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August 27th, 2007

PESD associate reports to Boston Globe on unclean oil alternatives

in the news: Boston Globe on August 19, 2007

Mike Jackson suggests carbon policies to guide energy projects towards cleaner technologies at times of high oil prices Read more »



June 21st, 2007

BP Foundation awards $7.5 million to Stanford for research on energy markets

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 »



March 5th, 2007

Cambridge University Press prints "Political Economy of Power Sector Reform"

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 »



August 18th, 2006

Researchers publish critique of South Africa's pro-poor energy policy

In collaboration with researchers at the Energy Research Centre at the University of Capetown, PESD researchers David Victor and Becca Elias comment on the economics of South Africa's Free Basic Electricity Tariff. Read more »



May 9th, 2006

PESD Director David Victor addresses chaotic world of energy policy

Op-ed: Financial Times (London) on May 9, 2006

The world's energy system seems to have come unhinged. Oil is trading at record high prices because demand keeps rising even as supplies become unreliable. Oil exporters from Iran to Russia and Venezuela are using their petrocash to pursue agendas that undercut western security and interests. Supplies of natural gas also seem less secure than ever. Read more »



September 9th, 2005

Electricity-Market Reforms and Global Climate Change

Op-ed

For nearly two decades, most major developing countries have struggled to introduce market forces in their electric power systems. In every case, that effort has proceeded more slowly than reformers hoped and the outcomes have been hybrids that are far from the efficiency and organization of the "ideal" textbook model for a marketbased power system. Read more »



July 22nd, 2005

Prominent and most widely read South African financial daily cites PESD study

in the news: Business Report on July 22, 2005

The July 22 edition of Business Report reviewed a new joint study by PESD and the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town that advocates a more financially sound energy strategy for the poor. Read more »




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