IAEE Awards Presented at the Conference

Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award

Journalism Award


IAEE's Outstanding Contribution to the Profession Award

Since 1981, the IAEE has awarded an annual prize for outstanding contributions to the field of energy economics and its literature. 


Severin Borenstein
Profeessor, University of California, Berkeley


At the USAEE/IAEE conference in Pittsburgh, Severin Borenstein was honored as the recipient of the IAEE Outstanding Contributions to the Profession Award for 2015. Severin is the E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Research Associate of the Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business and Director Emeritus of the University of California Energy Institute and the Energy Institute at Haas. Severin is also affiliated with the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics and the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Severin is especially well known in the energy economics community for his work on electricity markets. He began writing about competition issues in the California electricity market well before the crisis in 2000, but made some additional insightful contributions analyzing that incident. He also published important articles looking at issues such as the effects of transmission capacity constraints, and real-time pricing of electricity. Severin also has worked on other issues in energy economics, especially gasoline markets, pricing in US natural gas markets, and most recently environmental issues connected with energy consumption. A hallmark of Severin’s work is that he applies more basic ideas from industrial organization. Indeed, he has made fundamental contributions to the industrial organization literature and many of his applied articles have focused on the airline industry rather than energy markets. For the teachers in our membership, I can also recommend Severin’s recent article in The Energy Journal discussing energy efficiency rebound. In his address in Pittsburgh, Severin also discussed his software that can be used in courses on industrial organization and competitive strategies.


IAEE's Journalism Award

In 1983, the IAEE instituted the IAEE Award for Excellence in Written Journalism on topics relating to international energy economics. 


John Kingston
President, McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute
The IAEE was very pleased to present its 2015 Journalism Award to John Kingston, President of the the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute. The Institute aims to contribute to public policy debates through analysis based on market data. It focusses on macroeconomics, growth and international economic relations, infrastructure and capital markets, and demographics and the workforce in addition to energy and sustainability issues.
Prior to being appointed President of the Institute, John spent more than 29 years with Platts, the McGraw Hill Financial division that provides the energy industry with independent news, analysis, and benchmark price assessments. John’s roles at Platts included stints as Managing Editor of Platts Oilgram Price Report, Editor-in-Chief of Platts Oilgram News, Global Director of Oil, and Global Director of News. John also founded and led the widely-read energy blog known as The Barrel, which can be found at http://blogs.platts.com.
Over his many years at Platts, John developed a reputation as an insightful analyst who always based his views on real-world observations and informed and critical assessment of what other respected experts had to say about industry developments. His long experience in the industry also gave him a unique perspective as a journalist.
John represents very well the purpose of the IAEE journalism award. It was established in 1983 to reward excellence in journalism relating to the energy industry. The award recognizes that energy economics is a practical discipline and that intelligent and informed journalism is important for ensuring that analysis and insights produced by energy economists ultimately have an effect on practical decisions and policies.

Lists of past recipients of the Outstanding Contributors and Journalism Awards may be found at