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Market Design in a Zero Marginal Cost Intermittent Renewable Future

June 2020

The basic features of an efficient short-term wholesale market design do not need to change to accommodate a significantly larger share of zero marginal cost intermittent renewable energy from wind...

Learning about Electricity Market Performance with a Large Share of Renewables from the COVID-19 Lock-Down

June 2020

We show that the negative demand shock due to the COVID-19 lock-down has reduced net-demand system demand less the amount of energy produced by intermittent renewables and net imports that must be...

An Experimental Comparison of Carbon Pricing Under Uncertainty in Electricity Markets

May 2020

We report on an economic experiment that compares outcomes in electricity markets subject to carbon-tax and cap-and-trade policies.

Breaking routine for energy savings: An appliance-level analysis of small business behavior under dynamic prices

May 2020

Small businesses are typically committed to providing a positive customer experience and therefore may exhibit a response to dynamic electricity prices different from residential or industrial...

Promoting Energy Efficiency in Emerging Economies Through Consumer Education: Results From a Field Experiment in Mexico

March 2020

AbstractWe report on the results of a field experiment in Puebla, Mexico that informed randomly-selected households facing a nonlinear price schedule about how different electricity-consuming...

The downstream air pollution impacts of the transition from coal to natural gas in the United States

January 2020

The recent shift in the United States from coal to natural gas as a primary feedstock for the production of electric power has reduced the intensity of sectoral carbon dioxide emissions, but—due to...

Assessing Opportunities for Solar Lanterns to Improve Educational Outcomes in Rural Off-Grid Regions: Challenges and Lessons from a Randomized Controlled Trial

September 2018

Solar lanterns are promoted across rural Sub-Saharan Africa to improve both lighting in homes and educational outcomes.

Rural energy access through solar home systems: Use patterns and opportunities for improvement

April 2017

Abstract Solar photovoltaic (PV) products are touted as a leading solution to long-term electrification and development problems in rural parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Electricity Market Design and Renewables Integration in Developing Countries

February 2017

This paper identifies the key features of successful electricity market designs that are particularly relevant to the experience of low-income countries.

Efficient, Secure Green: Digital Utopianism and the Challenge of Making the Electrical Grid “Smart”

December 2013

Abstract: Electrical grids have long depended upon information infrastructures—systems for exchanging information about electricity generation, transmission, distribution, and use.

An Ancillary Services Payment Mechanism for the Chilean Electricity Supply Industry

July 2011

This report proposes an ancillary services payment mechanism for the Chilean electricity supply industry. This is accomplished in three steps.

When It Comes to Demand Response, Is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission its Own Worst Enemy?

October 2009

The traditional approach to demand response of paying for a customer's electricity consumption reductions relative to an administratively set baseline is currently being advocated by the Federal...

Report on Market Performance and Market Monitoring in the Colombian Electricity Supply Industry

July 2009

This report points out a number of aspects of the existing electricity market design in Colombia that could be contributing to the periods of high short-term prices observed several times since...

Managing Demand-Side Economic and Political Constraints on Electricity Industry Re-structuring Processes

June 2009

This paper identifies the major political and economic constraints that impact the demandside of electricity industry re-structuring processes.

Beyond free electricity: The costs of electric cooking in poor households and a market-friendly alternative

November 2006

The South African government is introducing a poverty-reduction policy that will supply households with a monthly 50 kWh 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...

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.

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.


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