PhD Day

The PhD Day will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 8:30am to 1:45pm, and we invite all students registered for the conference to attend. This year's event follows the great success of the inaugural PhD Day in Houston last year.

The PhD Day is designed to facilitate a more in-depth discussion of each paper compared to concurrent sessions. Seven outstanding papers have been selected to be presented at the PhD Day. The presenters will also act as discussants on each other's papers.

Participants at the PhD Day will not only have the opportunity to listen to their peers present and review papers, but also meet students with similar interests and engage in productive discussions.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute.

In addition, the Sloan Foundation has provided funding opportunities for all students presenting at the PhD Day and for selected students attending the PhD Day.

The program is as follows.

8:30 - 8:40

Coffee and Light Refreshments

Session 1: Electricity Pricing

8:40 - 9:15

Scott Burger, MIT
Fair, equitable, and efficient tariffs in the presence of distributed energy resources
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Discussant: Jacob Mays

9:15 - 9:50

Jacob Mays, Northwestern
Investment Effects of Pricing Schemes for Non-Convex Markets
Discussant: Scott Burger

9:50 - 10:10


Session 2: Evaluating the Effects of New Technology

10:10 - 10:45

Jacob Ward, Carnegie Mellon University
On-Demand Ridesourcing has Reduced Per-Capita Vehicle Registrations and Air Pollutant Emissions in U.S. States
Discussant: Jesse Backstrom

10:45 - 11:20

Jesse Backstrom, Texas A&M
On the Reporting of Water Use and the Effects of Water Use in Hydraulic Fracturing on Groundwater Levels in Texas
Discussant: Jing Liang

11:20 - 11:55

Jing Liang, University of Maryland
Social versus Private Benefits of Energy Efficiency under Time-Of-Use Pricing and Increasing Block Rate
Discussant: Jacob Ward

11:55 - 12:35


Session 3: Wind and Uncertainty

12:35 - 1:10

Seshadri Srinivasa Raghavan, UC Davis
Impact of Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Wind Power on Electricity Markets
Discussant: Ian Schneider

1:10 - 1:45

Ian Schneider, MIT
Selling Wind
Discussant: Seshadri Srinivasa Raghavan

Each author has 20 minutes to present their paper. The discussant will then give a 10 minute review.

The event will be held in the Richmond Room at the conference venue.

Refreshments will be provided for all attending the PhD Day.