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Energy economist to research power options for Poland

STANFORD -- Geoffrey Rothwell, senior research associate at Stanford University's Center for Economic Policy Research and acting assistant professor in the Economics Department, will travel to Poland this summer to help develop models for forecasting energy demand and assessing conservation potential.

Selected to participate in the Summer Program for Young Investigators in the Field of Energy cosponsored by the National Academy of Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences, he will be part of an interdisciplinary research team trying to develop policy options for Poland.

Rothwell, who earned his doctorate at the University of California-Berkeley and did postdoctoral work at California Institute of Technology, has published research on nuclear power. His dissertation compared coal and nuclear power plant options under investment regulation.

His focus in Poland will be on coal mining, transport and electricity generation. The Polish coal industry faces issues of efficient use, and of air and water pollution reduction, he said.

"The best solutions to these problems are likely to transfer wealth from one region to another," Rothwell said. "Therefore, the implementation of the least-cost plan could require an incentive program that would help redistribute these transfers."



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