Energy powers the modern world, fueling innovation and improving people’s lives. But humanity’s energy usage is also generating levels of pollution that are substantially shortening human lifespans and causing disruptive climate change. Finding a way to supply the energy needed for human development without risking health or the environment is one of the world’s most important challenges: the Global Energy Challenge.
To promote and discuss current research on these issues, the Kenneth C. Griffin Applied Economics Incubator and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) hosted a series of academic conferences on each component of the Global Energy Challenge: energy access and markets, air pollution, and climate change.
The Economics of Energy Markets and Energy Access
Well-functioning markets are essential for providing access to reliable, affordable energy. This conference will explore the policies, prices and information needed to help energy markets work efficiently.
Friday, April 8, 2022
Session 1: Electricity Transmission and Distribution Infrastructure
- Fiona Burlig, Louis Preonas, Akshaya Jha; “Transmission constraints and electricity trade in India”
- Robyn Meeks, Husnain F. Ahmad, Ayesha Ali, Zhenxuan Wang, Javed Younas; “The Economic and Environmental Effects of Infrastructure Improvements: Evidence from Pakistan’s Electricity Sector”
Session 2: Wholesale Markets, Dynamics, and Storage
- Jackson Dorsey, Andrew Butters, Gautam Gowrisankaran; “Soaking Up the Sun: Battery Investment, Renewable Energy, and Market Equilibrium”
- Christoph Graf, Federico Quaglia, Frank Wolak; “Market Performance Assessment in Locational Markets with Non-Convexities”
Session 3: Retail Electricity Demand Policies
- Kelsey Jack, Jeffrey Cross, Anders Jensen; “Collateral accounts: Prepaid technology and the recovery of municipal debts”
- Koichito Ito, Takanori Ida, Takunori Ishihara, Daido Kido, Toru Kitagawa, Shosei Sakaguchi, Shusaku Sasaki; “Paternalism, Autonomy, or Both? Experimental Evidence from Energy Saving Programs”
Session 4: Decarbonization of Electricity Generation
- Stephen Holland, Erin Mansur, Andrew Yates; “Electrification in the Long Run”
- Nicholas Ryan; “Holding Up Green Energy”