Energy Institute Research Review

The Energy Institute at Haas previously published a semi-annual newsletter that summarized Energy Institute Working Papers in layperson terms and discussed the policy implications of the research.  The goal was to facilitate access to Energy Institute research and communicate the policy relevance of the research. The Energy Institute Research Review was a continuation of the Center for the Study of Energy Markets Research Review (CRR) that operated under UCEI from 2004 to 2009. Energy Institute has replaced the review with a weekly blog located at

Fall 2012 Issue

  • The Energy Efficiency Gap: What is the Best Policy?
  • Cash for Coolers: A Good Policy?
  • Residential Electricity Rates: Who Subsidizes Whom? 

Spring 2012 Issue

  • Cost Comparisons Between Renewable and Conventional Generation: It's Not as Simple as Some Would Like to Believe
  • Climate Change Transportation Policies: Why Do Politicians Prefer Subsidies?
  • The Case for Why Offsets Can Help 

Fall 2011 Issue

  • The Results Are In: Deregulation's Impact on Nuclear Power's Performance
  • Do Consumers Accurately Predict Future Gasoline Prices?
  • California's Building Standards: New Homes Use More Electricity 

Spring 2011 Issue

  • Electricity Prices and Conservation: Do Current Policies Reduce Consumption?
  • Cap-and-Trade: Who Pays for the Free Permits?
  • Regulation and Employment Decisions: Where Do Manufacturing Firms Locate? 

Fall 2010 Issue

    • How do Rising Gas Prices Affect the Cars We Buy?
    • Are Appliance Standards a Necessary Part of an Effective Carbon Policy?
    • Increasing Wind Production: A Game Changer for Electricity Markets 

Spring 2010 Issue

    • Winners and Losers in the Emissions Permit Market
    • Are You Paying Too Much for Natural Gas?
    • Cap and Trade vs. Intensity Standards: Regulating Emissions in an Imperfect Market  

Fall 2009 Issue

    • Has Southern California's Cap-and-Trade Program Delivered on its Promises?
    • How NOT to Use the Smart Grid
    • Gasoline Content Regulation: A Case Where Flexibility Isn't A Good Idea

Spring 2009 Issue

    • Cap and Trade: Does it Matter How Companies Get the Permits?
    • The Cost of Regulating Piecemeal
    • Springing Forward, Falling back: Does it Save Energy? What We Can Learn from Indiana

Fall 2008 Issue

    • Does California's Electricity Rate Structure Protect the Poor?
    • Time to Push Energy Conservation AND Energy Efficiency
    • Permits to Pollute: Insights on How to Design a Pollution Market

Spring 2008 Issue

    • What Happens When California Goes it Alone? Regulating GHG Emissions in an Imperfect World
    • Can One Power Plant Operator Make a Difference?
    • Can Natural Gas Utilities be Too Cautious About Avoiding Service Failures?
    • The Economics of Solar PV

Fall 2007 Issue

    • Global Warming: What Can California do?
    • The Economics of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard
    • Does Daylight Saving Time Really Save Electricity?
    • Indisputably, Energy Efficiency does Pay

Spring 2007 Issue

    • Have We Gotten Less Responsive to Gasoline Prices?
    • How did Electricity Restructuring Affect Workers?
    • What does it Take to Get Customers to Accept Critical Peak Pricing for Electricity?
    • Does Real-time Pricing Mean Volatile Electricity Bills?

Fall 2006 Issue

    • Have New Source Review Environmental Regulations Been Counter-Productive?
    • Evaluating the Anaheim Critical Peak Pricing Experiment
    • Are Competitive Wholesale Electricity Markets Feasible in Developing Countries?

Spring 2006 Issue

    • Regulating NOx: How Well is the Cap and Trade Approach Working?
    • If RTP is So Great, Why don't We See More of it?
    • Forward Contracts and Market Power

Fall 2005 Issue

    • Resource Adequacy and Capacity Markets: Are They Worth It?
    • Power When the Sun Shines: Is It Worth More?
    • How do Households Respond When Their Energy Bill Increases?

Spring 2005 Issue

    • Is Real-time Pricing Good for the Environment?
    • Coal Emissions Regulation a Windfall for Railroads
    • Do Competitive Energy Markets Make Rising Energy Prices Worse for Poor Consumers?

Fall 2004 Issue

    • Was California's Market Structure Responsible for its Electricity Fiasco?
    • Will Real-time Pricing Really Deliver Savings?
    • California's High Gasoline Prices: Scarcity or Gouging?
    • Did Electricity Restructuring Lead to Generation Efficiencies?

Spring 2004 Issue

    • Can Higher Costs Lead to Higher Profits? Pollution Permits and Electricity Prices
    • Regulating Competition: Structure vs. Behavior
    • The Incentives of Vertical Integration After Restructuring