Clean energy technology policy: The economics of why and how


Seminar resource

Tuesday 13 March 2012

Title: Clean energy technology policy: The economics of why and how

Speaker: Dr Adele Morris, Policy Director, Climate and Energy
Economics Project, Brookings Institution, USA

Venue: Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Bldng #132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

Date: 13/3/12


One rationale for large public investments in clean energy technology points to concerns that have not been addressed by other policies, most notably greenhouse gas emissions and energy security. Another inspiration for clean energy policy suggests that strategic government investments would increase domestic firms’ market share of a growing industry and thus help domestic firms and workers. This lecture examines the economic case for clean energy policy in the United States and outlines the strategies most likely to produce long run net benefits.

Adele Morris is a fellow and policy director for Climate and Energy Economics at the Brookings Institution. Her expertise and interests include the economics of policies related to climate change, energy, natural resources, and public finance.

She joined Brookings in July 2008 from the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of the US Congress, where she spent a year as a Senior Economist covering energy and climate issues.

Before the JEC, Adele served nine years with the US Treasury Department as its chief natural resource economist, working on climate, energy, agriculture, and radio spectrum issues. On assignment to the US Department of State in 2000, she was the lead US negotiator on land use and forestry issues in the international climate change treaty process. Prior to joining the Treasury, she served as the senior economist for environmental affairs at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during the development of the Kyoto Protocol. She began her career at the Office of Management and Budget, where she conducted regulatory oversight of agriculture and natural resource agencies. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University, an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Utah, and a B.A. from Rice University.

This public lecture is presented by the Research School of Economics in partnership with the HC Coombs Policy Forum at the Crawford School at ANU.

This event is supported by the Australian National Institute of Public Policy with funding from the Australian Government under the 'Enhancing Public Policy Initiative'.



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