Current Projects

The knowledge created by E2e aims to identify the difference between what’s technically possible for energy efficiency and what is practically achievable. Through our analyses of energy use and energy efficiency, we have come to believe that the most promising way to make progress narrowing the energy efficiency gap is to conduct a series of targeted studies on particular sectors or programs. It is unlikely that there is a single explanation for the energy efficiency gap.

E2e faculty affiliates are engaged in randomized control trials of energy use and behaviors that affect energy use. Ongoing projects include path-breaking randomized control trials that: evaluate a federal energy efficiency program; measure the determinants of why households take-up energy efficiency investments and the returns to those investments; and determine, in conjunction with a major automobile manufacturer, the effect of fuel efficiency information on vehicle purchase decisions. Our approach is exemplified in the active research projects described below, click on the title for more.

Evaluating the Returns to Residential Energy Efficiency in Baltimore

Hunt Allcott and Michael Greenstone

Evaluating New Advanced Energy Monitoring System Designed to Save Industry Energy and Money

Christopher Knittel, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram

Evaluating Energy Efficiency Upgrades to K-12 Public Schools in California Investor-Owned Utility Territories

Fiona Burlig, Christopher Knittel, David Rapson, Mar Reguant, and Catherine Wolfram

Incorporating Experimental Design Techniques into Energy Efficiency Program Evaluation

Maximilian Auffhammer, Meredith Fowlie, and Catherine Wolfram

Behavior Change to Save Energy in Low-Income, Urban Households

Sebastien Houde and Catherine Wolfram

Consumer Willingness to Pay for Fuel Economy: A Randomized Control Trial Approach

Hunt Allcott, Christopher Knittel, and Emily Kolinsky-Morris

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Home Energy Conservation Investments and Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Hunt Allcott and Michael Greenstone