2010 POWER Conference
on Energy Research and Policy

March 18, 2010

Chevron Auditorium, International House
University of California, Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720-2320


Morning Sessions

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

9:00am-9:15am: Welcome

9:15am-10:45am: Session 1
Energy Efficiency Programs and Evaluation

“Energy Conservation ‘Nudges’ and Environmentalist Ideology: Evidence from a Randomized Residential Electricity Field Experiment” Dora Costa and Matthew Kahn (University of California, Los Angeles and NBER)

“EIA’s Energy Efficiency Program Data: Toxic If Swallowed,” Marvin J. Horowitz (Demand Research LLC)

Maximilian Auffhammer (University of California, Berkeley)
Karen Palmer (Resources for the Future)


11:10am-12:40pm: Session 2
Consumer Response to Retail Electricity Pricing

“How Do Consumers Respond to Nonlinear Pricing? Evidence from Household Electricity Demand,” Koichiro Ito (University of California, Berkeley and Energy Institute at Haas)

“An Experimental Comparison of Critical Peak and Real-Time Pricing,” Frank Wolak (Stanford University)

Ahmad Faruqui (The Brattle Group)
Lucas Davis (University of California, Berkeley and Energy Institute at Haas)

12:40pm-2:10pm: Lunch

Lunchtime Keynote Address

“Electricity Policy for America: Enabling a Smart Grid, End to End,” Mason Willrich (Senior Advisor, MIT Energy Innovation Project; Chair, California ISO Board of Governors; and Director, California Clean Energy Fund)

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

2:15pm-3:00pm: Session 3
Integrating Renewables into the Grid

“Building Blocks: Investment in Renewable and Non-Renewable Generation Technologies,” James Bushnell (Iowa State University and NBER)

“Renewables and Storage: Does Size Matter?” Judy Chang, Kathleen Spees and Jurgen Weiss (The Brattle Group)

Matthew Barmack (Calpine Corporation)
Severin Borenstein (University of California, Berkeley and Energy Institute at Haas)


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

Cap and Trade Programs for Controlling Greenhouse Gas Emissions

“Allocating Emissions Permits in Cap-and-Trade Programs: Theory and Evidence,” Meredith Fowlie (University of California, Berkeley)

“Profiting from Regulation: An Event Study of the European Carbon Market,” James Bushnell (Iowa State University and NBER), Howard Chong (University of California, Berkeley and Energy Institute at Haas) and Erin Mansur (Yale University and NBER)

Nathaniel Keohane (Environmental Defense Fund)
Commissioner Nancy Ryan (California Public Utilities Commission)

5:00pm – 6:30pm: Reception with music provided by the jazz combo “Solar Wind”