Bill Dougherty

Senior Associate Researcher


Boston, MA
billd@ccr-group.org
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Bill is an SEI Associate based in Boston, MA. He is a professional engineer with broad experience in engineering analysis and regional planning. In recent years, he has worked on projects in Morocco, Sudan, Pakistan, Thailand, and South Africa, focusing on energy system modeling, institutional capacity appraisal, statistical analysis of traditional energy markets, and development of environmental externality values. In the U.S., his research has included an analysis of the social costs and benefits of switching to alternative fuel vehicles, modeling of national policies in the electric and transport sectors for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and assessing transportation demand management options. Dr. Dougherty has also been a key contributor to the development of analytical tools to assess air quality, health, and environmental impacts of electric resource supply options and alternative regional transportation strategies. Bill received a Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.


Recent Publications by Bill Dougherty

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Water-energy nexus challenges & opportunities in the Arabian Peninsula under climate change

Poster presented at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, 12-16 December 2016

Author(s): Flores, F. ; Yates, D. ; Galaitsi, S. ; Binnington, T. ; Dougherty, B. ; Vinnaccia, M.; Glavan, J.C.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Water Resources

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This conference poster presents the results of a study of the water-energy nexus in countries in the Arabian Peninsula, using a coupled WEAP-LEAP model. Demand for water in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries relies mainly on fossil groundwater resources and desalination. Satisfying water demand requires a great deal of energy, as it requires treating and moving water along the supply chain from sources, through treatment processes, and ultimately to the consumer. As part of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) Local, National, and Regional Climate Change Programme, a study of the water-energy nexus of the countries in the Arabian Peninsula was implemented. For water, WEAP models both water demand – and its main drivers – and water supply, simulating policies, priorities and preferences. For energy, LEAP models both energy supply and demand, and is able to capture the impacts of low-carbon development strategies. A coupled WEAP-LEAP model was then used to evaluate the future performance of the energy-water system under climate change and policy scenarios. The models examined five policy scenarios of different futures of resource management to the year 2060.


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Water scarcity and climate change adaptation for Yemen's vulnerable communities

Local Environment 16:5, 473-488

Author(s): Haideraab, M. ; Fencl, A. ; Dougherty, B. ; Swartz, C. ; Alhakimibc, S.A.; Noamanab, A.; Al Kebsic, A.; Noamand, A.
Year: 2011

Research Area(s): Water Resources

Description: Yemen faces formidable freshwater management challenges, exacerbated by substantial population growth, degrading environmental quality and uncertainty about possible climate change impacts. Here the authors use the Water Resources Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) software to evaluate water needs and scarcity for three case study areas in Yemen representing different ecological conditions (Sana'a, Sadah, and Aden City) under a range of scenarios that include potential climate change and adaptation strategies. The modeled results suggest that current and predicted patterns of water consumption will soon fully deplete available supplies, and are a bigger driver of vulnerability than potential climate change for the region.
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User Guidebook for the Analysis of Investment and Financial Flows

Prepared for UNDP

Author(s): Dougherty, B. ; Fencl, A.
Year: 2009

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This Guidebook was initiated in response to the need for developing countries to have a clear approach for conducting national I&FF assessments that duly accounts for national circumstances, capacities, and resources. This version of the document has been prepared to carry out the initial assessments with the first countries in the UNDP project, and will be continually reviewed regarding its user-friendliness, feasibility of implementation, and sectoral scope. We hope that it can be a useful resource for countries not participating in the UNDP project as well.
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Handbook for Conducting Technology Needs Assessment for Climate Change

Prepared for UNDP and UNFCC secretariat

Author(s): Dougherty, B. ; Fencl, A.
Year: 2009

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy ; Adaptation & Vulnerability

Description: This TNA handbook was jointly developed by UNDP and UNFCCC Secretariat, under the auspices of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT), in cooperation with the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI). It builds on the earlier edition published in 2004.
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Benefits and Costs of a Large-Scale Transition to Hydrogen in The USA

Energy Policy 37:1, 80-90

Author(s): Dougherty, B. ; Kartha, S. ; Lazarus, M. ; Fencl, A. ; Rajan, C.; Bailie, A.; Runkle, B.
Year: 2009

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This study applies a full fuel cycle approach to quantify the energy, greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), and cost implications associated with a large transition to hydrogen in the United States.
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