Academic Experts Available for Interviews on Energy Issues, Winter Heating Costs

Article ID: 524882

Released: 2-Nov-2006 12:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Newswise — The following UC Berkeley Haas School of Business experts are available for interviews on issues related to winter heating and energy.

Severin BorensteinBorenstein is the E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at the Haas School of Business, director of the University of California Energy Institute, and research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Borenstein also is co-director of the Center for the Study of Energy Markets and a former member of the governing board of the California Power Exchange and the California Attorney General's Gasoline Price Task Force.

He can comment on gasoline and oil market pricing and competition; electricity deregulation, market formation, and competition; and the economics of alternative energy.

James BushnellBushnell is research director of the University of California Energy Institute and a lecturer in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group. Bushnell also is co-director of the Center for the Study of Electricity Markets, a member of the Market Surveillance Committee of the California Independent System Operator, and former member of the Market Monitoring Committee of the California Power Exchange.

Bushnell can comment on energy policy, including electricity deregulation, as well as gasoline and oil market prices and competition.

Catherine WolframWolfram is an associate professor in the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group. Wolfram studies energy economics and electricity industry restructuring. In a working paper titled "Consumption and Changes in Home Energy Costs: How Prevalent Is the 'Heat or Eat' Decision?" Wolfram and her co-authors studied the impact of higher energy bills on household savings. They found that households without savings cut back their spending by roughly 40 cents for each dollar that they didn't expect on their energy bills.

In addition to discussing her "Heat or Eat" research, Wolfram can comment on the electricity industry and deregulation, the effects of environmental regulations on the energy industry, and climate change.


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