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Kate Marvel and Michael May: What is the future of nuclear energy?

June 2011

In a new paper published by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Kate Marvel and Michael May explore the potentially game-changing events for the future of nuclear energy.

Wolak Participating as a Panelist at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2011

May 2011

PESD Director Frank Wolak will be participating in the Uptime Institute Symposium 2011 from May 9-12, 2011.

Thomas Isaacs: The future of nuclear

March 2011

As Japan's troubles continue, CISAC's Thomas Isaacs discusses the future of the nuclear industry.

U.S.-Japan Dialogue: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Job Creation

February 2011

On February 23, John Roos, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Robert Hormats, U.S.

Francis Fukuyama: US democracy has little to teach China

January 2011

The first decade of the 21st century has seen a dramatic reversal of fortune in the relative prestige of different political and economic models.

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...

Zimbabwean activist defends human rights

January 2011

On January 4, the Program on Human Rights at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law launched the Sanela Diana Jenkins International Human Rights Speaker Series featuring activist...

Nathan Eagle on mobile phone usage in the developing world

December 2010

Nathan Eagle, Founder and CEO of txteagle spoke at the weekly Liberation Technology Seminar Series on Dececember 2, 2010 about mobile phone usage in the developing world.

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.

Wolak to be the keynote speaker at the 6th Singapore Electricity Roundtable 2010

October 2010

PESD Director Frank Wolak will be participating in the Singapore Electricity Roundtable 2010 hosted by Energy Market Company (EMC) as the keynote speaker, covering the challenges in developing...

PESD researcher Jeremy Carl's op-ed piece on India's recent climate and energy negotiations with the United States featured in Indian Express

January 2010

Jeremy Carl argues that despite India’s lack of a concrete binding target for significant CO2 emissions reductions, India’s climate commitments come through on other fronts.

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 releases new working paper on potential for CCS technology to capture greenhouse gases in electricity sector

June 2009

Focusing on capture systems for coal-fired power plants until 2030, a sensitivity analysis of key CCS parameters is performed to gain insight into the role that CCS can play in future mitigation...

Bioelectricity promises more 'miles per acre' than ethanol, Science study finds

May 2009

Researchers writing in the May 7th edition of the journal Science, including FSE's David Lobell, find that converting biomass to electricity is a more efficient way to power cars than converting it...

Frank Wolak, an expert in energy and environmental economics, named director of FSI's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD)

April 2009

Frank Wolak, Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Department of Economics and FSI Senior Fellow, is the new director of FSI's innovative Program on Energy and Sustainable...

Study on South African free basic electricity allowance reveals shift in demand

December 2008

PESD affiliates Stephen Davis, Alison Hughes, and Kate Louw publish findings on the impacts of the free basic electricity program in two small rural towns in South Africa.

Victor to teach political economy of energy class again this winter

October 2008

PESD Director David Victor will be teaching "The Political Economy of Energy Policy" in the upcoming winter quarter.

Rai reports on the positive impact of India's energy reforms

October 2008

In an article published by UPenn's Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), PESD research fellow Dr.

New Report on Household Fuel Switching in Rural China Released

August 2008

PESD affiliates and collaborators from China have used rural household survey data in Hubei province to explore patterns of residential fuel use, specifically the use of biomass and coal for...

Wolak Argues Speculators Are Not to Blame for High Oil Prices

August 2008

Energy traders have lately been villainized as the cause of high energy prices, but Frank Wolak shows that the numbers don't support this logic.

Special Issue of the Journal Energy Policy on the Current State of Africa's Energy Systems

July 2008

PESD Affiliate Mark Howells, along with Joe Aldy and Leo Schrattenholzer, have edited a special issue of the journal Energy Policy on the role of energy in Africa's social and economic development....

From Acai to Access: Distributed Electrification in Rural Brazil

July 2008

PESD researcher, Hisham Zerriffi, examines the success and failure in the use of small scale technologies for rural electrification.