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Policy Brief on Energy Efficiency Subsidies

April 7, 2015

HEEP Faculty Fellow, Joseph Aldy, and University of Maryland Professor, Sébastien Houde, co-authored the first HEEP Policy Brief, based on the Discussion Paper, “Belt and Suspenders and More: The Incremental Impact of Energy Efficiency Subsidies in the Presence of Existing Policy Instruments.”

HEEP Releases Major Research Paper on Energy Efficiency

HEEP Releases Major Research Paper on Energy Efficiency

January 28, 2015

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program—together with the Duke University Energy Initiative—has released a paper titled “Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Gap.” The “energy-efficiency gap” refers to the apparent phenomenon that energy-efficient technologies, while offering considerable promise for reducing the financial costs and environmental damages associated with energy use, are not adopted by consumers and businesses to the degree that would seem be justified, …

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Energy Efficiency Gap Workshop

December 9, 2013

The Harvard Environmental Economics Program, along with the Duke University Energy Initiative, hosted a two-day workshop on October 24-25, 2013 at the Harvard Kennedy School titled, "Evaluating the Energy Efficiency Gap." The energy-efficiency gap refers to some energy-efficiency technologies that would apparently be justified based on their private financial net benefits not being adopted at the expected rate. The workshop's goal was to identify potential explanations for this apparent phenomenon.

Evaluating the Energy Efficiency Gap: Research and Practice

May 20, 2013

This joint initiative between Duke and Harvard University will advance understanding of the "energy efficiency gap" and the diverse factors that affect the adoption of energy-efficient equipment and practices. It focuses on differences between predicted and observed adoption of these technologies. The initiative's findings will inform future research and policy. Learn more here.