The Energy Institute typically holds its one-day POWER conference on energy research and policy 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. The conference had to be moved online for 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

The next POWER conference will take place virtually on the mornings of March 16 to 19, 2021. Registration will begin late January 2021.

The call for papers deadline closed on January 4, 2021. Authors will be notified concerning acceptance for the Conference by February 4, 2021. Final papers will be due by March 1, 2021. Of particular interest are papers on the following topics:

  • Electricity Retail Pricing and Policies
  • Electric Vehicle Markets and Policies
  • Wholesale Electricity Market Design and Organization
  • Electricity Capacity Markets and Resource Adequacy
  • Renewable Electricity Generation and Integration
  • Wholesale and Retail Markets for Natural Gas
  • Market Power in Electricity and/or Natural Gas Markets
  • Environmental Regulation of Electricity and/or Natural Gas Markets
  • Energy Efficiency and Demand Response
  • The Economic Impacts of Electricity Storage

2020 POWER Conference

  • Cost-effective Decarbonization of California’s Power Sector by 2030 with the Aid of Battery Storage

  • Simplified Electricity Market Models with Significant Intermittent Renewable Capacity: Evidence from Italy

  • Effects of Mandatory Energy Efficiency Disclosure in Housing Markets

  • Using Machine Learning to Better Target Energy Conservation

  • Do Households Understand Electricity Prices?

  • Reforming Inefficient Energy Pricing: Evidence from China

  • Inequality, Information Failures, and Air Pollution

2019 POWER Conference

  • Spatial Externalities in Groundwater Extraction: Evidence from Electricity Usage in California Agriculture
  • Decompositions and Policy Consequences of an Extraordinary Decline in Air Pollution from Electricity Generation
  • Market Power and Incentive-based Capacity Payment Mechanisms
  • Setting with the Sun: The Impacts of Renewable Energy on Wholesale Power Markets
  • The Welfare Costs of Misaligned Incentives: Energy Inefficiency and the Principal-Agent Problem
  • Price Discrimination, Search, and Negotiation in an Oligopoly: A Field Experiment in Retail Electricity
  • The Electric Gini: Income Redistribution through Energy Prices

2018 POWER Conference

  • Dynamic Pricing, Attention, and Automation: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Electricity Consumption
  • Do the Effects of Social Nudges Persist? Theory and Evidence from 38 Natural Field Experiments
  • Are Residential Electricity Prices Too High or Too Low? Or Both?
  • Vertical Market Power in Interconnected Natural Gas and Electricity Markets
  • The Roles of Energy Markets and Environmental Regulation in Reducing Coal-Fired Plant Profits and Electricity Sector Emissions
  • Compatibility and Investment in the U.S. Electric Vehicle Market
  • Variable Pricing and the Social Cost of Renewable Energy