Thursday, March 31st, Walnut Creek
Here is an exceptional opportunity to engage personally with renowned Berkeley Haas Energy Economist Severin Borenstein. The question he asks is “Can Green Technology Beat Cheap Oil?”

You will be sitting across the dinner table from Professor Borenstein at Walnut Creek’s Massimo Ristorante with a small group of other Haas alumni.

Think about it: Just as improved fuel economy, electric vehicles and other green transportation alternatives were starting to get up a head of steam, the price of oil collapsed. Is this a temporary setback or a more fundamental barrier in the road to reducing greenhouse gases? Borenstein will discuss the cost of oil, gasoline, and the leading alternatives in California, elsewhere in the developed world, and in the developing world.

Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Massimo Ristorante
1604 Locust Street
Walnut Creek, CA
“Mary Beth” private dining room – on ground floor

Parking: North Locust Street Parking Garage, directly across from the restaurant.

BART: Walnut Creek station, ½ mile from the restaurant, about a 12-minute walk.
Map of area: Walk from BART

Cost: $60 (includes 3 courses with choices of salads, entrees, and desserts)

To register:
Registration is very limited, so you are urged to sign up early!
(Please note that registration fees are transferable, but non-refundable)

About Severin Borenstein:
Severin Borenstein is E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and a Research Associate of the Energy Institute at Haas. He is also Director emeritus of the University of California Energy Institute (1994-2014) and the Energy Institute at Haas (2009-2014). He received his A.B. from U.C. Berkeley and Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T. His research focuses on business competition, strategy, and regulation. He has published extensively on the airline industry, the oil and gasoline industries, and electricity markets. His current research projects include the economics of renewable energy, economic policies for reducing greenhouse gases, alternative models of retail electricity pricing, and competitive dynamics in the airline industry. Borenstein is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. He served on the Board of Governors of the California Power Exchange from 1997 to 2003. During 1999-2000, he was a member of the California Attorney General’s Gasoline Price Task Force. In 2010-11, Borenstein was a member of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s Future of Aviation Advisory Committee. In 2012-13, he served on the Emissions Market Assessment Committee, which advised the California Air Resources Board on the operation of California’s Cap and Trade market for greenhouse gases. In 2014, he was appointed to the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee, which he has chaired since 2015. In 2015, he was also appointed to the Advisory Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
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