I am an assistant professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego. My research and teaching centers on the engineering implications and institutional conflicts inherent in deploying low-carbon energy at scale, with a particular focus on systems with evolving electricity markets. I am an associate in the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center, and I have held positions at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. I am currently a fellow with the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy at Johns Hopkins SAIS.

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Harvard-Tsinghua Workshop on Subnational Climate Change Policy in China

Creating Subnational Climate Institutions in China

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and Tsinghua University’s Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy conducted a research workshop on July 18–19, 2019. A wide variety of presentations (available here) from Chinese and international experts covered how subnational actions–including China’s ETS–can enhance climate change policy design and implementation. [Read More]

Technology Integration in China’s Electricity System: Central Targets and Local Challenges

Davidson, M. R. (2019). In Policy, Regulation and Innovation in China's Electricity and Telecom Industries.

China’s state-directed technology development and deployment programs have led to unprecedented adoption of advanced technologies in its electricity sector. However, signs of inefficient capital allocation are widespread, such as continued coal plant capacity build-out amidst slowing electricity demand growth and underutilization of renewable energy investments. The separation of technology programs... [Read More]