Local Energy Policy & Planning

Local Energy Policy & Planning

Energy, a quintessential private good, poses a conundrum for planners. The weaknesses of the argument that public goods are proper domain of planning become quite apparent, when we consider energy production and transmission infrastructure. Production of useful energy is a highly technical process, yet the political implications of such production and transmission inevitably draws planners into the conversation.

In this thread of research, I seek to understand how traditional planning at the local and regional level wittingly and unwittingly intersect with energy production and consumption. In particular, I am interested in the idea that local governments can use their influence on urban form to influence energy production and consumption.

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Nikhil Kaza
Associate Professor

My research interests include urbanization patterns, local energy policy and equity

Publications

Abstract While urban form affects building energy consumption, the pathways, direction and magnitude of the effect are disputed in the …

Because these energy expenditures are fairly inelastic, their effects on low- income households may be significant, due to the po …

Recently, as part of his Climate Action Plan, the Obama administration proposed that energy efficiency should be factored into mortgage …

To date, most planners have focussed on energy consumption. They argue that compact housing and urban patterns reduce both household …

The prevalence of energy resources on American Indian lands, the links between energy management and tribal sovereignty, and recent …

This paper explores the spatial and temporal patterns of green building in the commercial and institutional sector in the U.S. While …

We assessed the relationships between peak oil and urban form, travel behavior, and public health. Peak oil will affect the general …

Problem: The practice of scenario plan- ning is often too focused on developing a single preferred scenario and fails to adequately …

Residential energy consumption accounts for 22% of the total energy consumption in the US. However, the impacts of local planning …

Talks

Transportation energy consumption in the United States and its relation to urban form
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