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ECI studies the impact of energy innovation and reforms in policy making

September 27, 2011

The energy sector poses enormous challenges as well as major opportunities. Keeping pace in a changing world of energy, CIERP’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation (ECI) Program works to develop and promote knowledge that will help address energy-related challenges, especially global climate change. The ECI program has recently published four discussion papers that explore the different dimensions of innovation in new energy technologies, and the role of policies in supporting and rewarding these innovations.


carverLiz Carver, in her study of Black Carbon and Climate Change, explores policy options for reducing emissions from diesel fuel consumption in the United States. Although the paper acknowledges that the U.S. has a number of policy mechanisms that could facilitate black carbon emissions reductions, it also indicates a lack of coordinated national strategy. The study recommends sets of specific actions to take full advantage of the near-term opportunity that reducing black carbon emissions offers to slow the rate of climate change.


durhamGreg W. Durham's paper on New Energy: The Effects of Regulatory Reforms on the US Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) examines the Obama Administration's efforts to reform and administer the LGP program. Looking at both the shortcomings of the program at its origin as well as the impact of measures implemented by the Obama Administration, the paper evaluates the LGP’s ability to attract applicants and issue loan guarantees going forward, and argues that the credit subsidy cost is one of the most significant barriers to success.


siegalJ.R. Siegel and Atiq Rahman closely monitor The Diffusion of Off-Grid Solar Photovoltaic Technology in Rural Bangladesh and discover reasons for the exponential growth in the solar heat system sector. Based on a combination of interviews and an examination of households, their study highlights the role of opinion leaders in SHS diffusion and suggests that word of mouth was the key driver in knowledge dissemination and sales growth.


smithwoodRobert Brandon Smithwood conducts research on Competition and Collaboration in Renewable Portfolio Standard Adoption and Policy Design and studies the interstate influences on the development of renewable portfolio standards (RPS). Using New England as a case study, Smithwood examines whether states are primarily inward or outward looking while drafting such policies, and subsequently analyzes the nature of interaction with other states.


Please find all the above publications and others on our Publications page.