Lunch & Learn
Jan
17
12:30 PM12:30

Lunch & Learn

The next lunch and learn is Thursday 1/17 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in

Saieh 146. Our speaker, Louis Preonas, is a postdoctoral scholar in

the Department of Economics and the Energy Policy Institute. He will

present his work on the elasticity of demand for agricultural

groundwater — more details are provided below. We hope to see you

there!

Title: Spatial Externalities in Groundwater Extraction: Evidence from

California Agriculture

Groundwater is a common-pool resource essential for agricultural

production. When farmers extract a marginal unit of groundwater, this

lowers nearby groundwater levels and increases their neighbors'

groundwater pumping costs. This paper estimates farmers' elasticity of

demand for groundwater, in order to empirically investigate the

magnitude of this spatial "pumping cost" externality. We assemble a

novel dataset that combines (i) detailed microdata on farmers'

electricity consumption, (ii) rich data from technical audits of these

farmers' pump efficiencies, and (iii) publicly available measurements

of groundwater depths in California aquifers. Using exogenous

variation in electricity prices, we estimate farmers' price

elasticities of demand for both electricity (-1.17) and groundwater

(-1.12) to be much larger than previous estimates in the literature.

We then calculate the extent to which each farm lowers its neighbors'

economic surplus by removing water from their shared aquifer. Our

preliminary results suggest that the magnitude of the "pumping cost"

externality is likely smaller than farmers' private costs of

groundwater pumping.

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To present, contact Sunny (ysun9@uchicago.edu) or Osamu (miyawaki@uchicago.edu)

Directory (feel free to add yourself or find someone you met or want

to collaborate with!):

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Energy Policy in the New Congress: Is This Climate Policy’s Moment?
Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

Energy Policy in the New Congress: Is This Climate Policy’s Moment?

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Lunch & Learn - Social
Jan
10
12:30 PM12:30

Lunch & Learn - Social

Welcome back everyone and happy new year! Lunch and learns this quarter have been moved back to Thursdays, 12:30 to 1:30, in Saieh 146. The first lunch will be a get to know you meet and greet on Thursday, January 10th. We have an exciting series this quarter, and the first presentation will be on January 17th.

 

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Can Nuclear Compete?
May
24
1:30 PM13:30

Can Nuclear Compete?

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Chasing Coral Film Screening
May
12
1:30 PM13:30

Chasing Coral Film Screening

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society: Climate Science and Democracy
Apr
26
1:30 PM13:30

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society: Climate Science and Democracy

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Phoenix Sustainability Initiative: The Environment as a Human Rights Issue
Apr
25
1:30 PM13:30

Phoenix Sustainability Initiative: The Environment as a Human Rights Issue

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Cheaper, Cleaner: A Game-Changing Model for Carbon Capture
Jan
10
12:30 PM12:30

Cheaper, Cleaner: A Game-Changing Model for Carbon Capture

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy
Dec
2
2:30 PM14:30

Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy
Dec
1
1:30 PM13:30

Reactions: New Perspectives on Our Nuclear Legacy

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn
Nov
16
12:30 PM12:30

Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn

We'll be hearing from Alejandra López Rodriguez, at our usual time and place:

Alejandra López Rodríguez is a second year Masters student at the Harris School of Public Policy. While working as an Environmental Democracy Intern at the World Resources Institute, she conducted research on the issue of violence against environmental and land defenders in Colombia. She will present the main findings of the study, hoping to motivate a discussion on the trade-offs between sustainability, growth, and human rights.

Saieh 419, 12:30pm-1:30pm. 

 

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There’s an App For That: The Role of Data Transparency in the War on Pollution
Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

There’s an App For That: The Role of Data Transparency in the War on Pollution

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Renewable Power and the US Grid: Reliability & The Future of ‘Baseload’ Power
Nov
10
12:00 PM12:00

Renewable Power and the US Grid: Reliability & The Future of ‘Baseload’ Power

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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The True Cost of Climate Change: Reinforcing Inequality?
Nov
9
5:30 PM17:30

The True Cost of Climate Change: Reinforcing Inequality?

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn
Nov
2
12:30 PM12:30

Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn

This is our traditional mid-quarter meet and greet! Now that we've come together for a few weeks we'd like everyone, especially the newcomers, to be able to get to know each others' interests and/or research a bit more (undergrads who may not have your own work yet, don't let this discourage you from coming; feel free to use this to probe the minds of people who are doing what you may be interested in later on). So, in that spirit, we'll be doing a form of research "speed dating"  where we'll all have a bit more opportunity to discuss what we're most interested in and meet some cool people. 

 

Saieh 419, 12:30pm-1:30pm. 

 

Talks will resume at our next week. As always, come for the free food, stay for the interdisciplinary exchange!

 

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Global Energy Challenge Perspectives from Indian Lawmakers
Nov
1
12:30 PM12:30

Global Energy Challenge Perspectives from Indian Lawmakers

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn
Oct
26
12:30 PM12:30

Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn

Good news: we're back in our regular room tomorrow (Saieh 419), to hear from Econ PhD student and all-around smart guy Ishan Nath give a bit of a primer on the frontiers of energy and environmental economics: 

Ishan Nath is a 4th year economics PhD student who works with EPIC and the Climate Impact Lab. He will give a brief overview of contemporary research topics in energy and environmental economics with illustrative examples of the empirical techniques economists use to identify causality. 

See you all there!

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Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn
Oct
19
12:30 PM12:30

Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn

We'll be hearing from Morgan O'Neill, the new post-doc in the Geophyscial Sciences Department on "Hurricanes and climate: signal v. noise in the very terrible 2017 season" : 

There has been a lot of popular discussion about the role of climate change in the recent relentless onslaught of North Atlantic hurricanes. I will contextualize the 2017 hurricane season in the historical record, and share the current scientific consensus about what has happened and will happen to hurricanes in a warming world. Are these storms natural or manmade? Both! Maybe!

Keep sending me examples of any climate data you might use / want to know more about as we put together the workshop on interpreting climate data products!

 

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Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility
Oct
13
12:30 PM12:30

Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Car and Urban Mobility

The U.S. Department of Energy recently proposed a rule that would subsidize the ailing coal and nuclear industries, arguing that these sources of electricity are needed to ensure grid reliability as renewable fuels gain market share. Critics of the proposed rule say it is an unnecessary bailout of uncompetitive and dirty energy sources, and that renewables pose no threat to grid reliability. What are the major factors driving change in the U.S. grid? What are the challenges facing regulators? If Secretary Perry’s proposal is adopted, what effect will it actually have?

Join the Harris Energy and Environmental Association and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), in partnership with The Aspen Institute, for a panel discussion on the recent proposal, the underlying Electricity Markets and Reliability report, and the possible impacts to the future of U.S. energy.

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Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn
Oct
12
12:30 PM12:30

Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn

We'll have our first talk of the quarter! Some of you may have met him this first week - James Rising is one of EPIC's new postdocs this year:

James Rising is an interdisciplinary modeler and a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC).  He studies interaction between society and the planet, and is particularly interested in climate impacts, the water-energy-food nexus, and fisheries.  James will present a new approach to estimating the future of coffee production, as suitable areas shift away from the equator and to higher elevations.

Potential talk on interpreting climate data for social science users

By the way, as per some discussions this week, we're trying to put together a workshop on how to interpret climate/weather/reanalysis data products. For those of you in the social sciences who work with climate data, could you let us know what products / models / data types / etc. you use generally so we can tune this potential talk to you? For those of you in the natural sciences who work on model interpretation/creation/etc. and want to help put this together, please let us know as well!

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Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn
Oct
5
12:30 PM12:30

Energy & Climate Lunch & Learn

With the new year, we'll be starting up our Lunch & Learn series again. As with last year, they will be on Thursdays. However, due to the change in TTh class times, they will now be 12:30-1:30, a half hour later than last year. The first one will be 2nd Week, that is Thursday, October 5th, at 12:30pm. We'll send out the location soon, but it will be in Saieh Hall (58th/University) again. 

 

To any newcomers, here's what we're all about:

The Energy and Climate Young Researchers' Lunch & Learn is a collaboration between RDCEP and EPIC that brings together young researchers from multiple disciplines to foster casual connections, collaborations, and interactions in the field of climate and energy, broadly defined. We meet weekly during the academic year and invite students, research assistants, and postdocs to attend, present research (professors are never present) at any stage in the process, discuss, and build casual connections across disciplines. We will feed you and everyone else attending.

 

If you're a young researcher or student and are interested in climate and/or energy from any angle, you're invited! We're a fun mix of people studying and working in economics, physics, statistics, public policy, sociology, philosophy, business,...

If you're interested in presenting, leading a discussion, or have any other ideas for the series, please feel free to reach out to us to chat or to grab a copy of our presenter guidelines. 

Looking forward to seeing all the regulars and meeting some newcomers! Tell your friends. 

 

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What Do Americans Think About The Direction of Energy And Climate Policy?
Oct
4
5:30 PM17:30

What Do Americans Think About The Direction of Energy And Climate Policy?

The U.S. Department of Energy recently proposed a rule that would subsidize the ailing coal and nuclear industries, arguing that these sources of electricity are needed to ensure grid reliability as renewable fuels gain market share. Critics of the proposed rule say it is an unnecessary bailout of uncompetitive and dirty energy sources, and that renewables pose no threat to grid reliability. What are the major factors driving change in the U.S. grid? What are the challenges facing regulators? If Secretary Perry’s proposal is adopted, what effect will it actually have?

Join the Harris Energy and Environmental Association and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), in partnership with The Aspen Institute, for a panel discussion on the recent proposal, the underlying Electricity Markets and Reliability report, and the possible impacts to the future of U.S. energy.

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The Future of Nuclear Energy: Featuring John Deutch
Sep
26
5:30 PM17:30

The Future of Nuclear Energy: Featuring John Deutch

The U.S. Department of Energy recently proposed a rule that would subsidize the ailing coal and nuclear industries, arguing that these sources of electricity are needed to ensure grid reliability as renewable fuels gain market share. Critics of the proposed rule say it is an unnecessary bailout of uncompetitive and dirty energy sources, and that renewables pose no threat to grid reliability. What are the major factors driving change in the U.S. grid? What are the challenges facing regulators? If Secretary Perry’s proposal is adopted, what effect will it actually have?

Join the Harris Energy and Environmental Association and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), in partnership with The Aspen Institute, for a panel discussion on the recent proposal, the underlying Electricity Markets and Reliability report, and the possible impacts to the future of U.S. energy.

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 EPIC Welcome BBQ
Sep
22
11:30 AM11:30

EPIC Welcome BBQ

The U.S. Department of Energy recently proposed a rule that would subsidize the ailing coal and nuclear industries, arguing that these sources of electricity are needed to ensure grid reliability as renewable fuels gain market share. Critics of the proposed rule say it is an unnecessary bailout of uncompetitive and dirty energy sources, and that renewables pose no threat to grid reliability. What are the major factors driving change in the U.S. grid? What are the challenges facing regulators? If Secretary Perry’s proposal is adopted, what effect will it actually have?

Join the Harris Energy and Environmental Association and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), in partnership with The Aspen Institute, for a panel discussion on the recent proposal, the underlying Electricity Markets and Reliability report, and the possible impacts to the future of U.S. energy.

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National Conference on Air and Water Pollution: Innovations in Regulation, Abatement and Monitoring
Jul
7
9:00 AM09:00

National Conference on Air and Water Pollution: Innovations in Regulation, Abatement and Monitoring

The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's India team (EPIC-India) will host this national conference aiming to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation.

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Catalyzing Energy Technology Transformations, Featuring Eric Masanet, International Energy Agency
Jun
26
5:30 PM17:30

Catalyzing Energy Technology Transformations, Featuring Eric Masanet, International Energy Agency

Improvements in technology continue to transform the outlook for the energy sector, driving changes in business models, energy demand and supply patterns as well as regulatory approaches. What are the opportunities and challenges of scaling and accelerating the deployment of clean energy technologies? Eric Masanet, the head of the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA), will present the IEA’s newly-launched Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) 2017—the agency’s annual comprehensive publication focused on global energy technology transformations.

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