Makena Coffman

Director for the Institute for Sustainability, UHERO Research Fellow and Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Education

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2007)

B.A in International Relations, minor in Economics, Stanford University

Research Interests

Environmental planning, energy and climate change policy, resource management, system modeling

Selected Publications

Wee, S., Coffman, M., LaCrois, S. (2018). “Do Electric Vehicle Incentives Matter? Evidence from 50 U.S. States,” Research Policy, DOI 10.1016/j.respol.2018.05.003.

Bonham, C., Coffman, M. (2017). A New Perspective on Hawaii’s Economy: Understanding the Role of Clusters. UHERO Report. Available at: http://uhero.hawaii.edu/assets/New_Perspective_Hawaii.pdf

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S. (2016). “Integrating Electric Vehicles and Residential Solar PV,” Transport Policy, 53: 30-38.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S. (2016). “Electric Vehicles Revisited: A Review of Factors that Affect Adoption,” Transport Reviews, 37: 1, 79-93.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., and Schafer, C. (2016). “Economic and GHG Impacts of Natural Gas for Hawaii,” Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 19: 3, 519-536.

Coffman, M., Wee, S., Bonham, C., and Salim, G. (2016). “A Policy Analysis of Hawaii’s Solar Tax Credit Incentive,” Renewable Energy, 85: 2036-1043.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., Arik, A. (2016). “Estimating the Opportunity for Load-Shifting in Hawaii: An Analysis of Proposed Residential Time-of-Use Rates,” UHERO Working Paper Series. Available at: http://uhero.hawaii.edu/assets/TOURates_8-2.pdf.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., Arik, A. (2016). “Electric Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessment for Hawaii,” Electric Vehicle Transportation Center, University of Central Florida. Available at: http://evtc.fsec.ucf.edu/publications/documents/HNEI-10-16.pdf

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S. (2015). Factors affecting EV Adoption: A literature review and EV forecast for Hawaii. Electric Vehicle Transportation Center, University of Central Florida. Available at: http://evtc.fsec.ucf.edu/publications/documents/HNEI-04-15.pdf.

Mochizuki, J., Coffman, M., and Yanagida, J. (2015). “Market, Welfare and Land-Use Implications of Lignocellulosic Bioethanol in Hawaii,” Renewable Energy, 76: 102-114.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P. (2014). “Linking Hawaii’s Islands with Wind Energy.” Annals of Regional Science, DOI 10.1007/s00168-014-0644-y.

Coffman, M. (2014). “Energy,” The Value of Hawaii 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, Eds. Yamashiro, Aiko; Goodyear-Kaopua, Noelani.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., and Wee, S. (2014). Cost Implications of GHG Regulation in Hawaii. UHERO Working Paper Series. Available at: http://uhero.hawaii.edu/assets/WP_2014-5.pdf

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., and Frost, A. (2014). PURPA and the Impact of Existing Avoided Cost Contracts on Hawaii’s Electricity Sector. UHERO Working Paper Series. Available at: http://uhero.hawaii.edu/assets/WP_2014-5.pdf

Coffman, M., Griffin, J., and Bernstein, P. (2012). “An Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions-Weighted Clean Energy Standards,” Energy Policy, 45: 122-132.

Coffman, M., Noy, I., (2012). “Hurricane Iniki: Measuring the Long-Term Economic Impact of a Natural Disaster Using Synthetic Control,” Environment and Development Economics, 17(2): 187-205.

Coffman, M., Noy, I., (2010). “A Hurricane Hits Hawai‘i: A Tale of Vulnerability to Natural Disasters,” CESifo Forum 11(2): 67-72.

Coffman, M, Umemoto, K. (2010). “The Triple-Bottom-Line: Framing of Tradeoffs in Sustainability Planning Practice,” Environment, Development and Sustainability, 10(5), 597-610.

Coffman, M. (2010). “Oil Price Shocks and Hawai‘i’s Economy: An Analysis of the Oil-Price Macroeconomy Relationship,” Annals of Regional Science 44(3), 599-620.

Coffman, M. (2009). “University Leadership in Island Climate Mitigation,” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 10(3): 239-249.

Coffman, M., Kim, K. (2009). “The Economic Impacts of Banning Commercial Bottomfish Fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands,” Ocean and Coastal Management 52(3-4), 166-172

Coffman, M. (2008). “Concepts in Greenhouse Gas Regulation: A Primer on Meeting ACT 234,”A Publication of the University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), September 29.

Coffman, M. (2008). “An Overview of U.S. Regional and National Climate Change Mitigation Strategies: Lessons for Hawai`i,” A Publication of the University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), August 25.

Coffman, M., Surles, T., and Konan, D. (2007). “Analysis of the Impact of Petroleum Prices on the State of Hawai`i’s Economy,” prepared for the State of Hawai`i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Integrating Renewable Energy with Time Varying Pricing

With increasing adoption of intermittent sources of renewable energy, effective integration is paramount to fully realizing societal benefits. This study asks the question, how valuable …

Integrating Renewable Energy: A Commercial Sector Perspective on Price-Responsive Load-Shifting

Price-based demand response is an important component to achieving Hawaii’s 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard. This report provides a review of the impacts of time varying …

Publication: Do electric vehicle incentives matter? Evidence from the 50 U.S. states

UHERO congratulates Sherilyn Wee, Makena Coffman, and Sumner La Croix on the publication of, “Do electric vehicle incentives matter? Evidence from the 50 U.S. states,” …