3rd Annual USAEE Case Competition


Eric Hittinger, Asst. Prof., Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY), and organizer of the USAEE Case Competition, with Jeff Kessler and Firas Abu-Sneneh of the first place award winning team from the University of California, Davis, during the IAEE International Conference in New York City.






The annual United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) Case Competition is a team-based competition focused on energy economics, open to teams of current students or recent graduates. This year, the topic for the competition will be financing for global improvements in energy intensity. Participating teams worked on the designated case problem over a period of three weeks and submitted a written report detailing their methods and solution to USAEE. A complete solution to the problem required teams to have knowledge in economics, engineering, and policy analysis. The three teams with the best solutions were invited to present their results at a session at 2014 IAEE International Conference in New York City, NY, and compete for the top three positions. The prizes awarded were $4,000 for the first place team, $3,000 for second place, and $2,000 for third. (In addition, conference fees were waived for up to two members of each invited team). 


1st Place

University of California, Davis:

Firas Abu-Sneneh, Jacob Humber, Jeff Kessler


2nd Place

University of Kentucky:

Markus Lang, William Martin, Dillon Nichols, Jerrod Penn, Ethan Rutledge


3rd Place

Massachusetts Institute of Technology:

Yichen Du, Justin Montgomery, Arthur Yip