Political Economy of Electricity Reform
With detailed case studies in Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa, PESD explored the political, legal, and institutional factors that affect how countries actually restructure their electric power markets.
During a visit to Toulouse, France to present at “The Economics of Energy Markets” conference at the Toulouse School of Economics, PESD Director Frank Wolak was interviewed by Professor Jean-Michel Glachant of the Florence School Regulation about his work monitoring wholesale electricity markets.
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in the news: Journal of Energy Security on April 23, 2009
Carl offers insight into the nuances of the current nuclear deal between India and the U.S. and its implications for an Indian nuclear energy policy. Read more »
PESD affiliates Stephen Davis, Alison Hughes, and Kate Louw publish findings on the impacts of the free basic electricity program in two small rural towns in South Africa.
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In an article published by UPenn's Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), PESD research fellow Dr. Varun Rai reports on the positive impact that India's major energy policy reforms have had since 1998. Rai asserts that these policies are the right platform for India's energy future: they will provide enough transparency and the right economic signals leading to the emergence of an efficient energy system in India.
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From Acai to Access: Distributed Electrification in Rural Brazil
PESD researcher, Hisham Zerriffi, examines the success and failure in the use of small scale technologies for rural electrification.
New PESD working paper assesses energy, India's foreign policy
PESD researchers Jeremy Carl, Varun Rai, and David Victor analyze the role of energy in India's foreign policy, examining a cross-section of India's energy system. They find that fickle domestic political coalitions dominate energy policymaking in India and that these unstable coalitions, when combined with the weak administrative capacity of the Indian state, leave India's foreign policy apparatus incapable of making credible commitments in the energy sector.
South Africa's Electricity Crisis
South Africa's power grid is in crisis. Leading South African gold and platinum mines stopped production in late January, and blackouts are endemic. No end is in sight, and the shortages have spilled over to the neighboring countries Botswana and Namibia. Check out a thorough preview of the crisis in an early essay by PESD collaborator, Anton Eberhard, former electricity regulator and an expert on power at the University of Cape Town, Political Economy of Power Sector Reform in South Africa. Professor Eberhard was also recently quoted in a detailed commentary at the New York Times. Read more »