25 October, 2012
YIHSU CHEN, Ph.D.
Ph.D: THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
University of California, Merced
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
School of Engineering
Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Science & Engineering Building, R210
5200 N. Lake Rd.
Tel: 209 228 4102
Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis
I am developing an interdisciplinary research group here at the University of California Merced focusing on energy and environment research. My research group develops and applies modeling tools to studying the interactions of environmental policies and polluting industry activities. In particular, we are interested in the responses of industry (e.g., electricity) to the market-based instruments (e.g., emissions trading programs). These tools that we develop are typically optimization-based that are built upon economic theory with representation of technologies and physical conditions. Most of the research questions we are intrigued with have important policy relevance!!
My work has been supported by NSF, California Air Resources Board, CITRIS, etc. My recent ongoing research includes collaborative projects with researchers from the Iowa State University (biofuel supply chain modeling), Purdue University (price containment in cap-and-trade programs), University of California, Merced (water resources management), Berkeley(smart grid) and UC Davis (emission leakage), University of New South Wales, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan (inter-temporal permit banking, holding limit).
Aside from economic analysis, I am also interested in public health related to air pollution. The recent research quantifies the health benefit of metropolitan subway systems in Taipei, spatial explicit lifecycle assessment of the direct and indirect land-use impact of biofuel production in Brazil and its health implications.
I am always looking for collaborative projects and motivated students, both undergraduate and graduate, or visiting researchers to join or visit my research group. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any suggestions or are interested in knowing more about my research.
Ph.D. student position available for the Spring 2013!! (More Information)
Call for Papers: Special Issue on Smart Grid and Emerging Technology Integration (click)
C.-C. Tsao, J. E. Campbell, M. Mena-Carrasco, S. N. Spak, G. R. Carmichael, and Y. Chen, (2012) “Biofuels that Cause Land-Use Change May Have Much Larger Non-GHG Air Quality Emissions than Fossil Fuels,” Environmental Science & Technology, 46(19):10835-41. doi: 10.10.1021/es30185x.
Bushnell, J. and Y. Chen (2012) “Allocation and Leakage in Cap-and- Trade Markets for CO2,” Resources and Energy Economics, 34(4): 647-668. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.reseneeco.2012.05.008 (click)
Chen Y and L. Wang (2012) “Renewable Portfolio Standards in the Presence of Green Consumers and Emission Trading Programs,” Networks and Spatial Economics (accepted). DOI: 10.1007/s11067-012-9176-0(click)
Sijm J., Y. Chen and B.F. Hobbs (2012) “The impact of power market structure on the pass-through of CO2 emissions trading costs to electricity prices A theoretical approach,” Energy Economics, 34:1143-1152. DOI:10.1016/j.eneco.2011.10.002
Tanaka, M. and Y. Chen (2012) “Market Power in Emissions Trading: Strategically Manipulating Permit Price through Fringe Firms,” Applied Energy 96:203-211. DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.08.049 (click)
C.-C., Tsao, J.E. Campbell, M. Mena-Carrasco, S.N. Spak, S.N, and G.R. Carmichael and Y. Chen (2012) “Increased estimates of air-pollution emissions from Brazilian sugar- cane ethanol,” Nature: Climate Change, 2(1): 53-57. (click)
Tanaka, M. and Y. Chen (2012) “Emissions Trading in Forward and Spot Markets of Electricity ,” The Energy Journal 33(2): 195-221.
Chen, Y. and A. Whalley (2012) “Green Infrastructures? The Effects of Urban Mass Transit on Air Quality,” American Economics Journal: Economic Policy, 4(1): 58-97.(click)
Limpaitoon, T, Y. Chen and S S Oren (2011) “The Impact of Carbon Cap and Trade Regulation on Congested Electricity Market Equilibrium,” Journal of Regulatory Economics, 40(3): 237-260.(click)
Chen, Y., A. L. Liu and B. F. Hobbs (2011) “Economic and Emissions Implications of Load-based, Source-based and First-seller Emissions Trading Programs under California AB32,” Operations Research, 59(3): 696-712.(click)
C-C Tsao, J. E. Campbell, and Y. Chen (2011) “When Renewable Portfolio Stan- dards Meet Cap-and-Trade Regulations in the Power Sector: Market Interactions, Profit Implications, and Policy Redundancy,” Energy Policy, 39(7): 3966-3974.(click)
Chen, Y. and C.-L. Tseng (2011) “Inducing Clean Technology in the Electricity Sector: Tradable Permits or Carbon Tax Policies?” The Energy Journal, 32(3): 149-174.
Wang, L., A. Lin and Y. Chen (2010) “Potential Impact of Recharging Pug-in Hy- brid Electric Vehicles on Locational Marginal Prices from Electricity Generation,” Naval Research Logistics Journal, 57(8): 689-700.
Paul, A, K. Palmer, M. Ruth, B. F. Hobbs, D. Irani, J. Michaels, Y. Chen, K. Ross, E. Myers (2010) “The Role of Energy Efficiency Spending in Marylands Implementation of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative,” Energy Policy, 38: 6820-6829.(click)
Ruth, M. A. Blohm, J. Mauer, S. A. Gabriel, B. F. Hobbs and Y. Chen (2010) “Strategies for Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions: Residential Natural Gas Efficiency, Economic and Ancillary Health Impacts in Maryland,” Energy Policy, 38: 6926-6935. (click)
Hobbs, B.F., M-C Hu, Y. Chen, J.H. Ellis, A. Paul, D. Burtraw and K. Palmer (2010) “From Regions to Stacks: Spatial and Temporal Downscaling of Power Pollution Scenarios,” IEEE Transactions on Power System, 25(2): 1179-1189. (click)
Chen, Y. (2009) “Does a regional greenhouse gas policy make sense? A case study of carbon leakage and emissions spillover,” Energy Economics, 31:667-675.(click)