Joel Darmstadter Receives Adelman-Frankel Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2014
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WASHINGTON—Resources for the Future (RFF) Senior Fellow Joel Darmstadter has been named the 2014 recipient of the Adelman-Frankel Award by the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE).

​According to the USAEE, the award is given to an individual or organization for their "unique and innovative contribution to the field of energy economics." Darmstadter is the eighteenth awardee since its inception in 1999, joining a list of notable academics, public officials, and specialized groups, such as Rice University's Baker Institute's Center for Energy Studies, awarded the prize in 2013.

"Needless to say, I am extraordinarily appreciative to the USAEE," Darmstadter said. "To have my name listed alongside the others who have received this honor is very humbling and a wonderful surprise."

Phil Sharp​, RFF president, said "All of us at RFF are absolutely thrilled that Joel is getting this well-deserved recognition. He is among the clearest-eyed analysts of energy policy I know and a treasured colleague, mentor, and friend to so many of us."

Darmstadter has been a researcher at RFF since 1966, following previous business and research experience. He has written and contributed to numerous books, chapters, and journal articles spanning a wide range of subjects, including energy security, renewable and unconventional fuels, and climate change. Most recently, Darmstadter's work has focused on coal and oil exports, energy independence, and loan guarantees for energy-related technology.

Darmstadter has acted as an expert witness before congressional committees, and participated as a member of multiple National Research Council panels. He has also served as a professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, an editorial committee member of the Annual Review of Energy, and a contributing editor of Environment magazine.

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