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Karen L. Palmer
Research Director and Senior Fellow
202-328-5106
palmer@rff.org
RESEARCH TOPICS
 
AWARDS
 
Phi Beta Kappa, Brandeis University, 1981
 
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future, 2005- 2008
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
 
Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future, 2005- 2010
 
Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future, 1998 - present.
 
Fellow, Resources for the Future, Quality of the Environment Division, 1989 - 1998
 
Economist, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Economic Policy, 1996 - 1997.
 
Tutor, Stanford in Washington, Environmental Economics, 1993 - 1994.
 
Teaching Fellow, Boston College, Economics Department, "Statistics," 1986 - 1989.
 
Consultant, PMA Communications Inc., 1987.
 
Consultant, Data Resources Inc., Interindustry Service, 1986.
 
Teaching Assistant, Boston College, Economics Department, graduate "Microeconomic Theory," 1986.
 
Economist, Data Resources Inc., Interindustry Service, 1981- 1985.
 
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
 
Committee Memberships:
 
Member, New York Independent System Operator Environmental Advisory Council, 2004- present.
 
Member, National Regulatory Research Institute Research Advisory Committee, 1998 - 2001.
 
Secretary, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), 1994 - 1999.
 
Secretary/Treasurer, Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, 1993 - 1996.
 
 
Expert Reviewer:
 
Transmission Data and Analysis Study, Energy Information Administration, 2003
 
Studies of Multiple Pollutant Control, Energy Information Administration, 2001.
 
 
Lecturer:
 
U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Environmental Economics," November 1998.
 
 
Consultant:
 
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Louisana State University Center for Energy Studies
New York Power Pool
Florida Power and Light Company
Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
 
 
Reviewer:
 
National Energy Modeling System, Energy Information Administration, 1997.
 
 
Journal Referee:
 
The National Science Foundation
The RAND Journal of Economics
Resource and Energy Economics
Economic Inquiry
The Journal of Industrial Economics
The Journal of Regulatory Economics
Journal of Public Economics
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Land Economics
Journal of Economic Management and Strategy
The Energy Journal
Review of Economics and Statistics
Berkeley Electronic Journals in Economic Analysis and Policy
Policy Sciences
Environmental Science and Technology
Contemporary Economic Policy
Energy Economics
Environment and Development
 
PUBLIC SERVICE
 
Panels and Symposiums:
 
Member, National Research Council Committee on the Effects of Changes in New Source Review Programs for Stationary Sources of Air Pollutants, 2004- 2005.
 
Participant, Center for Advancement of Energy Markets, Default Provider Forum, 2002- 2003.
 
Alternate, National Electronics Products Stewardship Initiative, 2001- 2003.
 
Participant, Center for Clean Air Policy Restructuring and Air Quality Dialogue, 1998 - 2001.
 
Participant, Stanford Energy Modeling Forum 17, Prices and Emissions in a Restructured Electricity Market, 1998 - 2001.
 
Participant, Consumer Energy Council of America Research Foundation, Forum on Electricity Restructuring, 1996 - 1998.
 
Participant, Stanford Energy Modeling Forum 15, A Competitive Electricity Industry, 1996 - 1998.
 
Chairperson, Organizing Committee of the 21st Annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, 1993.
 
Member, Organizing Committee of the 19th and 20th Annual Telecommunications Policy Research Conferences, 1991, 1992.
 
Featured Publications
Secular Trends, Environmental Regulations and Electricity Markets
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, Anthony Paul and Matt Woerman
The Electricity Journal | July 2012 | Vol 25, No. 6 | pp. 35-47 | Related Discussion Paper 12-15
 
A Symmetric Safety Valve
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, Danny Kahn
Energy Policy | Vol. 38, No.19 | pp.4921-4932
 
Energy Efficiency Economics and Policy
Kenneth Gillingham, Richard G. Newell, and Karen Palmer
Annual Review of Resource Economics | Forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 09-13
 
Compensation Rules for Climate Policy in the Electricity Sector
Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
Journal of Public Policy Analysis and Management | Vol. 27, No. 4 | 819-847 | Related Discussion Paper 07-41
 
Modeling the Effects of Changes in New Source Review on National SO2 and NOx Emissions from Electricity-Generating Units
David A. Evans, Benjamin F. Hobbs, Craig Oren and Karen Palmer
Environmental Science and Technology | forthcoming | Related Discussion Paper 07-01
 
Simple Rules for Targetting CO2 Allowance Allocation to Compensate Firms
Karen Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, Danny Kahn
Climate Policy | Related Discussion Paper 06-28
 
CO2 Allowance Allocation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Effect on Electricity Investors
Dallas Burtraw, Danny Kahn and Karen Palmer
The Electricity Journal | March 2006 | Related Discussion Paper 05-55
 
Retrospective Review of Energy Efficiency Policies
Kenny Gillingham, Richard Newell, and Karen Palmer
Annual Review of Environmenta and Resources | 2006 | 31 | pp. 161-192
 
Cost-Effectiveness of Renewable Electricity Policies
Karen Palmer and Dallas Burtraw
Energy Economics | 2005 | Vol. 27, No. 6 | 873-894 | Related Discussion Paper 05-01
 
The Environmental Impacts of Electricity Restructuring: Looking Back and Looking Forward
Karen Palmer and Dallas Burtraw
Environment & Energy Law & Policy Journal | 2006 | Vol. 1, No. 1 | pp. 171-218
 
SO2 Control by Electric Utilities: What are the Gains from Trade?
Curtis Carlson, Dallas Burtraw, Maureen Cropper, and Karen L. Palmer
Journal of Political Economy | December 2000 | Vol. 108, No. 6 | pp. 1292-1326 | Related Discussion Paper 98-44-REV
 
Winner, Loser or Innocent Victim: Has Renewable Energy Performed as Expected?
James McVeigh, Dallas Burtraw, Joel Darmstadter, and Karen Palmer
Solar Energy | Vol. 68, No. 3 | pp. 237-255 | Related Discussion Paper 99-28
 
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