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Karen L. Palmer
Research Director, Senior Fellow, and Associate Director, Center for Climate and Electricity Policy
202-328-5106
palmer@rff.org
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PROFILE
 
Palmer has been a researcher at RFF for more than 20 years and is the first recipient of the Darius Gaskins Chair. She specializes in the economics of environmental and public utility regulation, particularly on issues at the intersection of air quality regulation and the electricity sector. Her work seeks to improve the design of incentive-based environmental regulations that influence the electric utility sector, including controls of multi-pollutants and carbon emissions from electrical generating plants. To this end, she identifies cost-effective approaches to allocating emissions allowances, explores policies targeting carbon emissions and other air pollutants, and efficient ways to promote use of renewable sources of electricity. 
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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Borrowing to Save Energy: An Assessment of Energy-Efficiency Financing Programs
Karen L. Palmer, Margaret A. Walls, Todd Gerarden
RFF Report | April 2012
 
Compliance Responsibility and Allowance Allocation in a CO2 Cap?and?Trade Program for the Electricity Sector in California
Karen Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, Anthony Paul
California Energy Commission | 7/1/10
 
Renewable Energy and Efficiency Modeling Analysis Partnership (REMAP): An Analysis of How Different Energy Models Addressed a Common High Renewable Energy Penetration Scenario in 2025
Karen Palmer Nate Blair Thomas Jenkin James Milford Walter Short Patrick Sullivan David Evans Elliot Lieberman Gary Goldstein Evelyn Wright Kamala R. Jayaraman Boddy Venkatesh Gary Kleiman Christopher NamoviczBob Smith Ryan Wiser and Frances Wood
National Renewable Energy Lab Technical Report NREL/TR6A2-45656 | September 2009
 
Haiku Documentation: RFF’s Electricity Market Model version 2.0
Anthony Paul, Dallas Burtraw, Karen L. Palmer
RFF Report | January 2009
 
Electricity from Renewable Resources: Status, Prospects, and Impediments
America's Energy Future Panel on Electricity from Renewables, participating authors
Washington: National Academy of Science, National Academy of Engineering and National Research Counsel | 2009
 
Compliance Responsibility And Allowance Allocation In A CO2 Emissions Cap-and-Trade Program For The Electricity Sector In California
Karen Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, Anthony Paul
California Energy Commission | September 30, 2008
 
Auction Design for Selling CO2 Emission Allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - Addendum
Charles Holt, William Shobe, Dallas Burtraw, Karen L. Palmer, Jacob Goeree, Erica Myers
RFF Report | April 2008
 
Assessing U.S. Climate Policy Options
Raymond J. Kopp, William A. Pizer, Daniel Hall, Richard D. Morgenstern, Juha V. Siikamäki, Joseph E. Aldy, Ian W.H. Parry, Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, Mun Ho, Evan M Herrnstadt, Joseph Maher
RFF Report | November 2007
 
Auction Design for Selling CO2 Emission Allowances Under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Charles Holt, William Shobe, Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, Jacob Goeree
NYSERDA | 10/26/07
 
Auction Design for Selling CO2 Emission Allowances under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Dallas Burtraw, Jacob Goeree, Charles Holt, Karen L. Palmer, William Shobe
RFF Report | October 2007
 
U.S. Climate Policies
Toshi Arimura, Karen Palmer, Dallas Burtraw (with Alan Krupnick)
Mizuho Bank Group for METI, Japan | 3/15/07
 
Economic and Energy Impacts from Maryland’s Potential Participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Dallas Burtraw, Anthony Paul, Mathius Ruth, Steve Gabriel, Kim Ross, Ben Hobbs, Yihsu Chen, Daraius Irani, Jeffrey Michael
Maryland Department of Environment | January 31, 2007
 
New Source Review for Stationary Sources of Air Pollution
Karen Palmer
Committee on Changes in New Source Review Programs for Stationary Sources of Air Pollution, National Research Council | 2006
 
Summary Communication: Reducing Emissions from the Electricity Sector: The Costs and Benefits Nationwide and in the Empire State
Karen Palmer, Dallas Burtraw and Jhih-Shyang Shih
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority | October 2005
 
Electricity Restructuring, Environmental Policy and Emissions: Insights from a Policy Analysis
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, Anthony Paul and Ranjit Bharvirkar
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Power Plant Research Program | Forthcoming
 
Electricity, Renewables, and Climate Change: Searching for a Cost-Effective Policy
Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw
RFF Report | May 2004
 
Economic Efficiency and Distributional Consequences of Different Approaches to NOx and SO2 Allowance Allocation
Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency | October 2, 2003
 
A Comparison of the Effects of the Distribution of Emission Allowances for Sulfur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxides and Carbon Dioxide
Dallas Burtraw and Karen Palmer
EPA National Center for Environmental Research | May 2, 2003
 
Electricity Restructuring, Environmental Policy, and Emissions
Dallas Burtraw, Karen L. Palmer, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Anthony Paul
RFF Report | December 2002
 
The Product Stewardship Movement: Understanding Costs, Effectiveness, and the Role of Policy
Karen L. Palmer, Margaret A. Walls
RFF Report | November 2002
 
The RFF Haiku Electricity Market Model
Karen L. Palmer, Dallas Burtraw, Ranjit Bharvirkar, Anthony Paul
RFF Report | June 2002
 
Regional Impacts of Electricity Restructuring on Emissions of NOx and CO2
Dallas Burtraw, Karen Palmer, and Anthony Paul
State of Maryland, Department of Natural Resources, Power Plant Research Program (PPRP-123) | June 2000
 
Using Economic Incentives to Regulate Toxic Substances
Molly K. Macauley, Michael Bowes, and Karen Palmer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) | March 1992
 
Power Plant Fuel Supply Contracts: The Changing Nature of Long-Term Relationships
Karen Palmer, Peter Fox-Penner, R. David Simpson, and Michael A. Toman
Public Utility Reports | 1992
 
  
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