Crackdowns in Hierarchies: Evidence from China’s Environmental Inspections

Professor Valerie Karplus and Mengying Wu investigate how firms respond to crackdowns on public policy enforcement by linking the timing of centralized dispatch of environmental inspectors to cities in China with high-frequency observations of air pollution at coal power plants.

Strengths and Weaknesses of Traditional Arrangements for Electricity Supply

Professor Richard Schmalensee provides a broad-brush comparison of performance under traditional arrangements for electricity supply with those that emerged after the world-wide wave of restructuring that began in the 1990s in a new CEEPR Working Paper.

Providing the Spark: Impact of Financial Incentives on Battery Electric Vehicle Adoption

In a new CEEPR Working paper, researchers examine direct financial incentives for consumers that purchase battery electric vehicles. Their analysis estimates that state-level subsidies in the form of vehicle purchase rebates were responsible for an 11% increase in overall BEV registrations in the US from 2011 to 2015.

Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Fuel-Economy Standards

A team of researchers, including CEEPR Director Christopher Knittel, examine the welfare effects of fuel-economy standards and apply their analytical framework to the recent government proposal to roll them back. They find that the rollback proposal suffers from inconsistencies due to a piecemeal equilibrium analysis, which are highlighted in a new CEEPR Working Paper.

Diary of a Wimpy Carbon Tax: Carbon Taxes as Federal Climate Policy

In a new CEEPR Working Paper, Professor Christopher Knittel models the carbon price needed to achieve projected emission reductions under Obama-era vehicle mileage standards, the Clean Power Plan, and a biofuel mandate. He found that a federal carbon price of $7 in 2020 could reduce emissions by the same amount as all of the flagship climate policies adopted by the Obama administration.

In The News

Sep 24, 2019

Should the EU tax imported products according to their CO2 footprint?

In an op-ed on The Rift, CEEPR's Emil Dimanchev outlined the pros of a carbon tax on imports in the EU, stating that pricing CO2 imports would be a win-win for the environment and the EU economy.

Sep 16, 2019

Advancing Towards Better Modeling Practices When Assessing the Value of Energy Storage in Long-term Energy Planning Studies

In a new journal article, CEEPR's Andrés Inzunza and co-authors analyze how overlooking certain details in energy planning models may lead to an underestimation of the value of energy storage.

Aug 12, 2019

Massachusetts needs congestion pricing now

In an Op-ed in the Boston Globe, CEEPR faculty member and MIT Sloan Mitsui Career Development Professor David Keith provides insights in response to MassDOT’s report on traffic congestion.

Aug 1, 2019

Implementing Negative Emissions Technologies

Negative emissions technologies (NETs) are increasingly looked to as a lever to achieve committed decarbonization goals. However, such technologies raise urgent technical questions around their...

Jul 15, 2019

Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Value of Solar Power across U.S. Electricity Markets

Researchers combine electricity prices, emissions rates, and weather data to map the changing value of PV at ~10,000 locations across the US. Cost declines are found to have outrun value declines,...

Jul 1, 2019

MITEI awards seven Seed Fund grants for early-stage energy research

Namrata Kala and Christopher Knittel plan to examine key policy levers for meeting electricity demand and renewable energy growth without jeopardizing system reliability in the developing world.

Jun 29, 2019

Weakening the state’s renewable energy standards is bad for Ohioans’ health

In this commentary, CEEPR Senior Research Associate Emil Dimanchev discusses research on the effects of Ohio’s RPS on air quality and human health.

Jun 28, 2019

The Rise Of American Oil

On the Indicator, an NPR podcast show, Stacey Vanek Smith talks to Christopher Knittel, an economist at MIT, about what caused the turnaround in the oil dynamic between the US and OPEC, and what it...

Jul 1, 2019

Decentralized Economic Dispatch for Radial Electric Distribution Systems

Innovative methods for dispatching power at the residential level must be explored as more DERs are entering the market. This CEEPR Working Paper explains how power dispatching works today, and...

Jun 17, 2019

On the Efficiency of Competitive Energy Storage

FERC recently issued Order 841, which is intended to open wholesale energy markets to merchant storage providers. In this Working Paper, Prof. Richard Schmalensee explores the validity of the...

Jun 13, 2019

Researchers: Bitcoin's Carbon Footprint Equal to Las Vegas

In The New York Times, Christian Stoll discusses findings first published in a CEEPR Working Paper on the carbon footprint of virtual currency.

May 30, 2019

Millennials Like Cars As Much As Boomers Do

Christopher Knittel is P&Qs' Professor of the Week. Everybody knows that Millennials marry later and buy fewer homes than previous generations did. But when it comes to cars, that conventional...


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