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Frank Wolak, MS, PhD

Director, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development; Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Senior Fellow by courtesy; Senior Fellow at FSI for International Studies and Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in Economics

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May 15th, 2012

Wolak presents at Energy Risk USA Conference

PESD director Frank Wolak spoke on role of congestion revenue rights (CRRs) and financial transmission rights (FTRs) in improving energy market efficiency at the Energy Risk magazine’s 16th annual 2-day conference. Read more »



March 2nd, 2012

Wolak speaks to the Western Chapter at Energy Bar Association

PESD director Frank Wolak spoke at The Energy Bar Association Eleventh Annual Western Chapter Meeting held on February 24, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel. Wolak’s topic was “Does the Federal Power Act Harm Wholesale Market Efficiency and Potential Consumer Benefits from Electricity Industry Re-structuring?”



February 3rd, 2012

Wolak speaks on California's power and carbon markets

PESD director Frank A. Wolak presented at Platt's 7th annual California Power Market Forum on the impacts of the recent implementation of convergence (or virtual) bidding in the California wholesale electricity market. Frank also chaired a panel discussion on the progress of the implementation of California's AB 32 law, which seeks to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Read more »



December 15th, 2011

Grants support research on health care, violence and technology in poorest areas

Amounting to a total of $265,000, this third round of Global Underdevelopment Action Fund grants will help Stanford faculty develop policy-relevant research focused on improving conditions in some of the poorest parts of the world. Read more »



October 31st, 2011

Frank A. Wolak leads panel discussion on Financial Transmission Rights, Virtual Trading

PESD director Frank Wolak presented in two sessions of the 4th annual Platt’s Nodal Trader conference in New York City on October 25-26, 2011. 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.
January 15, 2013 in Stanford University News

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.
December 18, 2012 in Stanford University News

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, ...
January 27, 2011 in The Stanford Daily

Why gas costs more--and is more profitable--out West
... limiting the amount of suppliers that can compete," says Frank Wolak, a Professor of Commodity Price Studies in Stanford's Economics Department. ...
January 3, 2011 in Fortune

Next-generation power grid research funded by Stanford
Frank Wolak and Mark Thurber — who run the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies ...
November 18, 2010 in Stanford Report

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