Category: Cutler Cleveland
The editorial team of Energy Policy have highlighted a small selection of recently published papers that encapsulate the journal’s focus on publishing quality original research addressing the policy implications of energy supply and use from their economic, social, planning and environmental aspects. “The Effect of Climate Change on Electricity Expenditures in Massachusetts” by Robert Kaufmann, Cutler Cleveland, and colleagues was included.
“Climate change affects consumer expenditures by altering the consumption of and price for electricity,” the authors write. “Here we present the first empirical estimates for the effect of climate change on electricity prices.” Click to read the full article.
A new study by Karina Véliz (GRS’09,’14), a former E&E graduate student, and Professor Kaufmann suggests that price spikes will be the primary drivers of electricity cost increases in response to climate change. The research was published in Energy Policy in March, with co-authors including Professor Cleveland.
Professor Cutler J. Cleveland joined other members of the BU faculty and staff who have written for BU Today to talk about this week’s election and what’s next. Click here to read Professor Cleveland’s reflections on potential environment and energy policies.
Professor Cutler Cleveland joined a panel at BU’s Fredrick S. Pardee School of Global Studies to discuss whether Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an accurate measurement of human progress. “The way [GDP] treats non-renewable resources is fundamentally wrong, and is inconsistent with the way it treats manufactured capital,” Dr. Cleveland noted, adding, “There are a number of broader ecosystem services that are not traded in market, but underpin life itself, including our economic life — a stable climate, protection of the ozone layer, the provision of fertile soil, crop pollination.” Read more about the discussion here.
Professor Cleveland’s talk will focus on “Climate Change and the Transition to Sustainable Energy.”
The talk will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm today, Nov. 2nd, in CAS 226. The talk is free and open to the public.
To learn more about Professor Cleveland’s work, check out his profile page.
To learn more about the talk, see the attached flyer.
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Earth & Environment Professor Cutler Cleveland’s coauthored paper on “Order from Chaos: A Preliminary Protocol for Determining the EROI of Fuels” was recently awarded the First Prize, Best Paper Awards for 2015 by the journal Sustainability.
The inaugural Best Paper Awards “recognize the most outstanding papers in the area of environmental, cultural, economic, technical and social sustainability of human beings published in Sustainability.” The announcement can be accessed here.
Cleveland’s paper can be accessed here.
In the article, Prof. Cleveland gives his take on state and local environmental policies, economic concerns related to environmentally-friendly policies, and the most important things individuals can do to “reduce their impact on the environment” (“2015’s“).
To read the entire article, click here.
Earth & Environment undergraduate Patricia Zundritsch will be holding her thesis defense this coming Monday April 13th, 2015 at 10 am in room CAS 116.
Zundritsch’s thesis is titled “Labor Market Implications of Solar Energy Policy In the US, Germany, and China.”
All members of the department are encouraged to attend and support Patricia.
Zundritsch’s thesis abstract is below.
“Labor Market Implications of Solar Energy Policy In the US, Germany, and China”
This study analyzes how the Porter hypothesis applies to employment effects of solar energy policies. The Porter hypothesis argues that environmental regulations can generate economic benefits. Few of the 21 studies reviewed comprehensively consider the myriad of employment effects, which critically determine the magnitude of net employment effects, and whether these effects are positive or negative. Though the studies are hardly comparable due to the heterogeneity of assumptions and measuring metrics, the majority show positive net employment effects based on the high labor intensity of solar photovoltaics (PV). Model results and trade data support the Porter hypothesis as countries that established renewable energy policies gained a competitive advantage in the global market. The results also indicate that job impacts are time-dependent; delayed impacts of the budget effect, time at which policies are established, and changes in demand related to policy introduction and price reductions all constitute different time dimensions of employment effects. The influence of cyclical policy support on the comparative advantage of the US illustrates the importance of consistent policies. Germany’s policy created a mature PV market, but the plateauing comparative advantage and declining domestic market suggest that current employment in the PV market may be hard to sustain. China’s rapidly growing exports, but low domestic demand, also illustrate a one-sided dependence that is more vulnerable to negative employment effects. The employment effects of late adopting countries are uncertain as they may be unable to build a comparative advantage, but could benefit from PV reaching grid parity.