Christopher R. Knittel

William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics
Sloan School of Management


Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

CoalMap online tool shows what policy regulations and technological advancements can do for the cost-competitiveness of solar and wind energy.

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Christopher Knittel is the William Barton Rogers Professor of Energy Economics in the Sloan School of Management and the Co-Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR) at MIT. He joined the faculty at MIT in 2011, having taught previously at UC Davis and Boston University. Knittel co-leads MITEI’s Utility of the Future study and serves on the Energy Education Task Force.

Knittel’s research focuses on environmental economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Productivity, Industrial Organization, and Energy and Environmental Economics groups.

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March 7, 2016
Does a carbon tax work? Ask British Columbia
Professor Christopher Knittel comments on carbon pricing.

February 24, 2016
Will we ever stop using fossil fuels?
Not without a carbon tax, suggests a study by an MIT economist.

February 12, 2016
Study: Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels?
History predicts that fossil fuel consumption will continue to grow without aggressive efforts to price carbon and improve clean energy technologies.

February 5, 2016
Has the U.S. Really Reached an Epic Turning Point in Energy?
As the new UN climate accord pushes countries to cut carbon emissions, the United States is making progress, But will it continue, and will it be enough?

September 11, 2015
Inside climate politics
Study: pattern of winners and losers explains U.S. policy on fuel subsidies

June 2, 2015
Sustainable energy class cultivates critical thinking
Course surveys technologies for addressing the 21st century energy challenge.

May 20, 2015
How the transportation sector is moving away from petroleum
More than 8% of fuel used by the transportation sector came from non-petroleum source in 2014

February 24, 2015
Does Obama's Keystone Veto Matter? 
The Keystone XL pipeline is a distraction from what's really needed to solve climate change. 

February 11, 2015
Bridging the Fuel Gap to the Future
As one of ten panels open to the public at the upcoming MIT Energy Club Conference, MIT energy economist Christopher Knittel will explore the future of shale gas with fellow experts in the field. 

January 5, 2015
Why Gas Feels Cheap—and Why It’s Not, Historically Speaking - via The Wall Street Journal
Recent Price Plunge Looks Good After Years of High Costs, but Fill-Ups Were Less Expensive From 1986-2003

November 25, 2014
The hidden dangers of low oil prices
MIT economist Christopher Knittel says volatility can slow down the economy

November 14, 2014
Q&A: Christopher Knittel on the EPA’s greenhouse gas plan
In Science, economists evaluate government’s proposed emissions policy for power plants.

November 4, 2014
How gas prices (and impulsiveness) affect consumer car choice
MIT professor and energy economist Christopher Knittel weighs in on whether or not we're shortsighted in our car purchases.

September 29, 2014
Preaching To The Choir? Beyond The People’s Climate March
via WBUR
MIT Professor Christopher R. Knittel views on addressing climate change.

June 11, 2014
New EPA rules may give natural gas a boost
via The Hill
MIT energy economics professor Christopher Knittel says there’s little doubt that the EPA’s rule will be a major boon to natural gas.

April 28, 2014
Top Energy, EPA officials share uncommon bond
via The Boston Globe
Energy secretary Ernie Moniz and EPA leader Gina McCarthy joined an Earth Day celebration at the New England Aquarium.

February 18, 2014
California's Auto-Emissions Policy Hits a Tesla Pothole
Credits for electric vehicles have the ultimate effect of reducing overall fuel economy.

October 10, 2013
Study: Ethanol not a major factor in reducing gas prices
MIT economist finds that biofuels, contrary to claims, do not meaningfully affect what drivers pay at the pump.

June 26, 2013
MIT-Berkeley Research Effort Takes on Energy Efficiency
via BloombergBusinessweek

June 18, 2013
Saving energy is great. But how much is actually possible?
via The Washington Post

June 18, 2013
MIT and UC Berkeley launch energy-efficiency research project
The E2e Project aims to give decision-makers real-world evidence on the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy and emissions.

June 6, 2013
Want to boost fuel economy? Stop thinking about miles per gallon.
via The Washington Post

May 30, 2013
Think Speculators Cause High Oil Prices? Don't Bet On It
via WBUR Cognoscenti

May 16, 2013
Keystone won’t hurt environment as much as feared, MIT prof says at hearing
MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal

April 22, 2013
Watch: Climate Change Policy that Makes Economic Sense
Professor Christopher Knittel of the MIT Sloan School of Management

March 7, 2013
Energy efficiency needs more research
Commentary, USA Today

March 5, 2012
Fuel for thought
Economist Christopher Knittel uncovers surprising facts about the cars we drive — and about the price of gas.

January 5, 2012
Christopher R. Knittel named first energy faculty chair at MIT

January 4, 2012
The case of the missing gas mileage
Automakers have made great strides in fuel efficiency in recent decades — but the mileage numbers of individual vehicles have barely increased. An MIT economist explains the conundrum.