Essays in Energy and Environmental Economics
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Stuart, Daniel Nicholas
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CitationStuart, Daniel Nicholas. 2021. Essays in Energy and Environmental Economics. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
AbstractThis dissertation consists of three essays in energy and environmental economics. In
Chapter 1, my coauthor and I study the impact of alternative policies on carbon emissions
and electricity costs in the United States. We quantify these impacts using simulations
from a detailed model of the electricity power sector. We find that only three of the ten
policies can achieve deep decarbonization of the power sector by 2035 across a variety of
technology cost scenarios. In Chapter 2, I study the optimal subsidy for new renewable
generation. I develop new estimates for the marginal emissions rate using a power sector
model. Finally, in Chapter 3, I conduct an empirical analysis of reporting behavior for
point sources regulated under the Clean Water Act. I find evidence of strategic behavior in
that facilities near the numeric effluent limit fail to submit required pollution reports more
often than facilities far from the numeric limit.
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