Focal Areas

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. We and our faculty colleagues run models of the U.S. energy system, dispatch models of the U.S. electric power system, spatial models for siting pipelines for carbon capture and storage, and models of the U.S. forest and agricultural sectors. These models are a powerful complement to the Institute’s policy research.