Climate & Energy Program

No single solution exists to address the demand for global energy, which the International Energy Agency forecasts will grow one-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 assessing how policies can work together and weighing their 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 takes into account the political and economic realities of our time. These options include innovative approaches to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector and to potentially use existing laws such like the Clean Air Act to cost-effectively 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 impacts.

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.