POWER Conference

on Energy Research and Policy

March 22, 2024

Spieker Forum, 6th floor of Chou Hall
2220 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

About the Conference:

The POWER Conference on energy research and policy hosted by the Energy Institute took place on March 22nd in Spieker Forum, Berkeley Haas. POWER brings together outstanding scholars with policy and business professionals from around the world to exchange ideas and discuss research on energy markets and regulation.


8:00am – 8:45am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45am – 9:00am: Welcome Remarks

9:00am – 10:30am: Session 1

“Customer Switching, Firm Entry and Regulatory Policy: Evidence from Retail Electricity Market Restructuring”
Jeffrey Macher (Georgetown University), John Mayo* (Georgetown University), and Robert Press (Georgetown University)

“Competing for Inattention: Price Discrimination in Residential Electricity Markets”
Jenya Kahn-Lang* (Stanford University)

Discussants: Steve Puller (Texas A&M University) and Judy Chang (Analysis Group)

10:30am – 10:50am: Break

10:50am – 12:20pm: Session 2

“Learning by Doing: Contractors’ Learning in Heat Pump Installations”
Christopher Knittel* (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Johnattan Ontiveros (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Juan Palacios (Maastricht University), and Siqi Zheng (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

“Unintended Consequences of Time-of-Use Rates: EV Charging and Distribution Network Constraints”
Megan Bailey (University of Calgary), David Brown* (University of Alberta), Erica Myers (University of Calgary), Blake Shaffer (University of Calgary), and Frank Wolak (Stanford University)

Discussants: Meghan Busse (Northwestern University) and Nathanael Johnson (Cazden Electric; former Grist)

12:20pm – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm – 3:00pm: Session 3

“Do Mergers and Acquisitions Improve Efficiency: Evidence from Power Plants”
Mert Demirer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Omer Karaduman* (Stanford University)

“Are Renewable Generators Price Responsive?”
Harrison Fell (North Carolina State University), J Scott Holladay (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), and Daniel Kaffine* (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Discussants: Lucas Davis (University of California, Berkeley) and Sheldon Kimber (Intersect Power)

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Break

3:30pm – 5:00pm: Session 4

“Wiring America: The Short- and Long-Run Effects of Electricity Grid Expansion”
Gaurav Doshi* (Georgia Institute of Technology)

“Risk-Cost Tradeoffs in Power Sector Wildfire Prevention
Duncan Callaway (University of California, Berkeley), Meredith Fowlie (University of California, Berkeley), and Cody Warner* (University of California, Berkeley)

Discussants: Koichiro Ito (University of Chicago) and Michael Campbell (California Public Utilities Commission)

5:00pm – 5:05pm: Closing Remarks

5:05pm – 6:30pm: Reception

*Denotes presenter


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