Outstanding Student Papers/Posters

Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award

USAEE especially encourages student work in energy economics. Each year, the Dennis J. O’Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Awards showcase and reward the best student work in the profession. There are three levels of award. Up to 10 papers may receive a Student Paper Award and $500 cash plus a Conference Registration Fee Scholarship. Among those, four will receive a Best Student Paper Finalist Award and an additional $250 cash and the paper will be presented during a special session at the USAEE/IAEE Conference. Among those four, one will receive the Best Student Paper Award and an additional $250. A panel of judges makes all decisions. Award recipients must attend the conference to receive their award at a ceremony during the Conference.

The awards honor Dennis J. O’Brien, a champion of students and an early leader of our Association. Dennis J. O'Brien co-founded the US Association of Energy Economics as a chapter of the IAEE in the early 1990s. He was President of the US Chapter during 1994 and 1995. He was President of IAEE for 1997. Those who knew him remember him as being especially dedicated to helping students and energy economics professionals in the early stages of their careers. He passed away in 2005 on his return from that year’s North American Conference. The awards are funded in part by USAEE members and sponsors who have contributed to the USAEE Student Support Fund.

To student applicants: To enter the Dennis J. O’Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award competition, you must be a member of IAEE. Send a pdf version of your paper to Doug Conrad, USAEE Executive Director, usaee@usaee.org. The paper must not exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Have your advisor send a letter on your behalf indicating that you are a full-time student (or recent graduate and not employed full-time) and indicating that the paper is your work (and not co-authored with non-students). Both the paper and the letter must be received by each year's deadline. You will be notified of an Award . Note that travel and lodging costs are your responsibility. Also note that if you would like to present your paper at the Conference even if it does not receive a Finalist Award (and thus get presented in a special session), you must follow the regular paper submission procedures, submitting an abstract by the due date.

For further information contact Doug Conrad, USAEE Executive Director, usaee@usaee.org or 937.551.8200.

Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Awards

USAEE/IAEE student members may compete for a Student Paper Award at the yearly USAEE/IAEE North American Conference. The author of the best paper receives the Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award and a $1,000 (USD) prize. To view the criteria for the next USAEE Best Student Paper Award, please see above. USAEE is grateful to Southern Company who has generously underwritten the Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Awarded Papers

VIRTUAL SESSION, 2020:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award:

First Place: Contracting for Electricity in Low Income Countries: the Role of Liquidity Constraints and Transaction Costs

Megan Lang, UC Berkeley


37th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, DENVER CO, 2019:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award:

First Place: Credit and attention in the adoption of profitable energy efficient technologies in Kenya

Susanna Berkouwer, UC Berkeley and
Joshua T Dean, Institute for Behavior & Inequality


36th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON DC, 2018:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award:

First Place: Gone with the Wind: Consumer Surplus from Renewable Generation Matt R Butner, University of Colorado, Boulder
(Gone With The Wind Presentation)
Runner Up: Insider trading on continuous intraday electricity markets? Some empirical evidence from Germany Niyaz Valitov and Andreas Maier, University of Wuppertal
View Presentation)
Runner Up: The Abatement Cost of Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Production - Marks Levi Marks, University of California, Santa Barbara
View Presentation)

35th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TX, 2017:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award:

First Place (shared): Natural Gas Salt Cavern Storage Cost Predictability Nathalie Hinchey, Rice University
First Place (shared): Dam Spillovers: Direct Costs and Spillovers from Environmental Constraints on Hydroelectric Generation James Archsmith, University of California Davis (View Presentation)

34th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, TULSA, OK, 2016:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award:

First Place: Heterogeneous responses and differentiated taxes: evidence from the heavy-duty trucking industry in the U.S.  Jen Z. He, University of Maryland (View Presentation)
First runner-up: Fracking and Land Productivity: Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing on Agriculture Naima Farah, University of Calgary (View Presentation)
Third Place: Voting Behavior in the PJM Regional Transmission Organization Kyungjin Yoo and Seth Blumsack, Penn State University 
Fourth Place:  Private and Social Value of Blackout Risk Reduction Anand Govindarajan, Pennsylvania State University 

33rd USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, PITTSBURGH, PA, 2015:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award:  Wind Power Producers Costs And Associated Market Regulations: The Source of Wind Power Producers’ Market Power – Yang Yu, Stanford University

Other students who received USAEE Paper Awards with a stipend of $500 and complimentary conference registration are:

 

37th IAEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, NEW YORK CITY, 2014:


32nd USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, ANCHORAGE, AK, 2013:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award: Migration and Fuel Use in Rural Mexico  – Dale T. Manning, University of California, Davis

Other students who received USAEE Paper Awards with a stipend of $500 and complimentary conference registration are:

 

31st USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX, 2012:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award:  Liquidity Constraints and High Electricity Use Among Low-Income Households, Philipp-Bastian Brutscher, University of Cambridge

Other students who received USAEE Paper Awards with a stipend of either $750 or $500 and complimentary conference registration are:

 


30th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON, DC, 2011:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award: Evaluating Wind-Following and Ecosystem Services for Hydroelectric Dams in PJM - Alisha R. Fernandez, Pennsylvania State University

Other students who received USAEE Paper Awards with a stipend of either $750 or $500 and complimentary conference registration are:


Papers prior to 2011 are available upon request from USAEE

Please email usaee@usaee.org with the author and year of presentation and it will be sent to you.

29th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA, 2010:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award: Identifying the Elasticity of Driving: Evidence from a Gasoline Price Shock in California - Kenneth Gillingham

Other students who received USAEE Paper Awards with a stipend of either $750 or $500 and complimentary conference registration are:

  • Howard Chong - University of California, Berkeley
  • Nicolas Choquette-Levy, Rahul Nakhasi, Geoff Holmes & Marc Beaudin - University of Calgary
  • Valerie J. Karplus - MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change
  • Christophe McGlade - University College London
  • Aurelie Mejean, University of Cambridge

32nd IAEE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (hosted by USAEE), SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2009:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award: Idle Oil Wells: Half Empty or Half Full? - Lucija Muehlenbachs

Other students who received USAEE Paper Awards with a stipend of $750 and complimentary conference registration are:

  • Fatemeh Nazifi, Macquarie University
  • Deepak Rajagopal, University of California, Berkeley
  • Nic Rivers, Simon Fraser University

28th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, NEW ORLEANS, LA, 2008:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award: Valuing Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles' Battery Capacity Using a Real Options Framework - Derek M. Lemoine

Other students who received USAEE Paper Awards with a stipend of $500 and complimentary conference registration are:

  • Ayed Al-Qahtani, Colorado School of Mines
  • David Baumann, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jiyong Eom, Stanford University
  • Janne Kettunen, London Business School
  • Ning Wu, MIT

27th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, HOUSTON, TX, 2007:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award: International Environmental Agreements: Is Global Cooperation Possible? - Katherine V. Calvin

Other students who received USAEE Paper Awards with a stipend of $500 and complimentary conference registration are:

  • Merrill Jones Barradale, University of California, Berkeley
  • Elaine Frey, George Washington University
  • Derek Lemoine, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kathleen Spees, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Fan Zhang, Harvard University

26th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, ANN ARBOR, MI, 2006:

The Dennis J. O'Brien USAEE Best Student Paper Award: A Stochastic Programming Framework for the Valuation of Electricity Storage - Pedram Mokrian & Moff Stephen

Other students who received USAEE Paper Awards with a stipend of $500 are:

  • Adam Brandt, University of California, Berkeley
  • Diana Schwyzer, University of California, Berkeley
  • Svetlana Ikonnikova, Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Daniel Dempsey, New York University
  • Greg Nemet, University of California, Berkeley
  • Olusegun Oladunjoye, University of Guelph
  • Sophia Ruester, Dresden University of Technology

25th IAEE/USAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, DENVER, 2005:


Does Uncertainty Matter? A Competing Risks Analysis of Investment in Petroleum Refining Industry - Xiaoyi Mu - 1st
Optimal Environmental Policies in a Heterogeneous Product Market Under Research and Development Competition and Cooperation - Olusegun Oladunjoye - 2nd
Econometric Study On Long-term Energy Strategy of Malaysia to the year 2030 - focusing on the impacts of renewable energy-based power generation - Peck Yean Gan - 3rd
Impact Mitigation for Emergency Events: Their Effects on Day-ahead and Real Time Market Locational Based Marginal Pricing at the New York ISO - Shoko Nakano - 4th


24th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON DC, 2004:

Spatial Pattern in Modeling Electricity Prices: Evidence from the PJM Market - Julia Popova


23rd USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, MEXICO CITY, 2003:

Efficient Tariffs for Cost Revelation in a Price and Quantity Constrained Electric Power Market - Serhiy Kotsan

Poster Awards

As an additional way of encouraging student work in energy economics USAEE offers a Student Poster Session along with a Cash Prize at USAEE North American Conferences. Entrants must be a member of IAEE and a full-time student (where a full-time student is defined as being registered full-time according to the definition of their respective academic institution and not employed full-time) at the time of submission. At this unique event, students present their recent academic work, completed or in progress, to all conference delegates in a specially designed networking session. Posters and the presentations are judged by an independent panel and a single cash prize of $1000 is awarded to the student with the best poster presentation.

Previous Winning Posters

36th IAEE North American Conference, Washington DC, 2018

 Under What Conditions is HVDC Conversion a Cost Effective Way to Increase Transmission Capacity in an Existing HVAC Corridor?


Liza B Reed
Carnegie Mellon University
View Abstract | View Poster


35th IAEE North American Conference, Houston, 2017

 Welfare Impacts of Optimal Virtual Bidding in a Multi-Settlement Electricity Market with Transmission Line Congestion

Hyungkwan Kim
Andrew L Liu
Paul V Preckel
Purdue University

Douglas Gotham
State Utility Forecasting Group

Welfare Impacts of Optimal Virtual Bidding Abstract  


34th IAEE North American Conference, Tulsa, 2016

 Drivers of Royalty Rates and Primary Terms and Primary Terms in Private U.S. Mineral Leases

Mark J Agerton
Rice University

 Drivers of Royalty Rates and Primary Terms Abstract


33rd IAEE North American Conference, Pittsburgh, 2015

 Understanding the Potential for Electricity Savings and Assessing Feasibility of a Transition towards DC Powered Buildings

Brock Glasgo
Chris Hendrickson
Ines Azevedo
Carnegie Mellon University

 Understanding the Potential for Electricity Savings - Paper


37th IAEE International Conference, NYC, 2014

Overall Winner: Social Effects in the Diffusion of Solar Photovoltaic Technology in the UK

Laura-Lucia Richter
PhD Student EconomicsUniversity of Cambridge

Social Effects in the Diffusion of Solar Photovoltaic Technology in the UK - Paper

Monday Winner: How might Interprovincial Migration Affect the Impact of China's Energy Policies?

Xiaohu Luo
Institute for Energy, Environment, and Economy, Tsinghua University

Valerie J Karplus
Justin Caron
MIT Joint Program

Xiliang Zhang
Da Zhang
Tsinghua University

32nd USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, ANCHORAGE, AK, 2013

The winner of the poster presentation cash prize awarded by USAEE was Andre Barbe (Rice University) for his work entitled,  Fossil Fuel Taxation in the Presidents 2013 Budget.

31st USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, AUSTIN, TX, 2012

The winner of the poster presentation cash prize awarded by USAEE was Burcu Cigerli (Rice University) for her work entitled, The Effects of North American Shale Gas on World Natural Gas Markets.

30th USAEE/IAEE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON, DC, 2011

The winner of the first poster presentation cash prize awarded by USAEE was Lucy Y. Qiu (Stanford University) for her work entitled,  Energy Demand of U.S. Commercial Buildings.