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Office: Saunders 113
Phone: 956-2890
UH Email: makenaka@hawaii.edu
Makena CV (pdf)

Areas of Interest: Environmental planning, energy and climate change policy, resource management, system modeling


Education:
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa (2007)
B.A in International Relations, minor in Economics, Stanford University

Overview: 

  • Director, Institute for Sustainability and Resilience
  • Interests include greenhouse gas reduction strategies; renewable energy planning and policy; low-carbon transportation
  • Specializes in regional economy-environment modeling with expertise in energy policy and climate change mitigation
  • Current research assesses energy planning and regulatory mechanisms to help Hawai‘i and the U.S. meet their clean energy goals, including low-carbon transportation options
  • Appointed to and member of the City and County of Honolulu’s Climate Change Commission
  • Research Fellow with the University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization

Appointments & Affiliations:

Research Fellow, University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization

Teaching:

Courses include Climate Change, Energy and Food Security in the Asia/Pacific Region, Urban Economics, Research Methods, Planning Practicum and Environmental Planning.

Advising:

Student advising in areas of environmental planning relating to management of natural resources and environmental impacts (ex: energy systems, climate change mitigation/adaptation, low carbon transportation strategies, resource management).

Selected Publications & Reports:

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.

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