Energy and the Environment


  1. PNAS Study: Promise of EVs Depends Critically on Electricity Generation Sources

    Shifting to electric vehicles in the future will reduce emissions due to less burning of gasoline in internal combustion engines. But a significant share of this benefit will continue to be offset without complementary policies designed to lower emissions from the sources of electricity that come online to meet additional demand.
  2. Solar in the American Mind

    A grant from the U.S. Department of Energy has YSE Professor Ken Gillingham examining what influences the decisions Americans are making regarding solar energy and electric vehicles.
  3. The Complex Implications of COVID-19 on Global Energy Markets, Consumer Behaviors

    china trop 2020056
    From January to February, NASA and European Space Agency pollution monitoring satellites detected significant decreases in nitrogen dioxide over China. The change was at least partly related to the economic slowdown following the outbreak of coronavirus.
    The paralytic effect of the COVID-19 threat on human activities has triggered a steep decline in energy use worldwide, grounding airlines, keeping motorists off roadways, and grinding industry to a halt. 
    Kenneth T Gillingham
    Kenneth Gillingham
    But while this monumental shift has had dramatic short-term environmental implications — including steep emissions reductions in some of the hardest-hit regions — the dire effects on global energy