National Capital Area Chapter of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics

Upcoming Events

Monday Mar 16 2015 BEST - Breakfast Energy Series Talk
Topic: Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program

Energy efficiency investments are widely believed to offer the rare win-win opportunity. Detailed engineering projections, such as those summarized by the well-known McKinsey curves, routinely project positive net present value investments based only on private returns. Moreover, by reducing the energy necessary to achieve a given level of energy services, these investments promise to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in addition to other pollutants that compromise human health. Policymakers from both sides of the aisle have seized on the perceived benefits of energy efficiency and have proposed and enacted a number of policies to promote energy efficiency. I will discuss evidence from a new paper that uses an innovative experimental approach to obtain ex post, field estimates of savings from the Weatherization Assistance Program, the nation's largest residential energy efficiency program. The results suggest real savings, though not as large as those projected by the ex ante engineering models.

Speaker: Catherine Wolfram

Catherine WolframCatherine Wolfram is the Cora Jane Flood Professor of Business Administration at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She is also Faculty Director of the Energy Institute at Haas and of The E2e Project, a research organization focused on energy efficiency.

Wolfram has published extensively on the economics of energy markets. She has studied the electricity industry around the world and has analyzed the effects of environmental regulation, including climate change mitigation policies, on the energy sector. She is currently implementing several randomized controlled trials to evaluate energy programs in the U.S., Kenya and India.

She received a PhD in economics from MIT in 1996 and an AB from Harvard in 1989.  Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, she was an assistant professor of economics at Harvard.

Date: Monday Mar 16 2015
Time: 8:00 AM until 9:15 AM
Location: Resources for the Future
Tickets: Click to Register / Purchase Only 36 Places Open
RSVP: COB 03/12/2015
For Information:

NCAC-USAEE Treasurer, James Crandall

Cost: Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $15.00
Student Members $5.00
Student Non-Members $5.00

The first BEST event will be held in the 7th floor conference room at Resources for the Future located at 1616 P street, NW, near the Dupont Circle metro.  A light breakfast will be served beginning at 8:00 AM and the program will begin at 8:15 and wrap up by 9:15.  The cost of the breakfast will be $15 and you can register at  Please register by March 12.  This breakfast is open to everyone, but seating is limited so please register early to reserve your place.

Friday Mar 20 2015 Lunch with Speaker
Topic: Climate Change & Energy Policy: DOE Perspective

Dr. Jonathan Pershing will discuss the state of climate change negotiations and energy policy options surrounding this key issue.

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Pershing, Principal Deputy Director, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, & Deputy Asst. Sec. for Climate Change Policy and Technology, Office of International Affairs, U.S. DOE

Dr. Jonathan Pershing is the Principal Deputy Director of the new Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, and will continue to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Policy and Technology in the Office of International Affairs. In these roles, he both supports DOE’s domestic policy agenda, as well as leads on international climate policy for the Department.  

Prior to joining DOE, Dr. Pershing was at the U.S. Department of State, where he served as the Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change and the lead negotiator representing the United States at meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Before his appointment to the Obama Administration, he spent six years as the Director of the Climate, Energy and Pollution Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a Washington, D.C., think tank; five years as the Head of the Environment Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris; and for nearly a decade in the 1990s, served the Science Advisor and Deputy Director of the Office of Global Change in the U.S. Department of State.  

Dr. Pershing holds a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics, and has also held positions in the private sector as a petroleum and mining geologist, and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota and at American University. He has published and lectured widely on climate and energy issues, and has served as a lead author, review editor and contributor for reports of the Nobel-prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).   

Date: Friday Mar 20 2015
Time: 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Location: Carmine's Restaurant, 425 7th St NW
Tickets: Click to Register / Purchase Only 99 Places Open
RSVP: COB 03/18/2015
For Information:

NCAC-USAEE Treasurer, James Crandall

Cost: Members: $25.00
Non-Members: $30.00
Student Members $5.00
Student Non-Members $10.00

NOTE ON PRICING:  Starting with the January 2015 lunch, we will institute a $5.00 surcharge for payment at the door.  We need to do this because we need to give the restaurant a headcount two days before the event, and we often have quite a large number of no-shows that we have to pay for.


Please note that Chatham House Rule applies; attendees can use the information presented but are not allowed to quote the source or the event.