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May 27th, 2011

Thurber discusses how Asian countries can strike balance on gas

At the Pacific Energy Summit 2011 in Jakarta, PESD associate director Mark Thurber talked about how Asian countries can strike the right balance of encouraging domestic gas demand without deterring new supply. Thurber also moderated sessions on the design of natural gas markets in Asia and the role of gas in Indonesia’s economic growth in particular.

PESD Researcher Gang He Selected as Aspen Environment Forum Scholar

Gang He joins others at the Aspen Environment Forum 2011 May 30 - June 2, 2011, in Aspen, Colorado. The Aspen Environment Forum Scholars Program provides opportunities for diverse, accomplished leaders in the field to attend the Aspen Environment Forum. Scholars are selected on the basis of their experience, achievements, and interest in energy and the environment, as well as their commitment and contributions to the field. Gang He's research focus has been on China's energy and climate policy, energy economics and energy modeling, renewable energy, and cleaner utilization of coal.

May 6th, 2011

Transmission Policies to Unlock America's Renewable Energy Resources

Our annual conference has now concluded. We explored approaches that will lower the barriers to efficient transmission expansion and allow the country to take full advantage of its renewable energy resources with our distinguished speakers and discussants along with our attendees. Read more »

May 1st, 2011

Wolak Participating as a Panelist at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2011

PESD Director Frank Wolak will be participating in the Uptime Institute Symposium 2011 from May 9-12, 2011. Wolak will be among a few panelists on "The Future of Energy" session to discuss key issues in electricity markets and electricity delivery that data center operators may need to understand and prepare for over the next 2-5 years.

April 26th, 2011

Richard Morse speaks at the IEA's Coal Market Conference in Beijing

Morse argued that significant exports from the Powder River Basin area could reach international markets in the coming years, and demonstrated how that would impact the international coal trade in Asia.

April 7th, 2011

PESD Working Paper #101 on Australia's black coal industry featured in Platts Coal Trader International


Platts' most recent issue of Coal Trader International features PESD Working Paper #101 by Bart Lucarelli. The paper sketches the development of Australia’s export coal industry, from its shaky start in the aftermath of the Second World War amid a glut of cheap oil, to the "phenomenal success story" of today.

April 4th, 2011

PESD researcher Gang He presented at the ESI international conference


Gang He traveled to Singapore this past month to present for the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) at the National University of Singapore’s conference on "Policy Responses to Climate Change and Energy Security Post-Cancun: Implications for the Asia-Pacific Region's Energy Security". Read more »

PESD paper on the future of South African coal featured in Bloomberg

in the news: Bloomberg

In the Bloomberg news article "Zuma's Quest for India Ties Threatens S. Africa Power Supply," PESD Working Paper #100 by Anton Eberhard titled "The Future of South African Coal: Market, Investment, and Policy Challenges" was cited in the estimation of the price Africa's utility Eskom Holdings Ltd. pays for coal.

March 28th, 2011

PESD releases cutting-edge study on the future of Australia's coal market

Critical challenges now facing the industry are poised to determine whether Australia will continue to be the globe's largest coal supplier.

March 14th, 2011

Wolak Speaking on Advance Hydro Modeling Panel

PESD Director Frank Wolak will be speaking during the Advance Hydro Modeling Part II session of the "Workshop on Modeling of Hydro Services in the Western US" host by EPRI and Sandia National Laboratories from March 14-15, 2011. The goal of this workshop is to discuss state-of-the-art modeling of hydro resources in the Western grid, and solicit input from key industry stakeholders on approaches to capturing the full value and market participation of existing and future hydroelectric plants.

March 1st, 2011

Thurber quoted in Jakarta Post

in the news: The Jakarta Post on February 24, 2011

In order for Indonesia to meet its increasing domestic demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG), the country (one of the largest LNG producers) is gearing up to start importing up to 4.5 million tons of LNG annually. 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. ( -- Japanese officials increased the nuclear crisis level at the Fukushima plant on ...
Mention of Burton Richter in 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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