Zerriffi explores rural electrification business models
Seeking to electrify the world as a charity venture is counterproductive, argues PESD affiliate faculty Hisham Zerriffi. What's needed is close attention to which electrification business models actually yield sustainable results, a question Zerriffi tackles in detail through case studies of Brazil, Cambodia, and China.
The BP Foundation has awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant to Stanford University's Program on Energy and Sustainable Development to support research on modern energy markets. The foundation is funded by BP, one of the world's largest energy companies. Read more »
The collaborative book by experts in the political economy of energy, edited to include a provocative introduction and conclusion by David Victor and Tom Heller, looks in depth at five cases of reform in developing countries. The book is available for purchase in hardcover. Read more »
CISAC, CDDRL, FSI Stanford News
Michael May, Michael McFaul, Scott Sagan, David Victor, and John Weyant talk to Stanford magazine for the November/December cover story on energy security. It's not our oil dependence that's the problem, say these scholars - it's our vulnerability to oil producers who use revenues for political purposes that work against our own. Read more »
Erik Woodhouse publishes the final report from PESD's multi-year study on privately owned power plants in emerging markets. The study, appearing in the next issue of the New York University Journal of International Law & Politics, explains the wide variation in experiences as foreign investors have built and operated overseas power plants.
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Global impact of hydroelectric dams may be significantin the news: Nature on November 30, 2006
Nature magazine included findings from Danny Cullenward's research analyzing emissions of greenhouse gases from hydroelectric dams in the tropics. He estimates that dams release between 95 million and 122 million tonnes of methane per year. His work has also been featured in a recent report by Berkeley-based International Rivers Network and in the San Francisco Chronicle.
PESD researcher Erik Woodhouse presents at MIGA/Georgetown symposium on international political risk management
On November 3rd, Erik Woodhouse presented key findings from PESD's study on independent power producers around the globe and discuss the study's implications for future investment at a symposium sponsored by the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Read more »