Roosevelt Project Webinar on Oct. 22

Oct 13, 2021

On Wednesday Oct. 22 from 2-4PM ET, the Roosevelt Project will be holding a webinar to release preliminary findings from the Industrial Heartland case study. Register here.

Taxing new plastic is the cheapest way to address its environmental impact

Oct 07, 2021

In an Op-Ed on TheHill, Professor Christopher Knittel discusses the plastic pollution problem and how a tax on new plastics may help reduce its' added environmental cost.

NBER appoints new co-directors of the EEE Program

Sep 29, 2021

Meredith Fowlie and Christopher Knittel have been appointed as co-directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research's Environment and Energy Economics Program - visit their page here.

How the Gulf Coast Can Lead the Energy Transition

Sep 24, 2021

On Thursday, September 23 at 4PM EDT, the Roosevelt Project held a webinar to release preliminary findings from the Gulf Coast Case Study. A recording of this event can be viewed here.

Policies for Electrifying the Light-Duty Vehicle Fleet in the United States

Sep 10, 2021

The decarbonization of the light-duty vehicle (LDV) fleet in the United States is an important policy priority for the coming decades. The Biden Administration has declared a target of 50% new...

Intermittent versus Dispatchable Power Sources: An Integrated Competitive Assessment

Sep 08, 2021

The cost and revenue earnings potential of alternative power generation sources has shifted considerably in recent years. In this new Working Paper, the authors introduce the concept of Levelized...

How to Reach 50 percent Zero-emission Vehicles

Sep 01, 2021

The transition to EVs is within grasp, if it is supported by the right mix of policies. Prof. Knittel and two co-authors propose policies that Congress can adopt to meet this 50% goal by 2030.

Rust? Trains? Why clean energy is turning to exotic ideas to fix its storage problem

Aug 06, 2021

An article on NBCnews looks at storage solutions, such as Form Energy's iron-air battery technology, and asks CEEPR Director Christopher Knittel for his thoughts on grid-scale storage options.

Lack of Transatlantic Cooperation on Trade Threatens Global Climate Change Goals

Aug 02, 2021

CEEPR's Deputy Director Michael Mehling and the Bipartisan Policy Center's George David Banks discuss border carbon adjustment proposals from both the US and the EU in this piece on The Hill.

Water for a Warming Climate

Jul 14, 2021

California has a pressing need for additional sustainable fresh water supplies. This report explores the feasibility and economic benefits of co-locating a large seawater desalination plant at the...

Facilitating Transmission Expansion to Support Efficient Decarbonization of the Electricity Sector

Jul 08, 2021

Many studies have found that achieving decarbonization targets in a cost-efficient manner will require significant investments in new transmission capacity. However, there are numerous barriers...

Challenges and Opportunities for Decarbonizing Power Systems in the US Midcontinent

Jul 08, 2021

In this paper, the authors assess options for rapid decarbonization of the power system with a focus on coal-reliant states across the midcontinent, where a diversity of entities share...

From Hierarchies to Markets and Partially Back Again in Electricity

Jun 21, 2021

Many electricity sectors are now pursuing deep decarbonization goals which will entail replacing dispatchable fossil generation primarily with intermittent renewable generation over the next 20-30...

Taxes, Oil Prices And Why We're All Quitting Our Jobs: Indicators Of The Week

Jun 15, 2021

In an episode of NPR's Planet Money podcast series, Director Christopher Knittel discusses corporate taxes, the current state of oil prices, and employment trends.

Taxes, Oil Prices And Why We're All Quitting Our Jobs: Indicators Of The Week

Jun 15, 2021

In an episode of NPR's Planet Money podcast series, Director Christopher Knittel discusses the current state of oil prices.

Energy Conversion and Storage: The Value of Reversible Power-to-Gas Systems

Jun 01, 2021

Power-to-Gas technology has recently seen falling acquisition costs and lower conversion efficiency losses. In a new Working Paper, the authors examine the economic potential of reversible...

Spring 2021 Newsletter Released

Jun 01, 2021

The next issue of the CEEPR Newsletter is now online. Read about research work and other collected news items from the past few months here.

MIT CEEPR Research on Carbon Pricing Cited in Congressional Hearing

May 19, 2021

Congressman Scott H. Peters highlights CEEPR study on the benefits of including carbon pricing in a climate policy portfolio.

MIT Unveils a New Action Plan to Tackle the Climate Crisis

May 12, 2021

The plan includes a broad array of new initiatives and significant expansions of existing programs to bring the Institute’s expertise to bear on this critical global issue.

Are “Complementary Policies” Substitutes? Evidence from R&D Subsidies in the UK

May 10, 2021

Fostering innovation is one of the longest-standing and most pressing economic challenges. Governments globally provide subsidies comprising hundreds of billions of dollars each year. A paper by...

On the Path to an Equitable Energy Transition, a New Collaborative Report Provides Insight on How to Get There

Apr 28, 2021

MIT researchers join scholars from across the United States in an analysis of 35 policy proposals to support an equitable energy transition for all communities.

CEEPR Research Referenced in Hydro-Québec CEO’s Vision for Climate Action

Apr 12, 2021

Canada’s leading newspaper highlights CEEPR research that informed Hydro-Québec’s strategic realignment under CEO Sophie Brochu.

The Economics of Grid-Scale Energy Storage

Apr 08, 2021

The transition to a low-carbon electricity system is likely to require grid-scale energy storage to smooth the variability and intermittency of renewable energy. This paper investigates whether...

Resilient Decarbonization for the United States

Mar 19, 2021

The past decade has seen an unprecedented surge of climate change-driven extreme weather events that have wrought over $800 billion in damage and taken more than 5,200 lives across the United...

Electric Cars Are Coming. How Long Until They Rule the Road?

Mar 11, 2021

An article in The New York Times explores how long fleet turnover may take to switch from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles and interviews CEEPR Director Christopher Knittel for his thoughts...

CEEPR Research Featured in Forbes

Mar 05, 2021

CEEPR's oil-battery price calculator used to evaluate prospects for EV uptake in Forbes Magazine. Read the full article here.

Q&A: Clare Balboni on environmental economics

Feb 23, 2021

In this Q&A with MIT SHASS Communications, Professor Clare Balboni describes the burgeoning influence of economics in understanding climate, energy, and environmental issues.

Grid Impacts of Highway Electric Vehicle Charging

Feb 22, 2021

Highway fast-charging (HFC) stations for electric vehicles (EVs) are necessary to address range anxiety concerns and thus to support economy-wide decarbonization goals through the electrification...

Learning from Supply Shocks in the Energy Market

Feb 08, 2021

In this paper, Bora Ozaltun carries out three studies of the local and global impacts of supply shocks in energy markets, including looking at the relationship between power plants, energy prices...

MIT CEEPR Again Ranked Among Top Energy Policy Think Tanks in the World

Feb 05, 2021

For the ninth consecutive year, MIT CEEPR has been ranked among the top ten energy policy think tanks in the world, according to the annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report."

Registration Open for the 2021 MIT Energy Conference

Feb 05, 2021

Held from March 10-12, the 2021 MIT Energy Conference will feature high-profile keynote speakers and panels covering the fossil transition, trends in renewable energy development, and many more.

Energy Storage Investment and Operation in Efficient Electric Power Systems

Jan 26, 2021

Variable renewable energy (VRE) resources, mainly wind and solar, are becoming increasingly important sources of electricity in many regions. In a new CEEPR Working Paper, MIT’s Cristian Junge,...

An Alternative LACE Study on Solar PV

Dec 16, 2020

Renewable generating technologies in the electricity market are often evaluated using the Levelized cost of electricity (LCOE). Using a more holistic approach, this CEEPR Working Paper measures the...

Fall 2020 Newsletter Released

Dec 14, 2020

The next issue of the CEEPR Newsletter is now online. Read about research work and other collected news items from the past few months here.

The Roosevelt Project Releases Mapping Tool

Dec 14, 2020

The Roosevelt Project has created an interactive mapping tool that visualizes the data collected by the research group, down to an individual US county level. You may visit the page here.

Trade-offs in Climate Policy: Combining Low-Carbon Standards with Modest Carbon Pricing

Nov 09, 2020

Past research suggests that choosing between these policies involves trade-offs between the relative efficiency and progressivity of carbon pricing on the one hand and the political acceptability...

Going Beyond Default Intensities in an EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism

Oct 19, 2020

As part of its Green Deal, the EU is currently preparing a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) that will extend carbon pricing to imports with a view to mitigating carbon leakage concerns....

The Future of the Energy Workforce

Oct 14, 2020

Sade Nabahe is a CEEPR Research Assistant working with the Roosevelt Project. Sade shares her experiences interning in Senator Tina Smith’s (D-MN) office as an energy workforce policy fellow.

A price on carbon would benefit competitive power markets

Oct 02, 2020

As federal debate heats up, a Washington Times op-ed co-authored by CEEPR’s Michael Mehling discusses the rationale of carbon pricing in the electricity sector.

Revamped MIT Climate Portal aims to inform and empower the public

Oct 01, 2020

MIT today announced a dramatic overhaul of the MIT Climate Portal,, which provides timely, science-based information about the causes and consequences of climate change.

Distributional Effects of Net Metering Policies and Residential Solar + Storage Adoption

Oct 01, 2020

By using a dataset of 100,000 customers’ half-hourly load data and income quintiles from Chicago, IL, the authors of this Working Paper simulate the operation of residential solar and...

Quantifying the Distributional Impacts of Rooftop Solar Adoption

Sep 16, 2020

A new CEEPR Working Paper shows that residential rooftop solar PV adoption under typical electricity tariffs that inefficiently recover residual costs through volumetric charges creates substantial...

Axios features Roosevelt Project rollout webinar

Sep 11, 2020

In a post on Axios, Amy Harder recaps some highlights from her discussion with MIT's Ernest Moniz during the Roosevelt Project webinar.

The Roosevelt Project Working Papers Now Available

Sep 10, 2020

The first nine Working Papers have been released under the Roosevelt Project, an initiative examining the transitional challenges associated with progress toward a deeply decarbonized U.S. economy....

State Ownership and Technology Adoption

Aug 21, 2020

Many policymakers aim to redirect electric utilities' power plant investments toward renewables. In much of Europe, state-owned and private utilities co-exist in a liberalized market environment,...

2020 Fall Webinar Series

Aug 11, 2020

This series of webinars will take place from August 27 through December 10 and will cover topics including challenges in electricity markets with high shares of renewables, the economic and...

MIT and Wyoming Explore Energy and Climate Solutions

Aug 04, 2020

Members of Wyoming’s government and public university met with MIT researchers to discuss climate-friendly economic growth.

A Multi-control Climate Policy Process for a Designated Decision Maker

Jul 22, 2020

Researchers present an idealized model of optimally-controlled climate change, showing that the four methods of controlling climate damage– mitigation, carbon dioxide removal, adaptation, and solar...

Abatement Strategies and the Cost of Environmental Regulation

Jul 17, 2020

Emission standards are one of the primary policy tools used to reduce CO2 emissions in the passenger vehicle market. This Working Paper studies the 2015 introduction of an EU-wide emission standard...

Evolving Bidding Formats & Pricing Schemes in US and Europe Day-Ahead Electricity Markets

Jul 13, 2020

The increasing penetration of renewable energy as well as storage resources requires adapting bidding formats and pricing schemes. Learning from best practices from both sides of the Atlantic, the...

Competitive Energy Storage and the Duck Curve

Jul 08, 2020

Power systems with high penetrations of solar generation need to replace solar output when it falls rapidly in the late afternoon – the duck curve problem. In this paper, Richard Schmalensee...

The Short-run and Long-run Effects of Covid-19 on Energy and the Environment

Jul 01, 2020

In this commentary, the researchers explore how the short-run effects of Covid-19 in reducing CO2 and local air pollutant emissions can easily be outweighed by the long-run effects of a slowing of...

Public Transit Use Is Associated With Higher Coronavirus Death Rates

Jun 29, 2020

An article in the Wall Street Journal discusses findings from a recent CEEPR Working Paper by Christopher Knittel and Bora Ozaltun on COVID-19 death rates.

Electrifying Transportation: Issues and Opportunities

Jun 25, 2020

In this Working Paper, the researchers examine the global implications of electrifying the transportation fleet. Their analysis covers an array of topics including vehicle cost considerations,...

What Does and Does Not Correlate with COVID-19 Death Rates

Jun 10, 2020

In this CEEPR Working Paper, Professor Knittel and Bora Ozaltun correlate county-level COVID-19 death rates between April 4, 2020 to May 27, 2020 with key variables using both linear regression and...

What We Know and Don't Know About Climate Change, and Implications for Policy

Jun 03, 2020

In a new CEEPR Working Paper, Professor Robert Pindyck explains that we face considerable uncertainty over climate change and its impact, why there is so much uncertainty, and why we will continue...

The Value of Pumped Hydro Storage for Deep Decarbonization of the Spanish Grid

May 22, 2020

Pumped hydro storage (PHS) is an old solution to a new problem - the variability of renewable generation. A new CEEPR Working Paper presents a case study of Spain, demonstrating how PHS...

Welfare Costs of Catastrophes: Lost Consumption and Lost Lives

Apr 15, 2020

In a new CEEPR Working Paper, the authors, which include CEEPR faculty member Professor Robert Pindyck, discuss the economics of catastrophic events such as climate change and global pandemics.

Energy economics class inspires students to pursue clean energy careers

Apr 13, 2020

In a feature on MIT News, Professor Jing Li discusses course 15.0201/14.43 - Economics of Energy, Innovation, and Sustainability.

Optimality Conditions and Cost Recovery in Electricity Markets with VRE and Energy Storage

Mar 17, 2020

In this CEEPR Working Paper, the authors investigate how variable renewable energy and energy storage impacts the formation of prices and optimal investments in electricity markets, using an...

Evidence on the Implicit Carbon Price of Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Mar 02, 2020

Based on data for 548 apartment buildings over 16 years, this paper quantifies the implicit price of carbon associated with more than 400 energy efficiency interventions in 240 treated buildings....

The Key to New York’s Green Dreams May Be Turning Quebec Into a Mega-Battery

Feb 24, 2020

An article in Bloomberg discusses recent findings from a CEEPR Working Paper on the role of Canadian hydropower for deep decarbonization of the US Northeast.

MIT Study Highlights Benefits of a Two-way Exchange of Electricity Between the U.S. Northeast and Quebec as Region Decarbonizes

Feb 12, 2020

States in the Northeastern U.S. can transition to low-carbon electricity at a lower cost by using hydropower reservoirs in Quebec for energy storage according to a new CEEPR Working Paper.

Supply chain resilience in the era of climate change

Feb 11, 2020

Climate risk is everywhere — from flood, fire, and wind to migrating labor and depleted raw materials. MIT experts, including Chris Knittel, talk about what to do now to harden your supply chain.

Designing Effective Auctions for Renewable Energy Support

Feb 05, 2020

Governments use procurement auctions for renewable energy support to stimulate investment in renewable energy. This Working Paper assesses the effect of prevalent auction design elements on...

MIT CEEPR Ranked Among the World's Top Ten Energy and Resource Policy Think Tanks

Feb 03, 2020

For the eighth year in a row, MIT CEEPR has been ranked among the top ten energy policy think tanks in the world, according to the annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report."

Study: State-level adoption of renewable energy standards saves money and lives

Jan 22, 2020

MIT researchers review renewable energy and carbon pricing policies as states consider repealing or relaxing renewable portfolio standards.

Zeroing in on decarbonization

Jan 15, 2020

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the world’s electric energy systems must stop producing carbon by 2050. “My work has shown me that we do have the means to tackle the problem..."

Carbon Price, Competitive Supply, and Consumer Protection

Jan 15, 2020

On January 14, 2020, Professor Christopher Knittel testified before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy at the Massachusetts State House. Read his full statement here.

Using Machine Learning to Target Treatment: The Case of Household Energy Use

Jan 09, 2020

In this Working Paper, the researchers use causal forests to evaluate the heterogeneous treatment effects (TEs) of repeated behavioral nudges towards household energy conservation and find...

Social Comparison and Energy Conservation in a Collective Action Context

Dec 18, 2019

In this CEEPR Working Paper, the authors report results from a social comparison feedback experiment incentivizing a reduction of indoor temperatures during the heating season. Despite the fact...

Machine Learning for Solar Accessibility: Implications for Low-Income Solar Expansion and Profitability

Dec 10, 2019

The US solar industry typically uses a standard credit score as a factor in approving customers for new installations. The authors of this paper compare machine learning and econometric models to...

Getting the carbon out of the electricity sector

Dec 09, 2019

CEEPR faculty members Paul Joskow, David Keith, Christopher Knittel and Jessika Trancik participated in a recent MIT symposium titled “Decarbonizing the Electricity Sector."

Driving Behavior and the Price of Gasoline: Evidence from Fueling-Level Micro Data

Nov 14, 2019

In this CEEPR Working Paper, Professor Christopher Knittel and Professor Shinsuke Tanaka use novel microdata on on-road fuel consumption and prices paid for fuel to estimate short-run elasticities...

Five reasons climate change is the worst environmental problem the world has ever faced

Oct 28, 2019

In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Professor Christopher Knittel lays out five features that combine to make global warming a more vexing environmental crisis than any we have faced before.

Electrification Planning in Developing Countries

Oct 21, 2019

The studies presented in this CEEPR Working Paper employ the Reference Electrification Model (REM) to investigate the value of accurately modeling detailed demand characteristics for...

Crackdowns in Hierarchies: Evidence from China’s Environmental Inspections

Oct 10, 2019

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...

Strengths and Weaknesses of Traditional Arrangements for Electricity Supply

Oct 01, 2019

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...

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

Sep 24, 2019

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.

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

Sep 23, 2019

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...

Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Fuel-Economy Standards

Sep 16, 2019

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...

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

Sep 16, 2019

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.

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

Sep 11, 2019

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,...

Massachusetts needs congestion pricing now

Aug 12, 2019

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.

Implementing Negative Emissions Technologies

Aug 01, 2019

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...

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

Jul 15, 2019

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,...

Decentralized Economic Dispatch for Radial Electric Distribution Systems

Jul 01, 2019

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...

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

Jul 01, 2019

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.

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

Jun 29, 2019

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

The Rise Of American Oil

Jun 28, 2019

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...

On the Efficiency of Competitive Energy Storage

Jun 17, 2019

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...

Researchers: Bitcoin's Carbon Footprint Equal to Las Vegas

Jun 13, 2019

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

Millennials Like Cars As Much As Boomers Do

May 30, 2019

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...

Optimal Commodity Taxation with a Non-renewable Resource

May 07, 2019

When governments need to raise public revenues, they should tax non-renewable resources more than regular commodities according to a dynamic rule. For carbon resources, that means augmenting the...

Why reducing carbon emissions from cars and trucks will be so hard

May 06, 2019

In this article on The Conversation, CEEPR faculty Professors David Keith and Christopher Knittel point out the difficulties facing the transition away from internal combustion engine vehicles.

State would benefit from preserving nuclear power

May 01, 2019

In an article on Press&Journal, John Parsons discusses a vital decision about the place nuclear power will have in Pennsylvania's future.

E7: TIL about carbon pricing

Apr 25, 2019

In this episode of TILclimate (Today I Learned: Climate), MIT economics professor Christopher Knittel joins host Laur Hesse Fisher to break down the complexities of carbon pricing.

Shared Capacity and Levelized Cost with Application to Power-to-Gas Technology

Apr 16, 2019

Power-to-Gas could become a central enabler of the transition towards a sustainable economy by reversibly converting electricity to hydrogen. A new paper shows that it will be competitive with...

Generational Trends in Vehicle Ownership and Use: Are Millennials Any Different?

Apr 01, 2019

Professor Christopher Knittel and CEEPR graduate Elizabeth Murphy delve into the data to determine if conventional thinking regarding Millennials pans out. Their findings indicate there is little...

Don’t Expect Car Ownership to Become Obsolete

Mar 29, 2019

Christopher Knittel and Elizabeth Murphy's recent work on millennial vehicle ownership trends are highlighted in this Economics Opinion piece on Bloomberg.

Earth Hour 2019: Turning off lights won’t save the planet but these ‘green’ actions will

Mar 29, 2019

In an article on, a panel of experts, including Prof. Knittel, highlight choices one can make to reduce your carbon footprint.

Despite ‘Car-Free’ Hype, Millennials Drive a Lot

Mar 27, 2019

In this article on CityLab, reporter Laura Bliss discusses findings from a new working paper by CEEPR Director Christopher Knittel and recently graduated CEEPR Research Assistant Elizabeth Murphy.

Fuel-switching and Deep Decarbonization

Mar 15, 2019

Fuel-switching is inevitable to achieve deep decarbonization. This has, inter alia, prompted an increasing number of countries to announce coal phase-out mandates in the power sector. This working...

California wants to reform PG&E, but just how is uncertain

Mar 11, 2019

In this SF Chronicle article, a group of experts, including CEEPR Director Christopher Knittel, weigh in on some of the potential reforms and changes that PG&E may consider.

MIT CEEPR plays key role at first international carbon pricing research conference

Mar 07, 2019

CEEPR Deputy Director Michael Mehling serves as conference co-chair.

Competition for Electric Transmission Projects in the U.S.: FERC Order 1000

Mar 01, 2019

Professor Paul L. Joskow discusses the provisions of Order 1000, its application by ISOs, and examines the evidence to date regarding the development and application of the competitive transmission...

Machine Learning from Schools about Energy Efficiency

Feb 19, 2019

This working paper studies the effectiveness of energy efficiency upgrades in K-12 schools, and demonstrate that the machine learning method outperforms standard panel fixed effects approaches....

The Efficiency and Distributional Effects of Alternative Residential Electricity Rate Designs

Feb 01, 2019

In this paper, researchers find that low-income customers would face bill increases on average in a transition to more economically efficient electricity tariffs. However, they demonstrate that...

Challenges for Wholesale Electricity Markets with Intermittent Renewable Generation at Scale: The U.S. Experience

Jan 11, 2019

A paper written by Professor Paul L. Joskow examines the current and likely future effects on wholesale electricity markets and the challenges these markets face due to the rapid expansion of...

The Carbon Footprint of Bitcoin

Dec 20, 2018

Blockchain has its roots in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, which was the first successful attempt to validate transactions via a decentralized data protocol. Participation in its validation process...

Cooperative approaches under the Paris Agreement discussed at COP 24

Dec 17, 2018

CEEPR Deputy Director Michael Mehling presented research on the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement at a COP24 side event.

“Climate change will not wait for us”

Dec 14, 2018

CEEPR graduate students Sruthi Davuluri and Anthony Fratto recently attended the COP24 held in Katowice, Poland. Read about their reflections here.

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

Dec 06, 2018

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.

Governing Cooperative Approaches under the Paris Agreement

Dec 03, 2018

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...

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

Nov 20, 2018

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...

Carbon Capture is Messy and Fraught - But Might Be Essential

Oct 29, 2018

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

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

Oct 12, 2018

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...

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

Oct 09, 2018

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

Energy Efficiency, Information, and the Acceptability of Rent Increases

Sep 14, 2018

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...

MIT Energy Initiative study reports on the future of nuclear energy

Sep 06, 2018

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...

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

Sep 04, 2018

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...

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

Aug 15, 2018

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...

Coordinating Separate Markets for Externalities

Jul 26, 2018

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...

Who Closes First? Ownership and Collusive Early Exits

Jul 17, 2018

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...

Measuring Savings from Fault Detection and Diagnostics

Jun 04, 2018

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...

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

May 09, 2018

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.

Electricity Market Design with Renewables

May 01, 2018

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...

Restructuring Revisited: Competition and Coordination in Electricity Distribution Systems

Mar 20, 2018

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...

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

Mar 07, 2018

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...

3 Questions: The Future of Nuclear Energy

Feb 21, 2018

Jacopo Buongiorno and John Parsons, co-directors of the MITEI LCEC for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, discuss how to overcome the challenges and realize the benefits of expanding nuclear power.

Reforming Electricity Markets for the Transition: Emerging Lessons from the UK's Bold Experiment

Feb 07, 2018

In 2013, the UK introduced radical market reform to meet the new challenges - a change which some critics denounced as a return to central planning, whilst others feared the costs. The results to...

3 Questions: Transforming our Electric Power System

Feb 02, 2018

Christopher Knittel and Francis O'Sullivan, co-directors of the MITEI LCEC for Electric Power Systems Research, are exploring cleaner, more reliable, and more cost-effective solutions.

Is Massachusetts ready for carbon pricing?

Jan 30, 2018

On Jan. 25, a panel at MIT explored the benefits, costs, and political challenges involved in translating carbon pricing from concept into law in Massachusetts and beyond.

Jing Li: Applying economics to energy technology

Jan 30, 2018

Soon-to-be assistant professor of applied economics focuses on development and deployment solutions that can help the world move to a low-carbon future.

Subsidizing Fuel Efficient Cars: Evidence from China's Automobile Industry

Jan 29, 2018

In a new CEEPR Working Paper, the authors examine the response of vehicle purchase behavior to China’s largest national subsidy program for fuel efficient vehicles during 2010 and 2011.

The Use of Regression Statistics to Analyze Imperfect Pricing Policies

Jan 24, 2018

Corrective taxes can completely solve a variety of market failures, but actual policies are commonly forced to deviate from the theoretical ideal due to administrative or political constraints. A...

A Sector in Transition: Transportation in the 21st Century

Jan 10, 2018

MIT CEEPR, together with the Baker Institute, will host experts for a discussion focusing on the future of transportation. Registration is now open, please find details within.

What's Killing Nuclear Power in U.S. Electricity Markets?

Jan 04, 2018

Prices in U.S. electricity markets fell precipitously in recent years, driving several nuclear power plants to announce plans to close well before the end of their licensed operation. A new working...

Exploring Ethical Dimensions of Climate Negotiation

Dec 18, 2017

At this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), delegates from around the world worked on strategies to accelerate progress toward the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. In Bonn,...

Russia and the Post-Paris World: A New Energy Landscape?

Dec 04, 2017

In a new CEEPR working paper, the authors find that climate-related actions outside of Russia decrease Russia’s energy exports and lower Russia’s GDP growth rate. The paper offers suggestions for...

Helping Mexico Design an Effective Climate Policy

Nov 17, 2017

MIT researchers are working with the Mexican government on carbon pricing options to meet the country’s climate goals under the Paris Agreement.

Linking Heterogeneous Climate Policies (Consistent with the Paris Agreement)

Nov 03, 2017

International linkage of climate policies can play an important role in ensuring adequate climate ambition under the Paris Agreement. A new Working Paper looks at the opportunities for – and...

New Study Finds Expected Savings from School Energy Efficiency Upgrade Outpace Actual Returns

Sep 27, 2017

Innovative study finds energy efficiency investments made at California public schools may not provide as much benefit as officials expected.

Fuel-efficient Cars Often Paired with Gas Guzzlers, Study Finds

Sep 26, 2017

A study released Tuesday by economists at UC Davis, Yale, and MIT shows that families who own fuel-efficient cars tend to buy big, powerful gas guzzlers as their second vehicle, largely defeating...

Replacing Coal by Gas: An Effective Strategy to Reduce CO2 Emissions?

Sep 15, 2017

Now more than ever, natural gas is hoped to effectively help shale gas producing regions reduce their CO2 emissions, by largely replacing their coal energy input. At the same time, the domestic...

Black Carbon Problems in Transportation

Aug 17, 2017

Black carbon particulates in “soot” emissions have significant detrimental impacts on public health, climate change and food production; and diesel engines in the transportation sector are a major...

The Behavioral Effect of Pigovian Regulation: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Jul 17, 2017

Market-­based regulation, and in particular Pigovian taxes/subsidies, have the potential to make consumers internalize socially harmful external effects associated with their choices. Recent...

Modeling Unit Commitment in Political Context

May 09, 2017

Electricity sector restructuring processes can undergo long, protracted transition periods that are not well-captured in typical power systems operation models. We create a tractable dispatch...

Early Nuclear Retirements in Deregulated U.S. Markets

Apr 13, 2017

U.S. nuclear reactors have been retiring at an unprecedented pace for the last few years. Tens of gigawatts of zero-emission nuclear capacity are now at risk of retiring prematurely, before the end...

A Green Bargain? Impacts of an Energy Saving Program on China's Iron and Steel Industry

Mar 21, 2017

The impact of environmental regulation on firm productivity has been long been debated, however, mainly for western economies and with limited firm-level evidence. We study the impact of a...

When Do States Disrupt Industries? Electric Cars in Germany and the United States

Mar 17, 2017

When do states drive green industrial change? We show that in mature industries with powerful incumbents the ability of the state to organize private interests in support of technological change is...

Tropical Forests, Tipping Points, and the Social Cost of Deforestation

Mar 17, 2017

The existence of a forest-savanna tipping point implies that changes in forest resilience affect the marginal economic value of a standing forest. We propose a new framework for calculating the...

Anticipation and Environmental Regulation

Feb 10, 2017

Environmental standards can affect new-equipment sales and used-equipment retirements. We identify two additional effects, of anticipation, on the flow and stock of regulated equipment, and discuss...

Limits to Arbitrage in Electricity Markets: A case study of MISO

Jan 30, 2017

Like in other deregulated markets, financial players were introduced to the Midwest electricity market to arbitrage price differences that distort planning decisions. Unlike other markets, this did...

Wind Capacity Investments: Inefficient Drivers and Long-Term Impacts

Jan 23, 2017

In a new CEEPR Working Paper, Ian Schneider and Mardavij Roozbehani explain how existing production-based subsidies for wind energy bias marginal investments to underweight the market value of...

Estimating the Future Supply of Shale Oil: A Bakken Case Study

Jan 19, 2017

How much shale oil do we have left? And how much of that can be recovered economically? A new estimation technique suggests that, in the Bakken play, roughly 8 billion barrels of the remaining...

Are Fuel Economy Standards Regressive?

Dec 29, 2016

The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program was introduced in 1975 with the objective of reducing gasoline consumption. Under CAFE, automakers are required to meet a minimum sales-weighted...

Study Shows Hydraulic Fracturing Boosts Local Economies

Dec 22, 2016

As hydraulic fracturing, or fracing, is poised to play an even more important role in the nation’s energy system in coming years, how can benefits at the national scale—such as lower energy prices,...

E2e Project Update: Evaluating Energy Efficiency Upgrades to K-12 Public Schools in California

Nov 16, 2016

A new working paper by Fiona Burlig, Christopher Knittel, David Rapson, Mar Reguant and Catherine Wolfram1 studies the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency investments in over 2,000 K-12...

Transatlantic Perspectives on Energy Storage: Technology, Policy and Finance

Oct 23, 2016

Energy storage will play a critical role in enabling the transition to low-carbon electricity systems, providing capacity, energy, and ancillary benefits to help secure a stable and reliable power...

Lower Oil Prices and the U.S. Economy: Is This Time Different?

Oct 08, 2016

Between June 2014 and March 2016, the inflation-adjusted price of oil dropped by 66%, yet average U.S. economic growth accelerated only slightly from 1.8% at annual rates before the oil price...

Efficiency and Equity in Today’s Environmental Policy

Sep 30, 2016

The economics rationale for environmental regulation is simple and strong: private decisions about how much to pollute lead to socially undesirable levels of pollution. We need policy to correct...

Predicting the Unpredictable – Handling Uncertainty in Energy Economics and Management

Sep 12, 2016

Together with partners from German utility and CEEPR Associate Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW), the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Stiftung Energie & Klimaschutz, MIT CEEPR organized a...

The Economics of Unconventional Oil Development

Sep 01, 2016

According to the latest energy outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, tight oil production was 4.28 Mb/d for 2014 and 4.89 Mb/d for 2015. It is projected to fall to 4.27 Mb/d for...

The Rise of NGO Activism

Jul 12, 2016

In a recent MIT CEEPR working paper, we start with the observation that, since the mid-twentieth century, public regulators have lost public trust. Recent catastrophes, such as the global financial...

2016 CEEPR-EPRG European Energy Policy Conference

Jul 10, 2016

On July 7th and 8th, 2016, CEEPR cooperated with EPRG and Electricité de France to convene the 2016 European Energy Policy Conference in Paris, France. Over 70 participants from research, industry,...

2016 Spring Research Workshop

May 30, 2016

In the development of energy and environmental policy, cooperation between research, industry and policy making is critical. This message was central to the work presented and discussed at the MIT...

MIT joins Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition

May 20, 2016

MIT has formally joined the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, a global partnership of governments, businesses, and civil society organizations working together with the goal of applying a price...

Emissions Trading in North America and Beyond

May 10, 2016

Against the backdrop of a recent U.S.-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy, and Arctic Leadership that emphasized the role of carbon trading in North American climate cooperation, MIT CEEPR...

University Energy Initiative Symposium

May 01, 2016

On April 29, 2016, CEEPR and the Alfred P. Sloan foundation convened a symposium for the leadership and management of major energy economics and policy research initiatives across the United States.

The E2e Project Awarded $5 Million Grant to Evaluate New Advanced Energy Monitoring System

Apr 24, 2016

The E2e Project is in the process of launching the largest demonstration and evaluation of an innovative energy monitoring system for industrial facilities.

Energy Scenarios: The Value and Limits of Scenario Analysis

Apr 15, 2016

Energy scenarios are a useful tool for industry experts, government officials, academic researchers and the general public to assist in policy-making, planning and investment decisions. Such...

OPEC vs U.S. Shale: Analyzing the Shift to a Market-share Strategy

Apr 08, 2016

In 2014, global oil supply overtook demand and the oil price started to decline. In its November 2014 meeting, OPEC decided not to reduce supply and prices fell further. In its December 2015...

The Impact of Uncertainty on Capacity Remuneration Mechanisms

Mar 12, 2016

Intermittent energy resources increase the volatility of energy supply as well as the associated market clearing prices, creating uncertainty around when the system will experience “scarcity”— the...

Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels?

Feb 05, 2016

On the heels of a historic climate agreement in Paris, a new study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives sheds light on the world’s ability to stop using fossil fuels. Its conclusion:...

A Review of the Value of Aggregators in Electricity Systems

Jan 17, 2016

Electricity systems are currently facing significant changes as a result of the deployment of information and communication technologies (ICTs), power electronics, and distributed energy resources...

2015 Fall Research Workshop

Dec 05, 2015

Held in Cambridge, Massachusetts on November 19 and 20, the 2015 Fall Research Workshop brought together over 80 participants for a lively discussion of relevant issues in the broader energy and...

Expectations for the Upcoming Paris Climate Summit

Nov 07, 2015

On November 5, the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) joined the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the Program on Science, Technology,...

Evaluating Regulation Outcomes

Oct 22, 2015

On October 21, Richard Schmalensee, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management and former CEEPR Director, spoke at a seminar hosted by Resources for the Future in Washington,...

Ten years of the Renewable Fuel Standard

Oct 21, 2015

In October, a group of experts gathered at the Brookings Institute to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard, a policy to promote biofuels that was enacted ten years ago. Participants in the event...

Natural Gas Prices and Coal Displacement: Evidence from Electricity Markets

Oct 15, 2015

A recent CEEPR working paper uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Energy Information Administration (EIA) along with market models to provide an in depth look at the...

New Study Shedding Light on the Political Economy of Renewable Energy Promotion Policies

Sep 11, 2015

A newly published study co-authored by Christopher R. Knittel shows how the asymmetric distribution of costs and benefits of the 2005 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has implications for voting...

Tom Sudmann Therkildsen

Sep 10, 2015

With great sadness, MIT CEEPR faculty and staff learned of the passing of a long-time friend and supporter, Tom Therkildsen of Statoil ASA. “Tom was one of our most thoughtful and engaged partners...

The Economics and Geopolitics of Natural Gas

Sep 07, 2015

On September 7, 2015, MIT CEEPR Senior Research Scientist Sergey Paltsev visited Istanbul, Turkey, for an invited lecture on the economics and geopolitics of natural gas at Sabanci University.

EPRG-CEEPR European Energy Policy Conference 2015

Jul 15, 2015

On July 9 and 10, CEEPR and EPRG joined forces with Royal Dutch Shell plc to host the 15th installment of the European Energy Policy Conference in London,United Kingdom. Reflecting the disruptive...

2015 Spring Workshop

May 23, 2015

On May 21 and 22, the 2015 Spring Research Workshop brought together around 70 participants for a timely discussion of trends and developments in the energy space.

Faculty Affiliate: Georgia Perakis, William F. Pounds Professor of Management Professor

May 12, 2015

MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research is delighted to welcome a new faculty affiliate: Georgia Perakis, the William F. Pounds Professor of Management and a Professor of...

Subsidies for Green Technology: The Role of Competition and Flexibility

May 12, 2015

Two recent working papers co-authored by Georgia Perakis, the William F. Pounds Professor of Operations Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an affiliate of CEEPR examine such factors...

The MIT Future of Solar Energy Study Released

May 05, 2015

On May 5, 2015, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) released a comprehensive new study titled The Future of Solar Energy. As with earlier installments of the highly regarded MIT “Future of … “ report...

CEEPR Recognized Among World's Top Energy Policy Think Tanks

May 04, 2015

For the third year in a row, CEEPR has placed among the top 10 "Energy and Resource Policy Think Tanks in the annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

Pricing Carbon to Combat Climate Change - What Can We Learn from British Columbia?

Apr 24, 2015

Sound climate policy makes for good politics. In a nutshell, that was the message conveyed by a high-ranking delegation of government, civil society and business representatives from British...

Unconventional Oil & Gas: Price Impacts and Geopolitical Implications

Apr 22, 2015

On April 22, 2015, CEEPR and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) convened a symposium to address the latest developments in unconventional hydrocarbon exploration, its effects on oil and natural gas...

Conflicting Objectives: How the Cash for Clunkers Stimulus Program Reduced New Vehicle Spending

Apr 08, 2015

Implemented in the midst of the 2009 recession, the U.S. Cash for Clunkers program aimed to boost sales in the struggling automobile industry. A recent CEEPR working paper by Hoekstra, Puller, and...

OPEC's Pricing vs. the Carbon Tax

Apr 01, 2015

In a recent CEEPR working paper, Saraly Andrade de Sá and Julien Daubanes combine empirical estimates to establish that the demand for OPEC’s oil exhibits a less-than-one demand elasticity, in...

When Financial Trading Only Makes Things Worse

Feb 18, 2015

Working with four colleagues in DAS, Dr. John E. Parsons completed a study of a unique type of financial trading known as Virtual Bidding. The research helps understand certain situations in which...

Soft Cooperation in the Shadow of Distributional Conflict? Insights from the Climate Regime

Feb 10, 2015

In climate diplomacy, negotiators frequently reject “technical” initiatives that only require simple coordination, despite the affordable reputational gains they may gain from cooperation....

2014 Fall Research Workshop

Nov 22, 2014

A balanced mix of current themes in the energy and environmental policy debate featured at CEEPR’s 2014 Fall Research Workshop, held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on November 20 and 21, 2014.

WGBH: CEEPR's Knittel Explains Energy Price Fluctuations

Nov 12, 2014

CEEPR Director Christopher Knittel gives an interview on WGBH radio on energy prices...

EPA Clean Power Plan: Cross-state Coordination Key to Cost-effective Mitigation

Nov 01, 2014

Last June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. A new article published in Science magazine on 14 November...

CEEPR Experts Weigh In on Proposed EPA Carbon Regulation

Jul 01, 2014

National media outlets turned to CEEPR experts for early reactions on the EPA's proposed rulemaking on carbon emissions from existing power plants, issued in early June.

CEEPR's Greenstone Comments on Potential Downside of Natural Gas

Jun 03, 2014

CEEPR faculty affiliate Michael Greenstone was cited in a New York Times article on the potential impacts of abundant natural gas on the environment.

Morris Adelman, CEEPR Faculty Affiliate since its Founding in 1977, Passes Away at 96

May 01, 2014

Morris Albert Adelman, a giant in the field of energy economics and a faculty member in the MIT Department of Economics for 40 years, died on May 8 at the age of 96.

Calculating the Costs of Pollution

Apr 24, 2014

In a column in the Los Angeles Times, CEEPR faculty Michael Greenstone, with Francesca Dominici and Cass Sunstein of Harvard University commented on the recent decision by a US Court of Appeals...

Dr. John Parsons joins the Global Markets Advisory Committee of the CFTC

Feb 05, 2014

CEEPR’s Executive Director, Dr. John Parsons, was recently appointed to the Global Markets Advisory Committee of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The CFTC is the US government...

Study: Ethanol not a major factor in reducing gas prices

Dec 10, 2013

If you have stopped at a gas station recently, there is a good chance your auto has consumed fuel with ethanol blended into it. Yet the price of gasoline is not substantially affected by the volume...

An experiment puts auditing under scrutiny

Oct 19, 2013

The structure of the auditing business appears problematic: Typically, major companies pay auditors to examine their books under the so-called

Climate Change Policy: What do the Models Tell Us?

Sep 15, 2013

Professor Robert Pindyck has a new working paper (CEEPR-WP-2013-007) that has attracted a good share of attention since it steps into the highly charged debate on the reliability of research...

Innovative study estimates extent to which air pollution in China shortens human lives

Jul 08, 2013

A high level of air pollution, in the form of particulates produced by burning coal, significantly shortens the lives of people exposed to it, according to a unique new study of China co-authored...

MIT and UC Berkeley launch energy-efficiency research project

Jun 18, 2013

The E2e Project aims to give decision-makers real-world evidence on the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy and emissions.

Climate Change Policy that Makes Economic Sense

Apr 10, 2013

In this Faculty Forum Online broadcast, Chris Knittel discussed his studies of consumer and company reactions to energy price fluctuations and the implications of this work for effective...

The Economics of Keystone XL

Mar 21, 2013

Would the approval and construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the US Gulf Coast lead to increased emissions?

E2e Project to Provide Much-Needed Energy Efficiency Research

Feb 28, 2013

In a column in USA Today, CEEPR co-Director Christopher Knittel writes that more research into energy efficiency is needed if Americans are to meet the energy efficiency goal set by President Obama...

Economics Doctoral Students

Dec 01, 2012

MIT Economics doctoral students are researching a wide range of energy and environmental policy issues. Pictured above, from left to right, are Joseph Shapiro, Manasi Abhay Deshpande and Jennifer...

Briefing on the BP Statistical Review of World Energy

Jun 18, 2012

For more than 60 years the BP Statistical Review of World Energy has published some of the most comprehensive analysis on global energy markets.

CFTC Roundtable on the Proposed Volcker Rule

Jun 01, 2012

CEEPR Executive Director Dr. John Parsons

Pushing Forward by Looking Back

May 10, 2012

Michael Greenstone writes in the Washington Post that President Obama

Professor Christopher Knittel

Mar 05, 2012

Knittel is the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management, having joined MIT earlier this year.

Future of Electric Grid Report

Dec 05, 2011

On Monday, December 5th, members of the MIT study team presented the results of The Future of the Electric Grid: An MIT Interdisciplinary Study at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW,...

CEEPR PhD Students

Oct 15, 2011

Anna Agarwal is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is also pursuing a M.S. in the Technology and Policy Program. Her research focus is on risk...

Future of Natural Gas Report

Sep 04, 2011

MIT has completed a multi-year study on the Future of Natural Gas. This report updates an interim report released in June 2010.

Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Report Release

Apr 08, 2011

MIT has completed a 3-year study on the Future of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. The study addresses two overarching questions: (1) What are the long-term desirable fuel cycle options and (2) What are the...

IAP Lecture Series Power Systems Economics: Theories and Reality

Jan 15, 2011

Dr. Jean-Pierre Hansen will teach the IAP course

CEEPR Workshop in Tokyo

Oct 05, 2010

CEEPR and MIT’s Joint Program, together with Japan’s Institute of Energy Economics (IEEJ) co-hosted a Workshop on energy and climate change policy in Tokyo on September 30-October 1, 2010. The...

Smart Grid Seminar

Aug 03, 2010

On August 3, 2010, Dr. Zhaoguang Hu, Vice President and Chief Energy Specialist at the State Grid Energy Research Institute and head of the Power Supply and Demand Research Laboratory, presented a...

Symposium in honor of Henry D. Jacoby

Apr 19, 2010

Please join MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change on JUNE 24 at an Afternoon Symposium to honor and pay tribute to Program Co-Founder and Co-Director, Professor Henry D....

Just published: Pricing Carbon

Apr 01, 2010

The first attempt by any group of nations to establish a hard limit on greenhouse gas emissions

Independent Activities Period (IAP) at MIT

Jan 03, 2010

January is Independent Activities Period (IAP) at MIT. Students at MIT

MIT Economics Ph.D. students

Oct 10, 2009

MIT Economics Ph.D. students are researching a wide range of energy and environmental policy issues. Pictured above, from left to right, are Mar Reguant, Tatyana Deryugina, Nicholas Ryan and Joseph...

CEEPR Research Assistants

Jun 10, 2009

Student participation in CEEPR research is integral to MIT educational mission.

MITEI Celebrates 70th Birthday of Professor John Deutch

Apr 19, 2009

On Thursday, April 16, MITEI celebrated the 70th birthday of Institute Professor John Deutch by holding a symposium in recognition of his significant contributions over the last 40 years in the...

CEEPR Visiting Professors

Jan 01, 2009

CEEPR will host 2 Visiting Professors at MIT to collaborate and work on energy research.

Richard Schmalensee to be new Director of CEEPR

Sep 01, 2008

Richard Schmalensee takes over as CEEPR Director as of September 2008. Most recently, Professor Schmalensee served as the John C Head III Dean of MIT

CEEPR Hosts Workshop in Washington D.C.

Feb 03, 2008

In January 2008, CEEPR hosted a workshop in Washington DC on the European CO2 Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) as part of a project funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Professor Joskow heads to the Sloan Foundation

Dec 02, 2007

Long time CEEPR Director, Professor Paul Joskow, has resigned his position in order to become President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

BP Funds Energy Conversion Research

Sep 01, 2007

CEEPR is collaborating with professors in a number of engineering disciplines on a research program that will explore the conversion of low-value carbon feedstocks such as petcoke and coal to...