Our Work

The Payne Institute experts are regional, national, and international leaders in applied research in natural resources, energy, and the environment. Our team is involved in a wide variety of research projects in these fields, and are committed to sharing these results with academic and professional audiences.

Academic Articles

2018

2017

2016

  • Graham A. Davis and Robert D. Cairns. “The Odd Notion of ‘Reversible Investment.” Journal of Banking and Finance, 2016.
  • Böhringer, Christoph, Jared C. Carbone and Thomas F. Rutherford. “Embodied Carbon Tariffs.” Forthcoming in the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.
  • Jared C. Carbone and Kenneth J. McKenzie. “Going Dutch? The Impact of Oil Price Shocks on the Canadian Economy.” Canadian Public Policy, 42, no. 2, (2016): 168-180.
  • Christoph Böhringer, Jared C. Carbone and Thomas F. Rutherford. “The Strategic Value of Carbon Tariffs,” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8, no. 1, (2016): 28-51.
  • Victor Peredo-Alvarez, Whitney Trainor-Guitton, Ian Lange and Allen Bellas,  Mandate a Man to Fish?: Technological Advance in Cooling Systems at U.S. Thermal Electric Plants, Water Resources Research, 2016: 52(2), 1418-1426

2015

  • Graham A. Davis and Robert D. Cairns. “Mineral Depletion and the Rules of Resource Dynamics.” The Energy Journal, Vol. 36, SI1, 2015
  • Steffen Rebennack and Josef Kallrath, Continuous Piecewise Linear Delta-Approximations for Univariate Functions: Computing Minimal Breakpoint Systems, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 167(2):617-643, 2015
  • Handbook of Bioenergy: Bioenergy Supply Chain – Models and Applications, Sandra D. Eksioglu, Steffen Rebennack, and Panos M. Pardalos (Eds.), Energy Systems, Springer, 2015, ISBN: 978-3-319-20092-7
  • Didem Cinar, Panos M. Pardalos and Steffen Rebennack, “Evaluating Supply Chain Design Models for the Integration of Biomass Co-firing in Existing Coal Plants Under Uncertainty”, Chapter 8 in “Handbook of Bioenergy,” Sandra D. Eksioglu, Steffen Rebennack, and Panos M. Pardalos (Eds.), Springer, pp. 191-217, 2015
  • Steffen Rebennack and Josef Kallrath, “Continuous Piecewise Linear Delta-Approximations for Bivariate and Multivariate Functions”, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 167(1):102-117, 2015
  • Salman Mohagheghi and Steffen Rebennack, “Optimal Resilient Power Grid Operation During the Course of a Progressing Wildfire”, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, 73:843-852, 2015
  • Gregory Steeger and Steffen Rebennack, “Strategic Bidding for Multiple Price-Maker Hydroelectric Producers”, IIE Transactions, 47:1-19, 2015
  • Jeff Bryan, Ian Lange and Alex MacDonald, “Estimating the Price of ROCs”, The Electricity Journal, 2015:28(1), 49-57
  • Brett W. Jordan, Roderick G. Eggert, Brent W. Dixon, and Brett W. Carlsen, “Thorium: Crustal Abundance, Joint Production, and Economic Availability,” Resources Policy (2015), pp. 81-93,  DOI information: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2015.02.002.
  • Energy Journal, 2015, 36(4) Carbon content of electricity futures in Phase II of the EU ETS Harrison Fell, Beat Hintermann, and Herman Vollebergh. View Abstract
  • Stephen M. Frank and Steffen Rebennack, Optimal Design of Mixed AC-DC Distribution Systems for Commercial Buildings: A Nonconvex Generalized Benders Decomposition Approach,” European Journal of Operational Research, 242(3):710-729, 2015
  • Böhringer, Christoph, Jared C. Carbone and Thomas F. Rutherford. “The Strategic Value of Carbon Tariffs,” . American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Forthcoming.
  • Williams III, Roberton, Hal Gordon, Dallas Burtraw, Jared C. Carbone and Richard D. Morgenstern, “The Initial Incidence of a Carbon Tax Across Income Groups,” National Tax Journal, 68, no. 1, (2015): 195-214.
  • Williams III, Roberton, Hal Gordon, Dallas Burtraw, Jared C. Carbone and Richard D. Morgenstern, “The Initial Incidence of a Carbon Tax Across U.S. States,” National Tax Journal, 67, no. 4 (2014): 807-830.

2014

  • Josef Kallrath and Steffen Rebennack, “Computing Area-Tight Piecewise Linear Overestimators, Underestimators and Tubes for Univariate Functions”, Chapter 14 in “Optimization in Science and Engineering,” S. Butenko, C.A. Floudas, and T.M. Rassias (Eds.), Springer, pp. 273-292, 2014
  • Gregory Steeger, Luiz Augusto Barroso and Steffen Rebennack, “Optimal Bidding Strategies for Hydro-Electric Producers: a Literature Survey,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 29(4):1758-1766, 2014
  • John T. Cuddington & Grant Nülle (2014) “Variable long-term trends in mineral prices: The ongoing tug-of-war between exploration, depletion, and technological change,” Journal of International Money and Finance, 42, 224 – 252.
  • Michael Samis & Graham A. Davis (2014) “Using Monte Carlo simulation with DCF and real options risk pricing techniques to analyse a mine financing proposal,” International Journal of Financial Engineering and Risk Management, 1, 264 – 281.
  • Harrison Fell & Daniel T. Kaffine (2014) “Can decentralized planning really achieve first-best in the presence of environmental spillovers?,” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68, 46 – 53.
  • Harrison Fell, Shanjun Li & Anthony Paul (2014) “A new look at residential electricity demand using household expenditure data,” International Journal of Industrial Organization , 33, 37 – 47.
  • Corrado Di Maria, Ian Lange & Edwin van der Werf (2014) “Should we be worried about the green paradox? Announcement effects of the Acid Rain Program,” European Economic Review, 69, 143 – 162.
  • Andreas Ferrara, Ian Lange & Edwin van der Werf (2014) “Voluntary Programs to Encourage Diffusion: The Case of the Combined Heat-and-Power Partnership,” The Energy Journal, 35, .
  • Josef Kallrath & Steffen Rebennack (2014) “Cutting ellipses from area-minimizing rectangles,” Journal of Global Optimization, 59, 405-437.
  • Josef Kallrath & Steffen Rebennack (2014) “Solving real-world cutting stock-problems in the paper industry: Mathematical approaches, experience and challenges,” European Journal of Operational Research , 238, 405-437.
  • Steffen Rebennack (2014) “Generation expansion planning under uncertainty with emissions quotas,” Electric Power Systems Research , 114, 78 – 85.
  • John Shortle, Steffen Rebennack & Fred W. Glover (2014) “Transmission-Capacity Expansion for Minimizing Blackout Probabilities,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 29, 43-52.
  • Andrew Gulley & John E. Tilton (2014) “The relationship between spot and futures prices: An empirical analysis,” Resources Policy, 41, 109 – 112.
Commentary

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To submit content for consideration for the Payne Institute Commentary Series, contact Morgan Bazilian, Executive Director.

Media

2018

  • Morgan Bazilian, executive director of the Payne Institute, was recently quoted in an article in the May 9 edition of the Edmonton Journal, “As renewable energy costs fall, natural gas producers buy in.”
  • Morgan Bazilian, executive director of the Payne Institute, contributed to the story “Shell — yes, that Shell — just outlined a radical scenario for what it would take to halt climate change,” written bChris Mooney and Steven Mufson in the March 26 edition of the Washington Post.
  • Join Sarah Ladislaw, director and senior fellow of the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, and a member of the Payne Institute Advisory Board, as well as Morgan Bazilian, executive director of the Payne Institute and research professor of public policy at the Colorado School of Mines, as they discuss energy development in post-conflict Ireland and other areas around the world in the CSIS podcast, “A Conversation with Morgan Bazilian.” In the March 26 podcast, Bazilian also discusses his new role and the future of the Payne Institute.
  • CREDENCE project at SFI St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal 2018” is a video featuring addresses by U.S. industry and research leaders, including Morgan Bazilian, executive director of the Payne Institute, on their experiences of engaging with research in Ireland, at the Science Foundation Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal event in Washington, D.C. March 14.
Seminars

2018

  • “The Oil-Climate Index” September 13
    Presented by Deborah Gordon, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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  • “The Role of Natural Gas in a Carbon-Constrained World” Aug 22
    Presented by Arvind P. Ravikumar, PhD, Stanford University
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  • “RETScreen software and energy investment decisionmaking” May 16
    Presented by Gregory Leng, Natural Resources Canada
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  • “Weather-Informed Energy Systems Utilizing the WIS:dom Optimization Model” May 3
    Presented by Christopher Clack, CEO, Vibrant Clean Energy, LLC
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  • “Ways of Price Making and the Problem of Markets in the U.S. Natural Gas Industry” April 26
    Presented by William Boyd, professor of law at University of Colorado Law School
    Director of the Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Policy innovation
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  • “Climate Change and Inland Flood Risk in the Continental United States” April 17
    Presented by Cameron Wobus, principal scientist, Abt Associates
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  • “Fires, Flares, Boats, and Lights – Data Gems From a NOAA Weather Satellite” April 11
    Presented by Christopher D. Elvidge, PhD
    NOAA‐NESDIS‐NCEI Earth Observation Group
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  • “Vulnerability of the U.S. Electricity Grid to Climate and Water” April 5
    Presented by Jordan Macknick, Energy – Water – Land Lead Analyst
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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  • “Colorado’s Electric Sector” April 3
    Presented by Mark D. Safty, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development
    School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver
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  • “Energy in Colorado” March 22
    Presented by Andy Spielman, partner, co-partner-in-charge, Denver office
    Chair, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice at WilmerHale
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  • “Global Manufacturing and Trade of Renewable Energy Technologies” March 20
    Presented by Jill Engel-Cox, director, Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center
    Deputy director, Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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  • “Lessons from Australia on Clean Energy Opportunities and Challenges for Electricity Grids, Large and Small” March 1
    Presented by Iain MacGill, associate professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW Australia
    Joint director (engineering) UNSW Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets
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Working Papers

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Policy Briefs

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