February 17, 2010


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Berkeley Haas Energy Institute Co-Director to address forecast for state and national energy policy at PG&E Community Town Hall Meeting



Severin Borenstein, co-director of the Energy Institute at Haas, is one of the featured speakers at PG&E’s annual town hall meeting. Borenstein will answer questions about current and proposed energy policies on the state and national level and discuss local efforts to maximize green job opportunities.

Other topics include issues such as renewables portfolio standards, contracting power sources, power forecasts, Community Choice Aggregation that permits cities and counties to aggregate the buying power of individual customers to secure alternative energy supply contracts, and programs such as Berkeley First, the city’s solar financing program.



Thursday, February 18, 5 p.m.



David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA



Severin Borenstein is the E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business, Co-Director of the Energy Institute at Haas, and Director of the University of California Energy Institute. He received his AB from UC Berkeley in 1978 and Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983.

His research focuses on business competition, strategy, and regulation. He has published extensively on the airline industry, the oil and gasoline industries, and electricity markets. His current research projects include the economics of renewable energy, equity and efficiency effects of electricity pricing, and competitive dynamics in the airline industry. Borenstein is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He served on the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange from 1997 to 2003. During 1999-2000, he served on the California Attorney General's Gasoline Price Task Force.


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