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Applied Economics Clinic

The Applied Economics Clinic provides technical expertise to public service organizations working on topics related to the environment, consumer rights, the energy sector, and community equity.

Founded by GDAE Senior Research Fellow Liz Stanton in February 2017, the Clinic is a non-profit consulting group offering low-cost and pro bono expert services from seasoned professionals, while also providing on-the-job training to the next generation of technical experts on public interest issues.

The Clinic — housed at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute — employs several Masters and Doctoral level students as research assistants, and has also hired a second professional staff member. Learn more at

Recent Publications

No Evidence for Energy Efficiency Market Saturation Leading to Higher Costs, Elizabeth A. Stanton and Anna Sommer, April 17, 2017 (Updated July 26, 2017)

Direct Testimony filed Behalf of Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, Inc., Elizabeth A. Stanton, July 26, 2017.

Testimony pre-filed in the matter of Brockton Power Co., Elizabeth A. Stanton, June 26, 2017.
Filed on behalf of Alternatives for Community and Environment, this testimony argues that permitting a new natural gas power plant in Brockton, MA is not consistent with meeting the Massachusetts’ climate law.

Climate Change, Imperialism, and Democracy, Liz Stanton, Triple Crisis Blog, June 28, 2017

Testimony filed in the matter of CLEAN WATER ACTION, et al., v. E. SCOTT PRUITT, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., Elizabeth A. Stanton, June 14, 2017.
This declaration states that any delay in implementing the Effluent Limitation Guidelines on Steam-Electric Generating Units will result in harm to the public. 

Casting Away Despair, Liz Stanton, Triple Crisis Blog, April 25, 2017

Comments to Massachusetts DEP regarding Global Warming Solutions Act Section 3(d) Regulations, Elizabeth A. Stanton, February 2017 (Stanton testimony begins on pg. 24)

Reports on Integrated Resource Plans
Liz Stanton has published three recent evaluations of Indiana electric utilities’ Integrated Resource Plans (IRP), which are filed with the Utility Commission to demonstrate that utilities’ decisions to retire and/or add electric generation resources are in the public interest. While technical, these evaluations provide an important benefit to utility customers and the Indiana public more widely.

Third-party review of these and other utilities filings is critical to vet for errors, uncover questionable or self-serving assumptions, and make hidden value-judgments transparent. Important issues found in reviewing Indiana utilities’ 2016 Plans include biases both against retiring coal generation and against adopting new efficiency measures and renewable resources.

Report on Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) 2016 IRP, Anna Sommer and Elizabeth A. Stanton, March 2017

Report on Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) 2016 IRP, Anna Sommer and Elizabeth A. Stanton, March 2017

Report on Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana (Vectren) 2016 IRP, Anna Sommer and Elizabeth A. Stanton, March 2017

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The Applied Economics Clinic Seminar Series

Demanding Accountability
Thursday, April 27 at 12:00pm

Successful campaigns fighting for the public interest require collaboration from technical, social advocacy, and legal experts. In this seminar/webinar an environmental economist (Liz Stanton, Director, Applied Economics Clinic), a clean energy advocate (Eugenia Gibbons, Clean Energy Programs Director, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance), and a public interest lawyer (David Ismay, Clean Energy and Climate Change Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation) discuss their work holding industry and government accountable for their decisions, using examples from recent regulatory and legal proceedings in Massachusetts and around the country on climate change, and other environmental equity issues.
Watch a recording of the webinar


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