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.

2020 POWER Conference
on Energy Research and Policy

March 22, 2019

Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Spieker Forum (6th Floor of Chou Hall)


Morning Sessions

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

9:00am-9:15am: Welcome

9:15am-10:45am: Session 1

“Spatial Externalities in Groundwater Extraction: Evidence from Electricity Usage in California Agriculture” 
Fiona Burlig (University of Chicago), Louis Preonas* (University of Chicago), and Matt Woerman (University of California, Berkeley)

“Decompositions and Policy Consequences of an Extraordinary Decline in Air Pollution from Electricity Generation” 
Stephen Holland* (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Erin Mansur (Dartmouth College), Nick Muller (Carnegie Mellon University), and Andrew Yates (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Karen Clay (Carnegie Mellon University)
Joseph Shapiro (University of California, Berkeley)


11:10am-12:40pm: Session 2

“Market Power and Incentive-based Capacity Payment Mechanisms” 
Shaun McRae (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) and Frank Wolak* (Stanford University)

“Setting with the Sun: The Impacts of Renewable Energy on Wholesale Power Markets” 
James Bushnell* (University of California, Davis) and Kevin Novan (University of California, Davis)

Meredith Fowlie (University of California, Berkeley)
Nancy Ryan (E3)

12:40pm-2:10pm: Lunch

2:10pm-2:15pm: Welcome Back

2:15pm-3:00pm: Session 3

“The Welfare Costs of Misaligned Incentives: Energy Inefficiency and the Principal-Agent Problem” 
Josh Blonz* (Resources for the Future)

Daniel Buch (California Public Utilities Commission)
David Rapson (University of California, Davis)


3:25pm-4:55pm: Session 4

“Price Discrimination, Search, and Negotiation in an Oligopoly: A Field Experiment in Retail Electricity” 
David Byrne, Leslie Martin*, and Jia Sheen Nah (University of Melbourne)

“The Electric Gini: Income Redistribution through Energy Prices” 
Arik Levinson* (Georgetown University) and Emilson Silva (University of Alberta)

Severin Borenstein (University of California, Berkeley)
Matthew Freedman (The Utility Reform Network (TURN))

4:55pm-5:00pm: Closing Remarks

5:00pm-6:30pm: Reception

*Denotes Presenter(s)

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2019 Annual POWER Conference

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