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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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September 28th, 2011

Wolak testifies before Little Hoover Commission of the California State Legislature

PESD director Frank A. Wolak accepted an invitation to participate in the first public hearing The Little Hoover Commission (a bipartisan independent state oversight agency) has scheduled to examine the coordination among the state's related organizations and federal agencies with energy-related activities. Read more »



July 15th, 2011

PESD director Frank A. Wolak talks energy with Japanese CEOs and former PM

Wolak will be traveling to Japan for a one-day symposium in Tokyo put on by the Center for International Public Policy Studies entitled “Can Japan have a new economic paradigm after the catastrophic quake and tsunami on 11th March?” Read more »



June 27th, 2011

PESD Director Frank Wolak answers nuclear power question on FREAKONOMICS blog

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Frank Wolak was an invited commentator writing in the FREAKONOMICS June 21, 2011 blog posting titled, "What Happens Next as the World Turns Away From Nuclear Power?" 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.




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.





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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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