Limiting global climate change will require widespread decarbonization of the power sector and electrification of the economy. RFF's research and policy engagement holistically evaluates market designs and federal, state, and local policies to facilitate a smooth transition to a decarbonized power sector that serves a broad range of sectors and energy needs.
Leveraging the IRA to Achieve 80x30 in the US Electricity Sector
This working paper explores how a federal emissions cap could build on the emissions reductions promised by the Inflation Reduction Act.
Reforming Resource Adequacy Practices and Ensuring Reliability in the Clean Energy Transition
This report introduces the emerging challenges for resource adequacy planning, reform options, and insights from a February 2023 RFF workshop of subject matter experts.
Transmission 101: Transmission Planning
his explainer discusses the nuts and bolts of transmission planning, relevant actors, and recent policy developments.
Carbon Capture and Storage
Modeling how carbon capture and storage technologies will affect emissions and the economy
Clean Air Act Regulations
Analyzing policy solutions for states to achieve compliance
Clean Energy Standards
Working with policymakers to provide economic analysis on potential legislation
Analyzing the role of coal in the global and domestic energy sectors
Exploring how these markets respond to uncertainties
Exploring emissions reductions through electrification of the US economy
Energy Efficiency and Demand-Side Management
Examining policies to help close the existing energy efficiency gap
Engineering, Economic, and Environmental Electricity Simulation Tool (E4ST)
The E3 CGE model is a multi-period, economy-wide general equilibrium model of the United States with international trade.
Examining the implications of advancing nuclear power technologies for the economy and environment
Evaluating the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of clean energy policies
Analyzing programs in place through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Karen Palmer is a senior fellow at Resources for the Future and an expert on the economics of environmental, climate and public utility regulation of the electric power sector.
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow
Dallas Burtraw is the Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow at RFF. Burtraw’s research includes analysis of the distributional and regional consequences of climate policy and the evolution of electricity markets, including renewables integration.
Daniel Shawhan is a fellow at RFF. His research focuses on predicting and estimating the effects of electricity policies, including environmental ones.
Brian C. Prest
Fellow; Director, Social Cost of Carbon Initiative
Brian Prest is an economist and fellow at Resources for the Future specializing in climate change, oil and gas, and energy economics.
Tim Brennan is a senior fellow at RFF. His primary research interests are regulatory economics and competition policy, with applications to the electricity, telecommunications, and postal sectors.
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