FSI researchers examine the role of energy sources from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) investigates how the production and consumption of energy affect human welfare and environmental quality. Professors assess natural gas and coal markets, as well as the smart energy grid and how to create effective climate policy in an imperfect world. This includes how state-owned enterprises – like oil companies – affect energy markets around the world. Regulatory barriers are examined for understanding obstacles to lowering carbon in energy services. Realistic cap and trade policies in California are studied, as is the creation of a giant coal market in China.
Recent Scholarly Publications
Questions for the presidential candidates on nuclear terrorism, proliferation, weapons policy, and energy
‘Oorja’ in India: Assessing a large-scale commercial distribution of advanced biomass stoves to households
Carbon in the classroom: Lessons from a simulation of California’s electricity market under a stringent cap and trade system
Disowning Fukushima: Managing the credibility of nuclear reliability assessment in the wake of disaster