The Energy Institute holds a one-day conference on energy research and policy in Berkeley every March. The event brings together outstanding scholars and practitioners from around the world to exchange ideas and research results on topics related to energy markets and regulation.

POWER Conference

on Energy Research and Policy

Friday, March 20, 2020

Spieker Forum (6th Floor), Chou Hall
Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley
2220 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720

Early Bird Rates End March 6th!



8:00-9:00: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15: Welcoming Remarks

9:15-10:45: Session 1

“Effects of Mandatory Energy Efficiency Disclosure in Housing Markets”
Erica Myers* (University of Illinois), Steven Puller (Texas A&M University), and Jeremy West (University of California, Santa Cruz)

“Using Machine Learning to Better Target Energy Conservation”
Christopher Knittel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Samuel Stolper* (University of Michigan)

Discussants: Meredith Fowlie (University of California, Berkeley) and Liane Randolph (California Public Utilities Commission)


11:05-12:00: Session 2

“Inequality, Information Failures, and Air Pollution”
Catherine Hausman* and Samuel Stolper (University of Michigan)

Discussants: James Sallee (University of California, Berkeley) and Arsenio Mataka (California Attorney General’s Office)

12:00-1:25: Lunch

1:25-1:30: Welcome Back

1:30-3:00: Session 3

Do Households Understand Electricity Prices?
Blake Shaffer (University of Calgary)

“Welfare Gains from Usage-Based Pricing: Evidence from Energy Reform in China”
Koichiro Ito* (University of Chicago) and Shuang Zhang (University of Colorado)

Discussants: Severin Borenstein (University of California, Berkeley) and Cyndee Fang (San Diego Gas and Electric)


3:25-4:55: Session 4

“Cost-effective Decarbonization of California’s Power Sector by 2030 with the Aid of Battery Storage”
Amol Phadke*, Nikit Abhyandar, Ranjit Deshmukh, Julia Szinai, and Anand Gopal (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)

“Simplified Electricity Market Models with Significant Intermittent Renewable Capacity: Evidence from Italy”
Christoph Graf (Stanford University), Federico Quaglia (Terna S.p.A.), and Frank Wolak* (Stanford University)

Discussants: James Bushnell (University of California, Davis) and Delphine Hou (California Independent System Operator)

4:55-5:00: Closing Remarks

5:00-6:30: Reception

*Denotes Presenter(s)

Conference Fee Schedule:

Early bird discount ends on March 6th, 2020

General Attendees:
$700 early bird (early registration on or before March 6, 2020)
$775 (if you register on or after March 7, 2020)

$225 early bird (early registration on or before March 6, 2020)
$275 (if you register on or after March 7, 2020)

BERC Student (UCB Students that are members of BERC):
$75 early bird (early registration on or before March 6, 2020)
$100 (if you register on or after March 7, 2020)

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