Climate and Energy Program Focal Areas

Envisioning the Future of the Electricity Sector

The Nicholas Institute analyzes the power sector landscape in traditionally regulated states and competitive markets, exploring ways regulators can shape or adapt to market trends and projecting how alternatives will drive mid-century environmental and economic outcomes.

Pricing Carbon

The Nicholas Institute evaluates carbon pricing schemes and proposes design elements to ensure their environmental integrity, cost-effectiveness, and distributional equity. And with faculty partners at Duke University, Institute staff study methods for calculating the Social Cost of Carbon, for use in carbon markets or traditional regulation.

Economic Modeling of Energy Policy, Technology

The Nicholas Institute develops and maintains a number of economic and energy models that clarify the impacts of regulatory and investment options. These models help policy makers evaluate—and public utilities and businesses adapt to and capitalize on—new and evolving environmental and energy policies.

Energy Access Project

The production and use of energy has far-reaching implications for human health, economic opportunity, and the livability of the planet. With nearly a third of humanity lacking reliable electricity and three billion people without clean fuels and technologies for cooking, energy access represents one of the greatest challenges of our time.

Environmental and Energy Economics

Duke University is home to dozens of scholars in the field of environmental and natural resource economics.  Across the University, our faculty, staff and students perform cutting-edge research, which applies economic principles and methods to wide-ranging problems in energy and climate change, conservation of natural resources, water and air quality, environmental health and other critical areas.