Research Workshops

Each year, CEEPR hosts two Energy and Environmental Policy Research Workshops in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Partnering with the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge, CEEPR also convenes an annual European Energy Policy Conference at varying locations in Europe. Attendance at these events is by invitation only, and the proceedings are subject to Chatham House rules.

 

An established format and the continuity of participation from CEEPR Associates deepen the quality of the discussion and afford our faculty and research affiliates insights that help shape the ongoing research agenda and sustain its relevance. CEEPR Associates have access to presentation slides and video recordings from past meetings. Please follow this link to see the agenda of the latest workshop and archived material from earlier workshop installments. 

Most recent workshop agenda

2017 EPRG & CEEPR Energy Policy Conference | 2017-07-06 | Paris, France


Introduction

Agenda Document

 

Session 1 - Energy Transitions in Europe and in the U.S.

Energy Transition in the U.S. by John Parsons, MIT Document
Energy Transitions and Magical Thinking by David Reiner, EPRG Document

 

Session 2 - Wholesale Market Designs for Future Low-Carbon Energy Systems

Wholesale Market Designs for Future Low-Carbon Electricity Systems by David Newbery, EPRG Document  
Mapping the Market Value of Solar Energy by Patrick Brown, MIT Document Unavailable
Electricity Market Design: Lessons from the "Reforms of the Reforms" by Fabien Roques, Université Paris Dauphine Document

 

Session 3 - The Future of Electricity Distribution Network and Tariff Policy

The Impact of PV and EVs on Network Charges by Michael Pollitt, EPRG Document
The Future of the Electricity Distribution Network and Tariff Policy - The French Case by Etienne Beeker, France Strategie Document
Cost-reflective Prices and Charges: From Theory to Implementation by Carlos Batlle, MIT Document

 

Session 4 - Panel Session: Low Carbon Cities

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris (represented by Yann Francoise) No slides used.
Rebekah Emanuel, Imagine Boston 2030 No slides used.
Christian de Perthuis, Université Paris Dauphine No slides used.
Marcial Echenique, University of Cambridge Document
Eric Salomon, ENEDIS No slides used.

 

Session 5 - Pricing and Fossil Fuel Use

Pricing and Fossil Fuel Use: Fracking, CO2, and Coal by Christopher Knittel, MIT Document
Carbon Pricing for Transport: The Case of U.S. Airlines by Robert Ritz, EPRG Document


Session 6 - Future Business Models for Distributed Energy Resources

From Innovation to Industrialization: ENEDIS Approach to Unleash New Business Models by Alexis Phelizon, ENEDIS Document
Business Models for Distributed Energy Resources: Value Pricing and Efficient Tariff Design by Scott Burger, MIT Document  

Archives

2017

2017 Spring MIT CEEPR Research Workshop | 2017-04-27 | Cambridge, MA


Introduction

Agenda Document
Speaker and Moderator Bios Document

 

Session 1

Improving Policies and Strategies on Natural Gas Markets by Jean-Baptiste Dubreuil and Joël Enderlin, ENGIE Document Video
Tax Preferences for Domestic Oil and Gas Production by Gilbert E. Metcalf, Tufts University Document / Video

 

Session 2

Are Consumers Poorly-Informed about Fuel Economy? Evidence from Two Experiments by Christopher R. Knittel, MIT Document / Video
Compatibility and Investment in the US Electric Vehicle Market by Jing Li,  Harvard University Document / Video

 

Session 3

Internal Carbon Pricing: Trends, Drivers and Outcomes by Nicolette Bartlett, CDP Document / Video
Beyond Carbon Neutral: Global Carbon Program by TJ DiCaprio, Microsoft Corporation Document / Video

 

Session 4

Prospects for a Coal Renaissance by James H. Stock, Harvard University Document / Video
Coal and the Future by Richard Reavey, Cloud Peak Energy Document / Video
Prospects for a Coal Renaissance: Potential New Non-BTU Markets by Kipp A. Coddington, University of Wyoming Document / Video

 

Session 5

NYISO Market Initiatives: Distributed Energy Resource Roadmap and Integrating Public Policy by James Pigeon, NYISO Document / Video
Financial Arbitrage in Electricity Markets by Ignacia Mercadal, MIT Document / Video

 

Session 6

Wind Capacity Investments: Inefficient Drivers and Long-Term Impacts by Ian Schneider, MIT Document / Video
Impact of De-Carbonization Policies on Electricity System Generation Mix by John M. Deutch, MIT Document / Video


Keynote

Keynote Address: An Act Combating Climate Change by Senator Michael Barrett, Massachusetts Senate Document / Video  

 

 

 

2016

2016 Fall MIT CEEPR Research Workshop | 2016-11-17 | Cambridge, MA


Introduction

Agenda Document

Speaker and Moderator Bios Document

 

Session 1

Oil and Gas: Understanding the Changed Context by Sergey Paltsev, MIT Document / Video
The Changing Structure of Energy Futures Markets? by John Parsons, MIT Document / Video

 

Session 2

The Price Elasticity of US Shale Oil Reserves by James Smith, Southern Methodist University  Document / Video
Lower Oil Prices and the US Economy: Is This Time Different by Lutz Kilian, University of Michigan  Document / Video

 

Session 3

The Brazilian Commitment to Combating Climate Change: Energy Production and Use by Mauricio Tolmasquim, Harvard University  Document / Video
Forest Resilience and the Social Cost of Carbon by Sergio Franklin, SUSEP  Document / Video

 

Session 4

How Regressive Are Fuel Economy Standards? by Christopher Knittel, MIT  Document / Video
Black Carbon Emissions: Technology and Policies in the Transport Sector by Thomas Brewer, ICTSD  Document / Video

 

Session 5

Nuclear: Grand Opportunities and Grand Challenges by Jacopo Buongiorno, MIT Document / Video
Nuclear Highlights by Charles Rossmann, Southern Company Document / Video

 

Session 6

Energy Storage and Renewable Energy by Jesse Jenkins, MIT  Document / Video
Renewable Energy Mandates: Integrating Rapid Growth in Wind and Solar by Bill White, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center  Document / Video
Integrating Wind Energy by Mary Ellen Paravalos, National Grid  Document / Video


Keynote

UK Energy Market Reform by Michael Grubb, University College London Document / Video

 

 

 

Transatlantic Perspectives on Energy Storage: Technology, Policy, and Finance | 2016-10-21 | MIT Samberg Conference Center


Introduction

Agenda Document
Speaker and Moderator Bios Document

 

Session 1

Technology: Energy Storage as a Key Enabler of a New Electrification Wave Video
Yet-Ming Chiang, MIT  Document
Marcus Müller, TUM   Document
Michael Aziz, Harvard University  Document
Stefan Andreas Meyer, Kreisel Electric  Document

 

Session 2

Business Roundtable: Perspectives of Industry Incumbents and Disruptors Video
Kristin Brief, Ambri Document
Sandeep Dudhwewala, National Grid Document
Archan Padmanabhan, Tesla Motors  

 

Session 3

Economics: Making Energy Storage Profitable
Link to Recording: 
Video
David Wozabal, TUM  Document
Jesse Jenkins, MIT  Document
Thomas Greve, University of Cambridge  Document
Ted Loch-Temzelides, Rice University  Document

 

Session 4

Policy Roundtable: Market Design for Energy Storage and Hybrid Systems Video
Jason Burwen, Energy Storage Association Document
Christopher Parent, ISO New England  Document
Stephen Pike, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center  Document
Helena Teschner, Bundesverband Energiespeicher e.V.  Document


Keynote

Judith F. Judson, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Document /  Video

 

 

 

2016 EnBW-MIT CEEPR Energy Policy Conference: Predicting the Unpredictable | 2016-09-08 | Berlin, Germany


Introduction

Agenda Document
Speaker and Moderator Bios Document

 

Session 1

Social Influences on Decision Making: Unwanted Bias or Helpful Support by Bernhard Streicher, University of Health Sciences Hall i.T.  Document
Analytical Decision Making, Heuristics or Gut Feelings? by Shabnam Mousavi, John Hopkins University  Document

 

Session 2

A Risk Perspective on European Markets by Christoph Weber, University Duisburg-Essen Document
Technological Uncertainty in Energy: The Importance of Relying on Markets by Christopher Knittel, MIT Document

 

Session 3

Addressing Uncertainty in Integrated Assessment Modeling by Sergey Paltsev, MIT Document
Addressing Uncertainty in Corporate Decision Making in the Energy Sector by Jorg Jasper, EnBW  Document

 

Session 4

Uncertainty and Climate Policy: Addressing Catastrophe Risk by Robert Pindyck, MIT  Document
Managing Emerging Risks and Uncertainty at Munich Re by Rainer Sachs, Munich Re  Document


Session 5

How to Prepare? Decision Making Under Uncertainty in Practice by Christoph Ruhl, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Document
Strategy Under Uncertainty - How to Use Scenario Technology for Long Term Energy Futures by Karl Rose, World Energy Council  Document

 

2016 CEEPR & EPRG European Energy Policy Conference | 2016-07-07 | Paris, France


Introduction

Agenda Document
Speaker and Moderator Bios Document


Session 1

In Search of Good Energy (Transition) Policy by Patrice Geoffron, University Paris, Dauphine Document
In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy by Michael Pollitt, EPRG Document


Session 2

Fossil Fuel Supply and Energy Security by Christopher Knittel, MIT Document
EU Energy Security by Beatriz Sinobas, European Commission Document


Session 3

Which Smart Electricty Services Contracts Will Consumers Accept? by Laura-Lucia Richer, EPRG Document
New Business Models for the Energy Transition by Fabien Roques, University Paris, Dauphine Document


Session 4

Energy Mix and Climate Change, From Descartes to Alain by Yves Brechet, CEA Document
Is Nuclear the Key to Global Decarbonisation? by Simon Taylor, EPRG  Document


Session 5

Energy Storage: Recent Developments and Future Potential by David Newbery, EPRG Document
The Role of Energy Storage: What is Needed? by Donald Sadoway, MIT Document


Session 6

Panel Session: "Now Comes the Hard Part:" Climate Policy After COP21 by:  
Christian Gollier, Toulouse School of Economics Document
Michael Grubb, University College London  Document
Henry Jacoby, MIT Document  


Keynote

Keynote Address by Dr. Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency  Document

 

 

 

2016 Spring MIT CEEPR Research Workshop | 2016-05-12 | Cambridge, MA

Session 1

Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels by Christopher Knittel, MIT Document / Video
The Outlook for Fossil Fuels ... A Social License to Operate? by Dan Domeracki, Schlumberger Document / Video

 

Session 2

After the Paris Summit: Achieving National Contributions by John Reilly, MIT  Document / Video
Dynamics of Energy Technology Development and Outlook Under the Paris Agreement by Jessika Trancik, MIT  Video

 

Session 3

Lessons Learned from Three Decades of Experience with Cap-and-Trade by Richard Schmalensee, MIT Document / Video
Emissions Trading: Lessons Learned and Prospects for the Future by Michael Mehling, MIT Document / Video


Session 4

 Are There Environmental Benefits from Driving Electric Vehicles? The Importance of Local Factors by Erin Mansur, Dartmouth College Document / Video
Taken for a Ride ... or Not? by Stephen Zoepf, MIT and Stanford University   
   

Dinner Keynote

"Climate, Energy, and Security: Risks and Opportunities" by Kerry Emanuel, MIT Video


Session 5

Air Pollution, Environmental Regulation and the Indian Electricity Sector by Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland Document / Video
Drilling in Drought: Groundwater Extraction in India and China by Ujjayant Chakravorty, Tufts University Document / Video


Session 6

The Impact of Uncertainty on the Need and Design of Capacity Remuneration Mechanisms in Low-Carbon Power Systems by Fernando de Sisternes, MIT and Argonne National Laboratory Document / Video
Challenges in Pricing Retail Electricity Efficiently by Steven Puller, Texas A&M University  Document / Video

 

 

 

2015

2015 Fall MIT CEEPR Research Workshop | 2015-11-19 | Cambridge, MA

Session 1

BP Statistical Review of World Energy June 2015 by Mark Finley, BP  Document / Video
Limit Pricing and the (In)Effectiveness of the Carbon Tax by Julien Daubanes, ETH Zurich  Document / Video

 

Session 2

Valuing CO2 Emissions Changes: Understanding and Applying Social Cost of Carbon by Ann Wolverton, US EPA  Document / Video
Growth Impacts and the Social Cost of Carbon by Frances Moore, UC Berkeley  Document / Video

 

Session 3

Climate Change Policy: The Use and Misuse of Models by Robert Pindyck, MIT  Document / Video
Scenarios, Uncertainty and Decision Support Tools for Climate Policy by Sergey Paltsev, MIT  Document / Video

 

Session 4

Capacity Markets in Everything... Gas Pipeline Edition by John Parsons, MIT  Document / Video
Capacity Remuneration Mechanisms in the EU Electricity Market by Carlos Batlle, Comillas University  Document / Video


Session 5

Vehicle Scrappage and Gasoline Policy by Arthur van Benthem, University of Pennsylvania  Document / Video
Do Firms Pre-buy? Analyzing Strategic Responses to Environmental Regulation by Matthew Zaragoza-Watkins, MIT and EDF  Document / Video

 

Session 6

The Distributional Effects of U.S. Clean Energy Tax Credits by Lucas Davis, UC Berkeley  Document / Video
The Importance of How You Support Clean Technology: Lessons from Biofuels by Christopher Knittel, MIT  Document / Video


 

2015 EPRG & CEEPR European Energy Policy Conference | 2015-07-09 | London, United Kingdom


Introduction

Pre-session address by Erik Bonino, Shell  


Session 1

Setting a Framework for the Energy Transition: Envisioning a Global Carbon Market by Michael Mehling, MIT  Document
Progress with Carbon Markets by Michael Pollitt, EPRG  Document

 

Session 2

 Panel Session: The Role for Gas in the Energy Transition by  
Chris Johnson, Shell  
Robert Ritz, EPRG  Document
Christopher Knittel, MIT  Document
Steven Fries, DECC  

 

Session 3

Energy Transition in China: A Focus on Gas Market Liberalisation by Mallika Ishwaran, Shell  
Financial Arbitrage and Efficient Dispatch in Wholesale Electricity Markets by John Parsons, MIT  Document


Session 4

Reflections on CCS Demonstration: Demonstrate What, When, Where, and Why? by David Reiner, EPRG  Document
Contributions of CCS to the Energy Transition by Howard Herzog, MIT  Document

 

Session 5

Electric Cars: Mass Rollout, but When? by David Newbery, EPRG  Document
Low Carbon Transport Options by Roger Hunter, Shell  Document


Session 6

Trust and International Energy Co-Operation – Case Studies from Europe, Russia, and Beyond by Marc Ozawa, EPRG  Document
The Geopolitics of Gas in Europe: Conflicts between Political Correctness and Natural Gas Analysis by Jonathan Stern, OIES  Document

 

2015 Spring MIT CEEPR Research Workshop | 2015-05-21 | Cambridge, MA

Session 1

Social Physics and Energy by Sandy Pentland, MIT  Document / Video
Learning from Schools about Energy Efficiency by Christopher Knittel, MIT  Document / Video

 

Session 2

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) at a Crossroads by Howard Herzog, MIT  Document / Video
The View from the Bridge: CCUS now to 2025 by S. Julio Friedmann, US Dept. of Energy  Document / Video

 

Session 3

New Markets for Pollution and Energy Efficiency: Credit Trading under Automobile Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Economy Standards by Benjamin Leard, Resources for the Future  Document / Video
Cash for Corollas: When Stimulus Reduces Spending by Jeremy West, MIT  Document / Video

 

Session 4

A Look at Regional Energy Challenges, Trends, and Proposed Infrastructure by Eric Johnson, ISO New England  Document / Video
Building and Operating Energy Infrastructure in North America by Greg Zwick, TransCanada  Document / Video

 

Session 5

C&I Economic Demand Response: Show me the $$$ by Micah Remley, EnerNOC  Video

 

Session 6

Access to Energy: Insights from the Field by Rhonda Jordan, World Bank and Robert Stoner, MIT  Document / Video

 

2014

2014 Fall MIT CEEPR Research Workshop | 2014-11-20 | Cambridge, MA

Session 1

The Geopolitics of Natural Gas by Sergey Paltsev, MIT Document / Video
The Economics of Energy Security by Gilbert E. Metcalf, Tufts University  Document /  Video

 

Session 2

A Perspective on the Clean Power Plan: Stringency and Form by Karen Palmer, Resources for the Future  Document /  Video
Strategic Policy Choice in State-Level Regulation: The EPA’s Clean Power Plan by Christopher R. Knittel, MIT  Document /  Video

 

Session 3

The Evolution of Distributed Resources in New England by Henry Yoshimura, ISO New England  Video
Should Residential PV Receive More Generous Subsidies than Utility-Scale PV? by Richard Schmalensee  Video

 

Session 4

Water-Energy Nexus by Adam Schlosser, MIT  Document /  Video
Does the Environment Still Matter? Daily Temperature and Income in the US by Solomon Hsiang, UC Berkeley  Document /  Video

 

Session 5

Challenges and Policy Options in China's Passenger Transport Sector by Shanjun Li, Cornell University Document /  Video
China’s Energy System in Transition: Insights from the  China Energy and Climate Project at MIT by Valerie Karplus, MIT  Document /  Video

 

Session 6

CAFE Rulemaking Analysis: A Partial Introduction by Kevin Green, US Dept of Transportation Document /  Video
One National Program Enabling Clean Cars from the OEM Perspective by Chris Nevers, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers  Document /  Video


Keynote

CEEPR Keynote Speaker: Transportation Fuels Policy, Biofuels, and the RFS by Jim Stock, Harvard University  Document

 

 

 

2014 CEEPR & EPRG European Energy Policy Conference | 2014-07-02 | Madrid, Spain


Introduction

Pre-session address José María Marín-Quemada (Spanish National Authority for Markets and Competition)


Session 1

European Energy and Climate Outlook for 2030 by David Newbery, EPRG  
Is the EU-ETS Up to the Task? by Michael Mehling, MIT  


Session 2

Challenges and Policy Options in China's Passenger Transport Sector by Shanjun Li, Cornell University

Document /  Video
Ukraine and Security of Gas Supplies to Europe by Kong Chyong, EPRG  


Session 3

3A: Self-Consumption and Net Balancing: Issues and Solutions by Oscar Arnedillo, NERA Economic Consulting  
3B-i: World Energy Outlook 2030: Key trends and Drivers by Marco Baroni, IEA  
3B-ii: World Energy Investment Outlook by Marco Baroni, IEA  


Session 4

Future Utility Models based on Distributed Energy Resources by Agustín Delgado, Iberdrola  
Utilities of the Future by Tomás Gómez, IIT Comillas University  


Session 5

Universalization of electricity supply by Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga, IIT Comillas University  
 Universal access to electricity: models, challenges, and opportunities by Carlos Sallé, Iberdrola  


Session 6

Investments in Generating Capacity: The Role of Risk and Long-term Contracts by John Parsons, MIT  
Towards a Zero Subsidy World? by David Reiner, EPRG  


 

 

2014 Spring MIT CEEPR Research Workshop | 2014-05-15 | Cambridge, MA

Session 1

The Economic Consequences of Hydraulic Fracturing by Christopher Knittel, MIT  
Unconventional Oil and Gas by Francis O’Sullivan, MIT  


Session 2

Renewable Energy and its Impact on Electricity Markets by Michael Greenstone, MIT and Dan Berwick, Borrego Solar Systems Inc.  


Session 3

Anticipating COP-21 Negotiations by Henry D. Jacoby, MIT  
Speculations on Future Directions in U.S. Climate Policy by Joseph E. Aldy, Harvard University  


Session 4

Testing for Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation, Field Experimental Evidence from Energy Demand by Koichiro Ito, Boston University  
Adapting Electricity Markets to Uncertain Futures by David McHale, Northeast Utilities  


Session 5

The Value of Transmission in Electricity Markets: Evidence from a Nuclear Power Plant Closure by Catie Hausman, University of Michigan  
Dispatching Nuclear Power, a Longer-Term Prospective by Charles Forsberg, MIT  


Session 6

The Economics of Attribute-Based Regulation: Theory and Evidence from Fuel-Economy Standards by James M. Sallee, University of Chicago  
Towards Sustainable Mobility, Current Trends and Implications by Wai K. Cheng, MIT  

2013

2013 Fall MIT CEEPR Research Workshop | 2013-11-21 | Cambridge, MA

Session 1

The Value of Distributed Generation by Ignacio J. Perez-Arriaga, MIT  

 

Session 2A & B

The E2e Project: Evidence for Action on Energy Efficiency by Christopher Knittel and Michael Greenstone, MIT  

 

Session 3

Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Marginal Emissions by Erin Mansur, Dartmouth  
Plug-in Electric Vehicles and GHG Emissions by William Chernicoff, Toyota  

 

Session 5B

Economics of Aviation Biofuels by Robert Malina, MIT  

 

Session 6

Economics of Aviation Biofuels by Robert Malina, MIT  
Fungibility and Consumer Choice by Justine Hastings, Brown University  


 

2013 EnBW-MIT CEEPR Energy Policy Conference: Paths towards a New Energy Market Design | 2013-09-05 | Berlin, Germany

Session 1

Utility of the Future by Ignacio J. Perez-Arriaga, MIT  
Functioning of Energy Markets in the Future by Felix Höffler, EWI  


Session 2

Design of Price Zones by Matti Supponen, EU-Commission
Advantages & Disadvantages of Different Market Integration Schemes by Christoph Maurer, Consentec


Session 3

Transmission Planning in Europe by Mats Nilsson, mnCONTEXT
Smart Regulation by Christian von Hirschhausen, TU Berlin


Session 4

Future Design Issues of Wholesale Electricity Markets by Carlos Batlle, Comillas University
Future of Capacity Markets by Annegret Groebel, Bundesnetzagentur


Session 5

Germany as a Solar Role Model for the World by Eicke R. Weber, Fraunhofer ISE
The Value, Costs, and Subsidies for Solar Generation in the US by John Parsons, MIT

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