We invite you to an international conference on “Regional Carbon Policies” that PESD is hosting at Stanford University on Thursday, December 5th. Read more »
PESD associate director Mark Thurber and research collaborators at Stanford have found in a review of the medical and public health literatures that health improvement is rarely the principal reason why households adopt health-improving technologies like insecticide-treated nets, point-of-use water treatments, and improved biomass cookstoves. These findings, which appear in the American Journal of Public Health, suggest that wider health impact can be achieved by paying more attention to non-health motivations for adoption. Read more »
PESD associate director Mark Thurber and director Frank Wolak taught a course on "Energy Markets and Policy" at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in which student teams played the role of California power companies bidding generation into wholesale electricity markets and trading carbon allowances to cover their emissions. The surprising results of this cap and trade simulation are published in the Aug/Sep 2013 issue of The Electricity Journal. Read more »
PESD associate director Mark Thurber spoke with David Casallas of Business News Americas about how the outlook for national oil companies in Latin America is shaped by governance and risk. Read more »
During a visit to Toulouse, France to present at “The Economics of Energy Markets” conference at the Toulouse School of Economics, PESD Director Frank Wolak was interviewed by Professor Jean-Michel Glachant of the Florence School Regulation about his work monitoring wholesale electricity markets.
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In advance of the 2013 Pacific Energy Summit, which took place April 2-4 in Vancouver, Canada, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber spoke with the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) about how the U.S. shale gas revolution has pushed coal producers in the U.S. Powder River Basin to look to Asia for a more robust market. Read more »
The “peak oil” fallacy is not new; in fact it has long inflicted real harm in the geopolitical sphere despite persistent evidence of its falsity. Roger Stern, Research Assistant Professor of Energy at the University of Tulsa’s Collins College of Business, describes in a new PESD working paper how “oil scarcity ideology” influenced US national security policy in profoundly detrimental ways from 1909 to 1980. Read more »
Do State-Owned Companies Have Inside Access to the World’s Oil and Gas Resources?
In a public lecture at the University of Tulsa, PESD associate director Mark Thurber critically considers the idea that national oil companies (NOCs) are elbowing aside private players, both on their home turf and abroad. Live feed at 5 pm PST on January 28, 2013.
Resource nationalism constrained by risk of developing new oil and gas depositsin the news: Reuters on January 15, 2013
A Reuters article cites work by PESD researchers Peter Nolan and Mark Thurber that explains why hydrocarbon-rich nations still need foreign companies to develop frontier resources like oil and gas from shales or in the deep offshore. While governments may successfully employ national oil companies in mature petroleum provinces, private companies are usually better at managing the high risks of frontier activities.
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FSI's Frank Wolak warns of betting against the international spread of shale gas technologies by attempting to export domestic natural gas. Read more »
PESD associate director Mark Thurber appeared on Canada’s Business News Network to discuss new government guidelines that promise greater scrutiny for future corporate takeovers in the oil sands by foreign national oil companies (NOCs). Thurber argued that Canada nevertheless remains comparatively attractive to NOCs working abroad relative to other oil provinces around the world. Read more »