each session included two research-focused presentations, followed by reflections from two discussants representing government, business, or other sectors setting internal or public policy. Each session concluded with time for open discussion.
- Emily Wimberger, California Air Resources Board
- Janet McCabe, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute
- Kevin Rennert, Resources for the Future
- Trevor Houser, Rhodium Group/Climate Impact Lab
- Moderator: Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland and Resources for the Future
- Michael Caramanis, Boston University
- Emily Fisher, Edison Electric Institute
- Chris Weible, University of Colorado – Denver
- Donald Santa, Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
- Moderator: Alan Krupnick, Resources for the Future
Friday, November 30th
- Bruce Rodan, US Environmental Protection Agency
- John Parker, National Science Foundation
- Irene Krarup, V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation
- Marilu Hastings, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
- Moderator: Evan Michelson, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Accessing and Working with Private Sector and Government Data: 10:15–11:30 a.m.
The availability of big data has revolutionized energy research in a number of ways, but access to valuable private sector and government data continues to present ongoing challenges. What have Sloan grantees learned from previous data-related collaborations? What other opportunities exist for expanded access to and use of large data sets in energy and environment research?
- Kyle Bradbury, Duke University
- Claudia Hitaj, USDA Economic Research Service
- Suzanne Russo, Pecan Street, Inc.
- Daniel M. Sullivan, Resources for the Future
- Moderator: Andrew Stocking, Principle Business Enterprises
Resources for the Future and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation host the closing session of the Energy Research Insights for Decisionmaking conference, in which a panel of distinguished energy and climate journalists share their deep experience in tracking energy and climate policy developments. Given transitions in both the federal and state governments, what insights will a new crop of decisionmakers need?
- Amy Harder, Axios
- Evan Lehmann, E&E News
- Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic
- Moderator: Richard Newell, Resources for the Future
On Thursday, November 29th, RFF Senior Research Associate Daniel Raimi sat down with researchers to discuss projects across a range of topics supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The full interviews are linked below.
Examining New Models for Electricity Pricing, with Beia Spiller, Environmental Defense Fund
- Research Motivation - 1:21
- Electricity Pricing - 3:12
- Demand Charges - 5:03
- Pricing Power Appropriately - 07:13
- Are New Technologies Needed? - 09:20
- Smart Consumption - 10:07
On the Confluence of Research and Policymaking, with Sue Tierney, Analysis Group and Resources for the Future
- Evidence-Based Policy - 03:06
- Non-Evidence Based Policy - 05:28
- Communicating Research Effectively - 07:11
- New Technologies - 11:15
- Technologies of Concern - 14:24
- Policies to Enable Innovation - 16:10
Understanding the Social Cost of Carbon, with Richard Newell and Kevin Rennert, Resources for the Future
- What is the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC)? - 2:00
- Why RFF is Involved - 4:26
- What RFF is Doing - 7:24
- Socioeconomics and the SCC - 8:55
- Updating Climate Damages - 10:51
- Sharing Results on the SCC - 12:36
The New Geopolitics of Energy, with Amy Myers Jaffe, Council on Foreign Relations
- Learning About Energy Geopolitics - 02:02
- The Energy Race - 05:56
- Geopolitics of Decarbonization - 07:17
- More Complex Energy Supply Chains - 12:04
- China and Climate Change - 3:25
Developing Insights Using New Data Tools, with Kyle Bradbury, Duke University