National Energy Policy Institute

Reports & Executive Summaries

Organizations under Large Uncertainty: An Analysis of the Fukushima Catastrophe

October 7, 2011

In this NEPI Working Paper, Masahiko Aoki and Geoffrey Rothwell of Stanford University present an analysis of the organizational (industry and government) responses to the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, and make policy recommendations to address the systemic weaknesses that exacerbated the direct impacts of the earthquake and tsunami on the nuclear facility.

Residential Retrofit Ground Source Heat Pump Benefits Assessment

September 15, 2010

Xiaobing Liu assesses the energy savings, CO2 emissions reductions, reduction in peak electrical demand,
and utility cost reductions, from retrofitting all U.S. single-family homes that have space heating, space
cooling, and water heating equipment with state-of-the-art GHP systems.

Hybrid Vehicles and Policies to Reduce GHG Emissions

July 15, 2010

Virginia McConnell (Resources for the Future) and Tom Turrentine (Center for Transportation Studies, University of California-Davis) assess the impact of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles on emissions and oil consumption, along with the cost-effectiveness, of several policies specifically targeted at encouraging the deployment of these vehicles.

Oil and Gas Security Issues

June 23, 2010

John Deutch discusses the various economic and geo-political dimensions of U.S. energy security, and summarizes and critiques recent attempts to estimate the external economic costs of U.S. oil consumption that result from the vulnerability of the U.S. economy to oil price shocks, and from
potential U.S. market power.

Economics, Energy and GHG Implications of LNG Trucks

Alan J. Krupnick explores how changes in fuel price differential (between natural gas and diesel), first-cost differential, and interest rate may affect the economic potential of LNG trucks, and also examines the effects on oil consumption of imposing a mandatory penetration rate of LNG trucks in the heavy-duty fleet.

New U.S. Nuclear Generation: 2010-2030

Geoffrey Rothwell discusses the policies available to stimulate new nuclear plant development, the impacts of these policies on the costs of power generation, their cost-effectiveness at reducing GHG emissions, and the time at which new plants might become operational.

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