Call for Papers
The last two decades witnessed massive innovations in how energy is generated and used. Hydraulic fracturing transformed global oil and natural gas markets, leading to sharp declines in the prices of some fossil fuels. Natural gas replaced coal as the primary fuel for electricity generation, helping to reduce carbon emissions. Solar photovoltaic prices plummeted, and new storage technologies that could make renewable energy generation more practical in large parts of the globe moved from the laboratory bench to demonstration projects. Despite these advances, achieving the extensive emission reductions required to transition to a low-carbon economy requires still greater innovation. Many questions remain about the determinants of technological change in the energy sector, and about the factors that support or hold back breakthrough energy technologies. |
To promote research on these issues, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will convene a research conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 10-11, 2020. The conference, which is the first in a multi-year series of meetings on the economics of innovation in the energy sector, will feature presentations of six research projects on energy innovation. The project will be directed by Ashley Langer (University of Arizona) and David Popp (Syracuse University and NBER).
The conference will draw together researchers from energy economics, innovation, industrial organization, productivity, and other related fields to address issues concerning innovation in the energy sector, with an emphasis on what can be learned from recent successes in energy innovation. The types of questions that could be studied include:
To be considered for inclusion on the program, abstracts of no more than two pages in .pdf format should be uploaded by October 31, 2019, to the following site:
All proposals must be accompanied by a comprehensive conflict of interest statement that describes any financial or other interests of the researchers that might bear on the proposed work, in particular any financial ties to the energy industry.
NBER will provide a modest honorarium to authors, and can also provide some support for project-related data purchase. Decisions about which papers will be included on the program will be announced in December 2019.
The NBER will cover conference hotel charges and economy class travel cost for up to two authors per selected paper. All co-authors are welcome to attend the conference; space permitting, other participants are also welcome. Please direct questions about this project to firstname.lastname@example.org.