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

The All Virtual Year, April-May 2020


Session 1 – Friday, April 10, 9:15-11:00am PDT: Wholesale Power Markets

“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)

Session 2 – Friday, April 17, 9:15-11:00am PDT: Energy Efficiency

“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)

Session 3 – Friday, May 1, 9:15-11:00am PDT: Retail Rate Design

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

“Reforming Inefficient Energy Pricing: Evidence from 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)

Session 4 – Friday, May 15, 9:15-10:30am PDT: Environmental Justice

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

Discussants: Christopher Timmins (Duke University) and Arsenio Mataka (California Attorney General’s Office)

*Denotes Presenter(s)

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