Webinar | Low energy: estimating electric vehicle electricity use

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10 Mar 2021 8:30 am
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This second webinar in the Australian Electricity Market Initiative series explored electric vehicle usage.

In this webinar, Fiona Burlig (Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research), presented new work completed with James B. Bushnell (Professor in Economics, University of California (UC) Davis, and Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research), David Rapson (Associate Professor in the Economics Department, UC Davis and Director of the Davis Energy Economics Program), and Catherine Wolfram (Director of the Environment and Energy Economics Program, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business).

Dr Gordon Leslie (Lecturer, Department of Economics, Monash University), hosted the event.

This paper finds that electric vehicle usage and homes charging usage is lower than first anticipated. The team provided the first at-scale estimate of electric vehicle (EV) home charging. Previous estimates were either based on surveys that reach conflicting conclusions or were extrapolated from a small unrepresentative sample of households with dedicated EV meters. They combined billions of hourly electricity meter measurements with address-level EV registration records from California households. The average EV increases the overall household load by 2.9 kilowatt-hours per day, less than half the amount assumed by state regulators. Their results imply that EVs travel 5,300 miles per year, under half of the US fleet average. This raises questions about transportation electrification for climate policy.

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Meet the speaker

Assistant Professor Fiona Burlig
Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research

Fiona Burlig studies energy and environmental economics, with a focus on the developing world. Her recent research examines the impacts of rural electrification in India, uses machine learning methods to quantify the effectiveness of energy efficiency upgrades, and proposes tools for designing randomized controlled trials. Prior to joining Harris, Fiona was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Economics and Energy Policy Institute (EPIC) at the University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in economics, political science, and German from Williams College.

Email: burlig@uchicago.edu

Fiona Burlig

Meet the host

Dr Gordon Leslie
Lecturer, Department of Economics, Monash University

Gordon’s fields of study are industrial organisation and energy economics. His current research examines issues relating to competition, policy and consumer engagement in a selection of energy and energy derivative markets.

Email: Gordon.Leslie@monash.edu

Gordon Leslie