Climate & Energy Program

No single solution exists to address global energy demand the International Energy Agency forecasts will grow a third by 2035.

Meeting the energy needs of a growing population, while protecting the air and environment surrounding us, is the chief focus of the Climate and Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. By utilizing the interdisciplinary resources available at Duke University, the Nicholas Institute’s Climate and Energy Program is analyzing this problem, assessing how policies can work together and weighing tradeoffs through a number of projects at the federal and state level.

Nationally, the program is identifying viable, cost-effective options for a federal climate policy that take into account the political and economic realities of our time. This includes exploring innovative approaches to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector and cost-effective options that may use existing laws such as the Clean Air Act to cut emissions.

On the state level, efforts center on assessing renewable energy potential in Southeastern states and helping states rethink utility regulation to better protect consumers and limit environmental impact.

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Focus areas include: greenhouse gas regulation under the Clean Air Act; California market design and supply; national climate policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries; biomass energy; and renewable energy in the southeastern U.S.