2016 POWER Conference
on Energy Research and Policy
March 18, 2016

Joseph Wood Krutch Theater
Clark Kerr Campus
University of California, Berkeley
2601 Warring Street
Berkeley, CA 94720


Morning Sessions

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

9:00am-9:15am: Welcome

9:15am-10:30am: Session 1

“Dynamic Technology Subsidies: Evidence from Residential Solar PV in California” Ashley Langer* (University of Arizona) and Derek Lemoine (University of Arizona)

“Capital versus Output Subsidies: Implications of Alternative Incentives for Wind Investment” Joseph Aldy (Harvard University), Todd Geraden (Harvard University), and Richard Sweeney* (Boston College)

Erin Mansur, Dartmouth
Matt Rogers, McKinsey & Company


10:30am-12:20pm: Session 2

“The Economics of Fixed Cost Recovery by Utilities” Severin Borenstein (University of California, Berkeley)

“The Incentive to Overinvest in Energy Efficiency: Evidence from Hourly Smart-Meter Data” Kevin Novan* (University of California, Davis) and Aaron Smith (University of California, Davis)

Jim Tracy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Lucas Davis, University of California, Berkeley

12:20pm-1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm-2:30pm: Session 3

“The Welfare Effects of Nudges: A Case Study of Energy Use Social Comparisons” Hunt Allcott* (NYU) and Judd Kessler (University of Pennsylvania)

Nathaniel Higgins, Economic Research Service, USDA


3:00pm-4:15pm: Session 4

“Imperfect Markets versus Imperfect Regulation in U.S. Electricity Generation”  Steve Cicala (University of Chicago)

“Financial Arbitrage and Efficient Dispatch in Wholesale Electricity Markets” John Parsons* (MIT), Cathleen Colbert (CAISO), Jeremy Larrieu (FERC), Taylor Martin (FERC), and Erin Mastrangelo (FERC)

Matthew White, ISO New England
James Bushnell, University of California, Davis


4:15pm-5:00pm: Session 5

“Operational Benefits of Meeting California’s Energy Storage Targets” Josh Eichman (NREL), Paul Denholm (NREL), Jennie Jorgenson(NREL), and Udi Helman* (Helman Analytics)

Catherine Wolfram, University of California, Berkeley

5:00pm-6:30pm: Reception

*Denotes presenter