USC Price in Sacramento welcomes first visiting professor of energy policy from Mexico

March 16, 2017

The USC Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento welcomes Dr. Juan Rosellón as its first Fulbright-García Robles Scholar and visiting professor of energy policy from Mexico. USC Price worked closely with the then-Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento, Ambassador Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez and COMEXUS, the US-Mexico Commission which administers the Fulbright-García Robles scholarship, to create this Mexico Studies Chair to promote research on collaborative energy policy between California and Mexico.

Dr. Rosellón the first-ever grantee of the scholarship program, which involves a rigorous selection process.

Dr. Rosellón’s work will be featured in a policy forum in Sacramento on March 24 titled, “Cross Border Renewable Energy Collaboration: Mexico and California’s Share Future.” With a panel of energy experts including USC Professor Adam Rose, the forum will explore questions such as: How can Mexico and California potentially work together to facilitate the production of renewable energy? What can California and Mexico learn from each other in terms of policies to foster renewable sources, such as wind/solar energy auctions or distributed-generation and energy-efficiency policy measures?

This spring, Professor Rosellón will also be teaching PPD 599: Renewable Energy and Collaborative Policy – Mexico and California, alongside Price Research Professor Adam Rose. The Price School in Sacramento will continue to host a visiting professor in the spring semester of each year.

The U.S.-Mexico Mexico Studies Chair program is one of several initiatives led by the Price School to engage more deeply with Mexico. Faculty such as Adam Rose’s and Emma Aguila’s research programs are engaging with binational policy questions, MPP Practicum students have also been making recommendations that have shaped policy debates. Since 2013, the Price School has signed agreements with Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) to establish a joint program of graduate fellowships, as well as partnerships with the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) to establish opportunities for student academic and cultural exchange, and is one of the USC schools hosting a postdoctoral scholar in both of the first cohorts of the USC-CONACYT postdoctoral scholars program.

Dr. Rosellon’s Full Biography:

Juan Rosellón, Ph.D., is a nonresident fellow for the Center for Energy Studies and a professor of economics at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City. He is also a research fellow at both the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin and the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. Rosellón is a board member of the Mexican Electricity ISO, co-editor of “Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy” and on the editorial board of the “Review of Network Economics.” He is an expert on the economic regulation of energy networks, with almost 25 years of experience in the field.

Rosellón’s research focuses on incentive regulatory mechanisms for electricity as well as natural gas markets and networks. He has designed various mechanisms that promote the expansion of energy networks as well as regulate monopolies through price cap or benchmark pricing. His analysis has been applied to diverse international energy markets in Ontario, PJM, Mexico, Peru and northwestern Europe. He has gained wide recognition for his research, receiving the Marie-Curie IIF Fellowship (European Union), the 4th Reimut Jochimsen Prize (German Central Bank), and the Repsol-YPF-Harvard-Kennedy-School Fellowship. In spring 2017, he will be the U.S.-Mexico Mexico Studies Chair at the at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy. Rosellón earned a Ph.D in economics from Rice University.