Energy Services

Scholarly Publications

Energy and Economic Development: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge

November 2002

Energy development, interpreted broadly to mean increased provision and use of energy services, is an integral part of enhanced economic development.

Beyond Free Electricity: The Cost of Electric Cooking in Poor Households and a Market-friendly Alternative

July 2005

The South African government is introducing a poverty-reduction policy that will supply households with a monthly 50kWh "Free Basic Electricity (FBE)" subsidy.

The Effects of Power Sector Reform on Energy Services for the Poor

December 2005

This report examines the connections, if any, between efforts to enhance development through electrification of the world's poorest households with the parallel efforts to introduce market forces...

Other Publications

Regulatory Barriers to Lowering the Carbon Content of Energy Services

May 2010

A preliminary list of regulatory barriers that restrain the commercialization of technologies that would reduce the carbon content of energy services consumed in the United States.At the request of...

Why the Lights Went Out: Reform in the South African Energy Sector

April 2015

This case uses the example of South Africa’s electricity sector to explore how ambitious agendas for reform interact with contestation among multiple, divergent interests.

Using Private Equity to Improve Power Distribution in Uganda

January 2016

By the summer of 2004, Fred Kalisa, the Permanent Secretary in Uganda’s Ministry of Energy, had dedicated the past ten years of his life to building his nation’s energy sector and two summers ago...

News

PESD Researchers in Copenhagen for the United Nation's Climate Change Conference

December 2009

Richard Morse and Gang He will be present during the first week of the international climate negotiations at the UN’s COP 15.

PESD receives smart grid research grant from Stanford's TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

November 2010

The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy has awarded four research grants totaling $1.2 million to Stanford University researchers for smart power grid related studies.

PESD receives $100K in research funding from EPRI

January 2011

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) awarded $100K to fund PESD's research project on "Transmission Planning to Support Renewable Energy at Scale and Enhance Wholesale Electricity...

Events

August 2004 Workshop on Energy Transitions

August 18, 2004

This conference was convened by the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town and the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) at Stanford University.

Electricity and the Human Prospect Conference

December 8, 2004

During the 20th century electricity spread from tiny islands of experimental service to become the world's most important energy carrier.

Energy Security for Developing Countries

January 23, 2008

Politicians around the world are in vigorous agreement on the critical importance of "energy security." And yet useful definitions of the term are scarce, as is the recognition that "energy...

Projects

Smart Green Cities

August 2008

In 2008, SPRIE launched a new initiative, "Smart Green Cities", focused on innovation at the intersection of technologies, business, economics, and policy on the urban scale.
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Low-Income Energy Services

Over 1 billion people around the world lack access to electricity, and over 2 billion still cook with traditional biomass fuels, which cause significant mortality through respiratory disease.
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Energy Market Game

PESD has developed a web-based game that allows players to take on the roles of electricity generating companies (“gencos”), electricity retailers, or vertically-integrated utilities in electricity...
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Multimedia

One Year After Japan’s 3/11 Disaster: Reforming Japan’s Energy Sector, Governance, and Economy

February 2012

In the year following Japan’s 3/11 triple disaster of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear incident, fundamental issues in Japan’s political economy are being debated.

One Year After Japan’s 3/11 Disaster: Reforming Japan’s Energy Sector, Governance, and Economy

February 2012

In the year following Japan’s 3/11 triple disaster of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima nuclear incident, fundamental issues in Japan’s political economy are being debated.

People

Mark's profile picture Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar