Renewable Energy and Policy

Researchers in the department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics are exploring the economic impacts for the nation’s first wind farm on energy industries, fisheries, recreational choices and local tourism, they have created a model for other communities around the world to follow. Department researchers are also exploring the development of area solar farms and how they affect neighboring property values. Other research focuses on addressing environmental justice issues and generating public acceptance of renewable energy projects with community benefits agreements between energy developers and hosting communities.


Professor, Graduate Program Director

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Assistant Professor

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Selected publications

Tyler, G., D. Bidwell, T. Smythe, and S. Trandafir (2021) Preferences for community benefits for offshore wind development projects: A case study of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. U.S. Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning.

Shen, X., P. Liu, Y. Qiu, A. Patwardhan, and P. Vaishnav, (2021) Estimation of Change in House Sales Prices in the US after Heat Pump Adoption. Nature Energy.  

Wang, X., L. Zhu, P. Liu, (2021) Manipulation via Endowments: Quantifying the Influence of Market Power on the Emission Trading Scheme. Energy Economics.

Trandafir, S., V. Gaur, P. Behanan, H. Miao, C. Lang, and E. Uchida (2020) How Are Tourists Affected By Offshore Wind Turbines? A Case Study of The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics 7(1), Article 1.

Liang, J., P. Liu, Y. Qiu, Y.D. Wang, and X. Bo (2020) Time-of-Use Electricity Pricing and Residential Low-carbon Energy Technology Adoption. The Energy Journal. 41(3)

Carr-Harris, A., and C. Lang (2019) Sustainability and tourism: the effect of the United States’ first offshore wind farm on the vacation rental market. Resource and Energy Economics 57: 51-67

Lang, C., J.J. Opaluch, and G. Sfinarolakis (2014) The windy city: Property value impacts of wind turbines in an urban setting. Energy Economics 44: 413-421
Simona Trandafir (2017). Municipal Energy Trends in Rhode Island, Technical report submitted to R.I. Office of Energy Resources, Providence, R.I.