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March 10th, 2014

PESD releases study of the largest commercial distribution to date of a biomass gasification cookstove

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PESD’s major study of the ‘Oorja’ cookstove in India has been released in Energy for Sustainable Development. The work, which was supported by the FSI Underdevelopment Action Fund, is one of the most comprehensive investigations to date of commercial efforts to sell advanced biomass cookstoves, which have the potential to improve health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the developing world Read more »



March 9th, 2014

Will the U.S. surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia in oil production? Who cares.

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In a TV interview on NBC Bay Area, PESD associate director Mark Thurber argues that it doesn’t make a lot of difference whether or not the U.S. becomes the world’s top oil producer. Read more »



March 8th, 2014

Thurber comments on U.S.-China solar panel trade spat

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Policy should reflect the fact that the U.S. will never be a global powerhouse in solar panel manufacturing, argues PESD associate director Mark Thurber in a Slate article by Will Oremus. Read more »



March 7th, 2014

FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, CDDRL, CHP/PCOR, CISAC, FSE, The Europe Center, Governance Project, PESD, Program on Poverty and Governance, REAP, SPICE News

The International Policy Implementation Lab will bolster research, teaching and long-term engagement with urgent problems around the world. The lab, which is being supported in part with an initial $2 million gift from two anonymous donors, launches by supporting six projects led by Stanford faculty. Another round of funding will be available later this year. Read more »



February 20th, 2014

Stanford dialogue brings momentum to global energy conversation

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, Japan Studies Program, PESD News

Inaugural conference hosted by Shorenstein APARC's Japan Program brings cross-sector experts together to discuss energy challenges and opportunities as the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster nears. +PDF+ conference agenda available
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October 31st, 2013

International Conference on Regional Carbon Policies

We invite you to an international conference on “Regional Carbon Policies” that PESD is hosting at Stanford University on Thursday, December 5th. Read more »



September 30th, 2013

To promote adoption of household health technologies, think beyond health

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 »


Thurber and Wolak simulate carbon cap and trade in Stanford GSB course

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 »


Thurber discusses outlook for Latin American NOCs

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 »



April 16th, 2013

Market Monitoring in the US Energy Market by Frank Wolak /FSR Monthly Interview

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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. +VIDEO+
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March 27th, 2013

U.S. shale gas prompts PRB coal producers to look to Asia

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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 »



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Reduce greenhouse gas by exporting coal? Yes, says Stanford economist
Western U.S. coal companies looking to expand sales to China will likely succeed, according to Stanford University economist Frank Wolak. But, due to energy market dynamics in the United States, those coal exports are likely to reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases.
Mention of Frank Wolak in Stanford University News on January 15, 2013

Export American natural gas? Not so fast, says Stanford economist
Stanford economics Professor Frank Wolak warns of betting against the international spread of shale gas technologies by attempting to export domestic natural gas.
Mention of Frank Wolak in Stanford University News on December 18, 2012

Stanford Nobel Laureate wins top US science honor
Former director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) Burton Richter was awarded the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award on Thursday. The award is one of the oldest and most prestigious science and technology distinctions granted by the U.S. Government.
Mention of Burton Richter in The Stanford Daily on January 13, 2012

Stanford's Burton Richter wins top science award
Burton W. Richter, a Stanford Nobel Prize-winning physicist, and Mildred Dresselhaus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have won the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award, the White House announced Wednesday.
Mention of Burton Richter in San Francisco Chronicle on January 12, 2012

Stanford physicist Burton Richter's moderate approach to climate change gaining supporters
Stanford physicist's prescriptions include more natural gas and nuclear power, doubts about renewable energy goals, and a new way to gain political support. (Interview)
Mention of Burton Richter in Stanford Report on December 28, 2011

As Coal Use Declines in US, Coal Companies Focus on China
With aging coal-fired U.S. power plants shutting down, major American coal companies are exporting ever-larger amounts of coal to China. Richard K. Morse, the director of research on coal and carbon markets at Stanford’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, comments.
Mention of Richard Morse in Yale Environment 360 on December 8, 2011

New U.S. nuclear reactors unlikely soon: physicist
Stanford physicist and Nobel laureate Burton Richter told a Stanford audience that he expects the worldwide impact of the Fukushima disaster to be small. (PhysOrg.com) -- Japanese officials increased the nuclear crisis level at the Fukushima plant on ...
Mention of Burton Richter in PhysOrg.com on April 15, 2011

New US nuclear reactors unlikely soon, say Stanford physicist
Stanford Nobel laureate Burton Richter and New York Times journalist Matthew Wald were on campus to talk about how radiation leaks at Japan's Fukushima plant could impact the future of nuclear energy in the United States and abroad.
Mention of Burton Richter in Stanford Report on April 14, 2011

RI to import 4.5m tons of LNG starting in 2013
An energy expert from Stanford University in the United States, Mark C. Thurber, said Indonesia needed to gradually increase the price of gas for industrial users in order to encourage gas exploration activities. "A strategy that some companies have ...
Mention of Mark Thurber in Jakarta Post on February 24, 2011

Prof says future of US energy technology lies in regulation, not production
On the tail of recent research by Stanford's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) examining China's evolving coal and power sectors, ...
Mention of Frank Wolak in The Stanford Daily on January 27, 2011

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