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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 »



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 »




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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 ...
February 24, 2011 in Jakarta Post

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