Energy Economics Weekly Briefings

Energy Economics Weekly Briefings

Energy Economics Weekly Briefings, by UMEI Senior Economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, feature an economist's look at the national transportation, energy, economic, and environmental landscape.
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Shining a Light on Coal Consumption

  • Coal used to produce electric power varies widely by state.
  • Adjusted for population, California is truly the “outlier” with near eradication of coal use for electric power.
  • ​Since 2010, the cost of renewables and natural gas to produce electric power fell, resulting in substitution away from coal.

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About Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

Ellen Hughes-Cromwick recently completed an appointment as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Obama Administration. At the Department of Commerce, Hughes-Cromwick worked on several administration initiatives to improve data quality, measure the digital economy, and expand manufacturing, trade and investment.  She assisted Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on global macroeconomic matters in support of her commercial diplomacy, trade, and foreign direct investment initiatives. Hughes-Cromwick also supported the development of the Obama Administration’s economic forecast.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Hughes-Cromwick was chief global economist at Ford Motor Company and an Adjunct Professor at U-M’s Ross School of Business. She led Ford’s global corporate economics group with major responsibility for the Company's global economic, financial, and automotive industry forecasts used to support business strategy, finance, and planning.