Energy Institute at Haas



The 20th Annual POWER Conference on
Energy Research and Policy


will be held on

Friday, March 20, 2015
Joseph Wood Krutch Theater

Clark Kerr Campus
University of California, Berkeley
2601 Warring Street
Berkeley, CA 94720




8:00am-9:00am: Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00am - 9:15am: Welcome


9:15am - 12:30pm: Morning Session


"Belt and Suspenders and More: The Incremental Impact of Energy Efficiency Subsidies in the Presence of Existing Policy Instruments" Sebastien Houde* (University of Maryland) and Joseph Aldy (Harvard University)


"Measuring the Spatial Heterogeneity in Environmental Externalities from Driving: A Comparison of Gasoline and Electric Vehicles" Stephen Holland* (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Erin Mansur (Dartmouth University), Nicholas Muller (Middlebury College), and Andrew Yates (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)


Carmen Best
(California Public Utilities Commission)
Maximilian Auffhammer (University of California, Berkeley)




"Default Bias, FollowOn Behavior and Welfare in Residential Electricity Pricing Programs" Peter Cappers (LBNL), Meredith Fowlie* (University of California, Berkeley), Steve George (Nexant), Anna Spurlock (LBNL), Annika Todd (LBNL), Michael Sullivan (Nexant), and Catherine Wolfram (University of California, Berkeley)


"Financing Constraints as Barriers to Innovation: Evidence from R&D Grants to Energy Startups” Sabrina Howell (Harvard University)


Stefano  DellaVigna (University of California, Berkeley)
Brian Steel (Cleantech to Market)


12:30pm - 1:45pm: LUNCH


1:45pm - 5:00pm: Afternoon Session


"Do Steeply Tiered Rates Promote Conservation? An Analysis Using Aggregate Data" Russell Garwacki*, Kiphan Kan, Tram Camba, and Steve Verdon (Southern California Edison)


"The Private Net Benefits of Residential Solar PV: And Who Gets Them" Severin Borenstein (University of California, Berkeley)


Chair Robert Weisenmiller (California Energy Commission)

Koichiro Ito (Boston University)


 “A Proximate Mirror: Greenhouse Gas Rules and Strategic Behavior under the US Clean Air Act” Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer*, Sophie Pan and Anthony Paul (Resources for the Future)


"Strategic Policy Choice in State-Level Regulation: The EPA's Clean Power Plan" James Bushnell* (University of California, Davis), Stephen Holland (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Jonathan Hughes (University of Colorado), and Christopher R. Knittel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


Matthew Barmack (Calpine)
Frank Wolak (Stanford University)


5:00pm - 6:30pm: Reception with music provided by the jazz combo "Solar Wind"


* Denotes presenter



Conference Fee Schedule:

Early bird discount ends on March 14, 2014

General Attendees

$675 early bird

$750 if register on or after March 15, 2014

Government & Academics

$200 early bird

$250 if register on or after March 15, 2014

UC Faculty, Student or Staff

$75 early bird

$125 if register on or after March 15, 2014

BERC Student (Current UCB Students that are members of BERC)

$50 early bird

$75 if register on or after March 15, 2014


Directions to Clark Kerr Campus


Hotel Suggestions


Past POWER Conferences


We would like to thank our conference sponsors:



Alameda Municipal Power