Dynamic residential pricing of electricity: is it beneficial for households and the electric system?

RESEARCH: Most plausible scenarios of dynamic pricing of residential electricity is likely to lead to households reducing electricity usage along with their monthly bill. In view of the timing of the reduction in demand, Dynamic pricing could play a role in integration of intermittent energy sources. CERE member Chandra Kiran explains findings in the new working paper. Click on headline to read more
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"The intellectual collapse of environmental policy"

CERE's Per-Olov Johansson and Bengt Kriström states their views on what they call the intellectual collapse of environmental policy in Barometern. They claim that it is "no longer about difficult tradeoffs, not even about making impact assessments". They argue that environmental policy moves away from evidence-based policies towards measures without scientific support that are unnecessarily costly, and that both the environment and taxpayers could benefit from improved environmental policies.

"The Swedish environmental policy of today lives in an intellectual vacuum that in the long run, both the environment and taxpayers pick up the bill for. Introducing new tools for environmental policy supported by solid economic theory is replaced by symbolic politics without principles. The environmental policy has lost its intellectual vitality."

Read the full article "Miljöpolitikens intellektuella kollaps" (The intellectual collapse of the environmental policy) in Barometern, published February 19, 2018. Please note: only in Swedish.

Quotes translated by webmaster. 

Escaping the pastoralist paradox in the face of climate change

Last week SLU researchers were in Kenya to start up a new research project about the link between land ownership and the capacity for climate change in three semi-arid regions in Kenya dominated by pastoralism. A comparative analysis of different tenure systems and their implications for climate vulnerability in semi-arid Sub-Saharan African is to be done. The project is financed by The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and will initially run for three years.

Read more at SLU Global

PhD student Jinggang Guo's experience at Purdue

Jinggang left to learn more about CGE modeling at the prestigious University in the United States. He quickly felt right at home and was impressed by the Center for Global Trade Analysis. Learn more about his experiences.

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Opinion: Big bubbles, no troubles

This is the story of how textbook examples of environmental taxation and emission trading came to life and the obstacles they face, all from the perspective of CERE Research Director Bengt Kriström. Complete with bubbles, dragons, yin and yang. Grab a coffee or tea and enjoy.

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Survey’s, scholarship and the pastoralist paradox

Three projects have received grants for research starting 2018. One project hope to contribute to a better understanding of the merits of using intervals in survey research. Another project aims to provide new insights on how pastoralist land tenure can be designed to enable effective adaptation strategies. The third grant is a scholarship that enables continuous research for PhD Mattias Vesterberg.

Landscape planning to promote biodiversity and a varied forestry

Landscape planning could to a greater extent be used to balance different interests in the forest. Some forest areas might be in need of extended nature conservation in favor of biodiversity. Other areas lack conservation values and could open up for a more intensive forestry. The possibilities with landscape planning in the forest and how it could be applied is being studied in an ongoing project.

Does Corporate Social Responsibility pay off?

CSRUsing a strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) where profit is still maximized can be advantageous. Three positive effects of CSR are noticeable: consumers’ willingness to pay increase, more productive employees and risk is reduced.

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