Richard G. Newell

Richard G. Newell

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Richard G. Newell is the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Public Policy at Duke University. He is Director of the Energy Data Analytics Lab and during 2011-2016 he was Founding Director of the Duke University Energy Initiative. Dr. Newell is the former Administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the agency responsible for official U.S. government energy statistics and analysis. He also served as the Senior Economist for energy and environment on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, prior to which he was a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). He is a member of the Board of Directors of RFF, the International Advisory Council of KAPSARC, the Board on Environmental Change and Society of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and several editorial boards.

Dr. Newell has published widely on the economics of markets and policies for energy, the environment, and related technologies, particularly issues surrounding global climate change, energy efficiency, and energy innovation. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and has provided expert advice and consulted with many private, governmental, non-governmental, and international institutions, such as the NAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the International Energy Forum, and the National Petroleum Council. Dr. Newell holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a M.P.A. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.S. and B.A. from Rutgers University.

In The News


Newell, RG, QIAN, YIFEI, and Raimi, D. "Global Energy Outlook 2015." March 2016.
Gerarden, T, Newell, RG, and Stavins, RN. "Assessing the Energy-Efficiency Gap." FEEM Working Paper, no. 035 (April 27, 2015).
Gerarden, T, Newell, RG, Stavins, RN, and Stowe, R. An Assessment of the Energy-Efficiency Gap and Its Implications for Climate Change Policy. April 20, 2015.
Newell, RG. "The role of energy technology policy alongside carbon pricing." In Implementing a US Carbon Tax: Challenges and Debates, 178-190. February 11, 2015.


ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 795: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENERGY 796: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 796: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
ENERGY 396: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects (ENERGY 396: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects)
ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)

Contact Information

Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708
9 Circuit Dr, Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Harvard University (1997)
M.P.A., Princeton University (1990)
B.A., Rutgers University (1988)
B.S., Rutgers University (1988)