156 Items

Solar plant in Uttar Pradesh


Journal Article - Energy Policy

Trade-Offs and Synergies in Power Sector Policy Mixes: The Case of Uttar Pradesh, India

| May 2022

How can electricity sector policymakers in developing countries ensure financial viability of utilities while also extending electricity access and minimizing the environmental impact of electricity supply? This study uses a mixed-method approach to analyze synergies and trade-offs between policies for financial reform of utilities, extending electricity access, and solar PV deployment in the case of Uttar Pradesh in India.

Audio - Harvard Environmental Economics Program

U.S. Regulatory and Climate Policy: A Conversation with Paul Joskow

| Feb. 08, 2022

Paul Joskow, the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT and former President and CEO of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York City, shared his thoughts on U.S. regulatory economics and climate change policy in the latest episode of “Environmental Insights: Discussions on Policy and Practice from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.”


Transmission Lines

AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File

Policy Brief

The Challenges of Decarbonizing the U.S. Electric Grid by 2035

| February 2022

The Biden administration has established a national goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035 and reaching net-zero economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But to realize these goals, the United States must not only transition the production of power, but also build thousands of miles of upgraded or new transmission.

A sign that reads "No CMP Powerline Corridor" with mountains and a plow in the background

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Analysis & Opinions - Portland Press Herald

Maine Voices: Learning the Right Lessons from CMP’s Corridor Debacle

| Dec. 09, 2021

After Maine voters rejected the Central Maine Power corridor, Joel Clement and Pete Didisheim make the case that public involvement, fair compensation, and wise site selection are critical to the success of clean energy projects.

Book - Cambridge University Press

Foundations for a Low-Carbon Energy System in China

How can China make good on its pledge to reach carbon neutrality by 2060? In Foundations for a Low-Carbon Energy System in China, a team of experts from China and the United States explains how China's near-term climate and energy policies can affect long-term decarbonization pathways beyond 2030, building the foundations for a smoother and less costly national energy transformation.

solar power plant

Wikimedia CC/Thomas Lloyd Group

Journal Article - Energy Research & Social Science

Lessons for Renewable Integration in Developing Countries: The Importance of Cost Recovery and Distributional Justice

| July 2021

This article examines both the premise and prescription of the argument to integrate renewable electricity in developing countries through elements of the standard model (such as a wholesale spot market, or an independent system operator for dispatch). This is done by highlighting the differences between power sector reform experiences in the developing and developed worlds, and the causal mechanisms underlying these differences.

Audio - Harvard Environmental Economics Program

A New Day for Climate Policy: A Conversation with Jody Freeman

| Apr. 08, 2021

Jody Freeman, the Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and founder of the school’s Environmental and Energy Law Program, offered both a sharp rebuke of the Trump Administration’s climate policies and a hopeful outlook for the Biden Administration’s clean energy agenda.

Audio - Harvard Environmental Economics Program

The Texas Energy Crisis of 2021: A Conversation with William Hogan

| Mar. 05, 2021

William Hogan, the Raymond Plank Research Professor of Global Energy Policy and director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, outlined the causes and consequences of the recent Texas energy crisis in the latest episode of “Environmental Insights: Discussions on Policy and Practice from the Harvard Environmental Economics Program,” a podcast produced by the Harvard Environmental Economics Program.