Energy Revealed

The Energy Institute at Haas is conducting more than two dozen research projects worldwide, the results of which are published in peer-reviewed journals as well as translated for a general audience. High-profile examples include Severin Borenstein’s ongoing analysis of electricity and natural gas rate structures and California’s groundbreaking cap-and-trade legislation. Other findings and studies:

Better yellow labels

Tailoring EnergyGuide labels to reflect local energy prices, EI Faculty Director Lucas Davis has shown, would help consumers make better decisions when buying appliances.

The problem with electricity rebates

Popular programs that pay consumers to reduce peak energy demand are very inefficient compared to charging time-varying rates that reflect the true time-varying cost of electricity Haas Professor Severin Borenstein has found.

Finding efficiencies for PG&E

A $50K grant from Pacific Gas & Electric Company allowed Haas MBA students in the 2014 Haas@Work course to identify novel programs to reduce energy use and increase efficiency among small and medium-sized businesses.

Driving restrictions and air quality

Mexico City’s famous driving restrictions—imitated in cities around the world—haven’t reduced air pollution revealed research by Lucas Davis, Haas associate professor.

Rising temps and electrical consumption

EI Research Associate Maximilian Auffhammer is analyzing 10 years of California household electricity bills to determine how usage may change as global temperatures increase.

Climate change and war

How does climate change affect the incidence of wars and other violent conflicts? Solomon Hsiang, an assistant professor at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and recent EI visitor, is investigating.

Solar micro-grids in India

EI Faculty Director Catherine Wolfram is working with a solar micro-grid provider launched out of Berkeley to provide insight into how first-time electricity consumers in India use power.

Powering the Arctic

C2M students helped a flywheel company see that it could power Arctic communities and cell towers in addition to providing grid support for renewable energy.

Ignoring free energy savers

A Michigan field study led by Haas Professor Catherine Wolfram and EI Research Associate Meredith Fowlie seeks to understand why low-income households don't participate more in free weatherization programs that will cut theur energy costs.

Replacing electricity sources

Closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in 2012 increased carbon dioxide emissions by 9.2 million tons and the cost of elctricity generation by $350 million during the first twelve months research by Lucas Davis revealed.

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