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David L. Greene

Research Professor

Biography

David L. Greene is a Research Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Senior Fellow of the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy. In 2013 he retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Corporate Fellow. He is an author of more than 275 professional publications on transportation and energy issues, including 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 12 National Research Council reports. The 2012 recipient of the Transportation Research Board’s Roy W. Crum Award, he is also an emeritus member of both the Energy and Alternative Fuels Committees of the TRB and a lifetime National Associate of the U.S. National Academies. He received the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Barry D. McNutt Award for Excellence in Automotive Policy Analysis, the Department of Energy’s 2007 Hydrogen R&D Award, DOE 2011 Vehicle Technologies R&D Award, and DOE Distinguished Career Service Award. Dr. Greene was recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for contributing to the IPCC’s receipt of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.


Research

Greene’s research interests are focused on energy use in transportation and policies to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and achieve a transition to sustainable energy sources. He has published extensively on automotive fuel economy and the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards and served on all four National Research Council committees that evaluated US fuel economy policy for cars and light trucks. How technology and policy can accomplish a transition to sustainable energy for transportation is a current focus of his research and modeling. Other research interests include the costs to the U.S. economy of petroleum dependence, the “rebound effect” of increased vehicle use due to increased fuel economy, and modeling consumers’ choices of vehicles and fuels.


Research Sponsors


Energy Foundation
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory
U.S. Department of Energy, Fuel Cell Technologies Office
U.S. Department of Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office
Energy Information Administration
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Transportation and Air Quality
Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics
International Council on Clean Transportation
California Air Resources Board
Pew Center on Global Climate Change (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions)


Education

Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Geography and Environmental Engineering, 1978

M.A. University of Oregon, 1973

B.A. Columbia University, 1971


Publications

Cost, Effectiveness and Deployment of Fuel Economy Technologies for Light-Duty Vehicles, Report of the Committee on the Assessment of Technologies for Improving Fuel Economy of Light-Duty Vehicles, Phase 2; Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; National Research Council, Washington, D.C.

D.L. Greene and J.G. Welch, The Impact of Increased Fuel Economy for Light-Duty Vehicles on the Distribution of Income in the U.S.: A Retrospective and Prospective Analysis, White Paper 2:17, Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, The University of Tennessee, available at http://bakercenter.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/WhitePaper2-2017.pdf , March 2017.

“Rollback Fuel Economy Standards? For Whose Benefit?”, On Point 1:17, Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, the University of Tennessee, available at  http://bakercenter.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/OnPoint1-2017.pdf , March 2017.

Greene, D.L., A.J. Khattak, J. Liu, X. Wang, J.L. Hopson and R. Goeltz, 2017. “What is the evidence concerning the gap between on-road and Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy ratings?”, Transport Policy, vol. 53, pp. 146-160.

D.L. Greene and C.Z. Liu, “U.S. Oil Dependence 2014: Is Energy Independence in Sight?”, Energy Policy, vol. 85, pp. 126-137, June 10, 2015.

D.L. Greene, "Energy and Environment", Ch. 8 in Transportation Statistics Annual Report 2013, U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Washington, DC, 2014.

D.L. Greene, Alternative Transportation Infrastructure in the U.S.: Status and Challenges, White Paper 1:15, Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, January, 2015.

C. Liu and D.L. Greene, 2015. “Consumer Choice of E85: Price Sensitivity and Cost of Limited Fuel Availability”, Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2454, pp. 20-27.

D.L. Greene, C.Z. Liu and S. Park, 2014. “Public Policy and the Transition to Electric Drive Vehicles in the U.S.: The Role of the Zero Emission Vehicles Mandates”, Energy Strategy Reviews, vol. 5, pp. 66-77.

C. Liu, D.L. Greene and D.S. Bunch, 2014. “Vehicle Manufacturer Technology Adoption and Pricing Strategies under Fuel Economy/Emissions Standards, and Feebates”, The Energy Journal, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 71-90.

D.L. Greene, S. Park and C. Liu, 2013. “Analyzing the Transition to Electric Drive Vehicles in the U.S.”, Futures, vol. 58, April 2014, pp. 34-52.

D.L. Greene, S. Park and C.Z. Liu, 2014. Transition to Electric Drive Vehicles: Public Policy Implications of Uncertainty, Network Externalities, Tipping Points and Imperfect Markets, White Paper 1-14, Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee.

C.Z. Liu and D.L. Greene, 2013. "Modeling the Demand for E85 in the United States", ORNL/TM-2013/369, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

D.L. Greene, Z. Lin and J. Dong, 2013. “Analyzing the Sensitivity of Hydrogen Vehicle Sales to Consumers’ Preferences”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, October 25, 2013. 

D.L. Greene, D.H. Evans and J. Hiestand, “Survey evidence on the willingness of U.S. consumers to pay for automotive fuel economy”, Energy Policy, vol. 61, pp. 1539-1550, 2013. 

D.L. Greene, S. Park and C. Liu, Analyzing the Transition to Electric Drive in California, White Paper 4-13, Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, June, 2013. 

D.L. Greene and G. Duleep, Status and Prospects of the Global Automotive Fuel Cell Industry and Plans for Deployment of Fuel Cell Vehicles and Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure, ORNL/TM-2013/222, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, June, 2013. 

D.L. Greene, C. Liu and S. Park, “Transition from Petro-Mobility to Electro-Mobility”, in Transition to Renewable Energy Systems, D. Stolten and V. Scherer, eds., WILEY-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2013.

D.L. Greene, R.S. Lee and J.L. Hopson, OPEC and the Costs to the U.S. Economy of Oil Dependence, White Paper 1-13, Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, February, 2013. 

Zhenhong Lin, Jing Dong, David L. Greene, Hydrogen vehicles: Impacts of DOE technical targets on market acceptance and societal benefits, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 38 (2013) pp. 7973-7985, 2013. 

Z. Lin, J. Dong, C. Liu and D.L. Greene, “Estimation of Energy Use by Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles: Validating Gamma Distribution for Representing Random Daily Driving Distance”, Transportation Research Record, No. 2287, pp. 37-43, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2012. 

G. Upreti, D.L. Greene, K.G. Duleep and R. Sawhney, “Fuel cells for non-automotive uses: Status and prospects”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, volume 37, issue 8, pp. 6339-6348, 2012. 

D.L. Greene, “Rebound 2007: Analysis of National Light-Duty Vehicle Travel Statistics”, Energy Policy, vol. 41, pp. 14-28, 2012. 

C. Liu, E.C. Cooke, D.L. Greene and D.S. Bunch, “Feebates and Fuel Economy and Emissions Standards: Impacts on Fuel Use in Light-Duty Vehicles and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” Transportation Research Record No. 2252, pp. 23-30, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2011. 

Z. Lin and D.L. Greene, “Assessing Energy Impact of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles: Significance of Daily Distance Variation over Time and Among Drivers”, Transportation Research Record No. 2252, pp. 99-106, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 2011. 

Z. Lin and D.L. Greene, “Promoting the Market for Plug-in Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles: The Role of Recharge Availability,” Transportation Research Record No. 2252, pp. 49-58, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC, 2011. 

D.L. Greene, “What’s Greener than a VMT Tax? The Case for an Indexed Energy User Fee to Finance U.S. Surface Transportation,” Transportation Research D-Environment, vol. 16, pp. 451-458, 2011. 

D.L. Greene, “Uncertainty, Loss Aversion and Markets for Energy Efficiency”, Energy Economics, vol. 33, pp. 608-616, 2011. 

Z. Lin and D.L. Greene, Predicting Individual On-road Fuel Economy Using Simple Consumer and Vehicle Attributes, SAE Technical Paper Series No. 11SDP-0014, Society of Automotive Engineers, Warrendale, PA, April 12, 2011. 

“The Energy Efficiency Potential of Global Transport to 2050”, in A. Zichichi and R. Ragaini, eds., International Seminar on Nuclear War and Planetary Emergencies, 44th Session, World Scientific, London, 2011.

D.L. Greene and S.E. Plotkin, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Transportation, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Arlington, VA, 2011. 

“Measuring Energy Sustainability: Making Progress,” in Linkages of Sustainability, T.E. Graedel and E. van der Voet, eds., Strüngmann Forum Reports, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2010.

Löschel, A., J. Johnston, M.A. Delucchi, T.N. Demayo, D.L. Gauthier, D.L. Greene, J. Ogden, S. Rayner and E. Worrell, “Energy: Stocks, Flows, and Prospects,” in Linkages of Sustainability, T.E. Graedel and E. van der Voet, eds., Strüngmann Forum Reports, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2010.

Bunch, D.S. and D.L. Greene, “Potential Design, Implementation, and Benefits of a Feebate Program for New Passenger Vehicles in California,” State of California Air Resources Board and the California Environmental Protection Agency, Sacramento, California, 2011.

and P.R. Boudreaux, D.J. Dean, W. Fulkerson, A.L. Gaddis, R.L. Graham, R.L. Graves, J.L. Hopson, P. Hughes, M.V. Lapsa, T.E. Mason, R.F. Standaert, T.J. Wilbanks and A. Zucker, “The Importance of Advancing Technology to America’s Energy Goals,” Energy Policy, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 3886-3890, March 2010. 

D.L. Greene, “Measuring Energy Security: Can the United States Achieve Oil Independence?” Energy Policy, 2010, Vol. 38, No. 4, pp. 1614-1621. 

Rubin, J., P.N. Leiby and D.L. Greene, “Tradable Fuel Economy Credits: Competition and Oligopoly,” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 315-328, 2009. 

D.L. Greene, “Feebates, Footprints and Highway Safety,” Transportation Research Part D, vol. 14, pp. 375-384, 2009. 

D.L. Greene, “Vehicles and E85 Stations Needed to Achieve Ethanol Goals,” Transportation Research Record No. 2058, pp. 172-178, 2008. 

D.L. Greene, J.L. Hopson, R. Goeltz and J. Li, “Analysis of In-Use Fuel Economy Shortfall Based on Voluntarily Reported Mile-per-Gallon Estimates,” Transportation Research Record, No. 1983, pp. 99-105, 2007. 

D.L. Greene, Leiby, P.N., D.L. Greene, D. Bowman and E. Tworek, “Systems Analysis of Hydrogen Transition with HyTrans,” Transportation Research Record, No. 1983, pp. 129-139, 2007. 

D.L. Greene, J.L. Hopson and J. Li, “Have We Run Out of Oil Yet? Oil Peaking Analysis from an Optimist’s Perspective,” Energy Policy, vol. 34, pp. 515–531, 2006. 


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