Governing Cooperative Approaches under the Paris Agreement

As Parties to the Paris Agreement convene in Poland for COP24, they will be negotiating guidance on the implementation of cooperative approaches, which allow countries to use internationally transferred mitigation outcomes towards their national climate pledges. A new CEEPR Working Paper offers insights from theory and practice to inform the negotiations.

The Rationale for Investment in Life Extension of Spanish Nuclear Power Plants

Nuclear power provides more than 20% of Spain's electricity. As each of the 7 plants approaches its 40 year design life, a decision must be made whether to invest in a life extension, considering Spain's goal of reducing GHG emissions. This research shows that life extensions are the least-cost alternative for further reducing GHG emissions.

Dynamic Competition and Arbitrage in Electricity Markets: The Role of Financial Players

Market power is typically an important concern in restructured electricity markets. This paper shows that financial traders, who trade alongside physical buyers and sellers, can increase competitiveness and lead to lower consumer prices by effectively competing with generators and restricting their market power.

Energy Efficiency, Information, and the Acceptability of Rent Increases

In this paper, the authors explore role of imperfect information and attentional biases in the context of energy efficiency investments by quantifying how alternative informational interventions affect tenants' acceptance of rent increases in exchange for improved energy efficiency of their heating appliance.

Does the U.S. Export Global Warming? Coal Trade and the Shale Gas Boom

Christopher Knittel, Konstantinos Metaxoglou, Anson Soderbery and Andre Trindade examine the effect of the US Shale Gas Boom on global trade, consumption of coal, and CO2 emissions and the results show that the total quantity of coal traded around in the absence of the Boom is essentially the same as the actual...

In The News

Dec 6, 2018

Rules to boost fuel economy for passenger vehicles will do more good than harm, new study shows

A recent paper written by a team of researchers from leading universities, including CEEPR Director Christopher Knittel, has been published in Science today. Read about the conclusions here.

Oct 29, 2018

Carbon Capture is Messy and Fraught - But Might Be Essential

Who would pay for a company to sequester carbon underground? MIT economist Christopher Knittel discusses a potential solution in a Wired article here.

Oct 9, 2018

Carbon tax debate: Nobels and IPCC vs. Trump and Doug Ford

In an article in Grist, Professor Christopher Knittel comments on the carbon tax debate. Read the full article here.

Sep 6, 2018

MIT Energy Initiative study reports on the future of nuclear energy

In "The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World," released by the MIT Energy Initiative on Sept. 3, the authors analyze the reasons for the current global stall of nuclear energy...

Aug 15, 2018

Fair, Equitable, and Efficient Tariffs in the Presence of DERs

In a new CEEPR Working Paper, the authors delineate various aspects of equity and fairness that regulators must grapple with when designing electricity tariffs and show that more economically...

Jul 26, 2018

Coordinating Separate Markets for Externalities

In a new CEEPR Working Paper, the authors show that inefficiencies from having separate markets to correct an environmental externality are significantly mitigated when firms participate in an...

Jul 17, 2018

Who Closes First? Ownership and Collusive Early Exits

Climate and energy policies lead to a declining market for the incumbent technologies in electricity markets. Facing the challenge of closures, incumbent firms have incentives to coordinate...

Jun 4, 2018

Measuring Savings from Fault Detection and Diagnostics

Data analytics will play a major role in advancing global energy efficiency and high performance building goals nationally and globally. As the fault detection and diagnostics industry emerges and...

May 9, 2018

We don’t know what climate change will cost — that doesn’t mean we can ignore it

Professor Robert S. Pindyck of MIT and Professor James H. Stock of Harvard University discuss the importance of the social cost of carbon in a new piece on TheHill.

May 1, 2018

Electricity Market Design with Renewables

A new paper compares EU and US electricity market designs, arguing for a focus on correct price formation in the short-term to incentivize investments and reliability. Increased demand-side...

Mar 20, 2018

Restructuring Revisited: Competition and Coordination in Electricity Distribution Systems

In light of the decentralization of the power sector, a new CEEPR Working Paper carefully considers how industry structure regulations impacts competition, market development, and the efficiency of...

Mar 7, 2018

Power Sector Reform and Corruption: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

In this paper, the authors conduct an econometric analysis of the performance of reforms in terms of efficiency, welfare, and economic development in 47 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2002...


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