Richard Richels

Director of Global Climate Change Research at Electric Power Research Institute

Dr. Richard Richels directs global climate change research at EPRI. In previous assignments, he directed EPRI's energy analysis, environmental risk, and utility planning research activities. He has served on a number of national and international advisory panels, including committees of the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Research Council. He served as an Expert Witness at the Department of Energy's hearings on the National Energy Strategy and testified at Congressional hearings on priorities in global climate change research. Dr. Richels was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Second and Third Scientific Assessments and served on the Synthesis Team for the US National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on the United States. He currently serves on the Scientific Steering Committee for the US Carbon Cycle Program and the Advisory Committee for Princeton University Carbon Mitigation Initiative. Dr. Richels received a BS degree in physics from the College of William and Mary. He was awarded MS and PhD degrees in decision science from Harvard University's Division of Applied Sciences. While at Harvard he was a member of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center. Dr. Richels is a coauthor of Buying Greenhouse Insurance - the Economic Costs of CO2 Emission Limits (with A. Manne). He has served as Editor of the Energy, Environment and National Resources area of the Operations Research Journal. He has also served on the Board of Editors of The Energy Journal and the Journal of Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis.