The Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory (CEPL) supports the educational and research missions of Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy. The CEPL administers both the Certificate program and the Master of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management (MSEEM) degree. In addition, it conducts research on:

  • smart cities and the intersection of data sciences, behavioral research, and public policy
  • clean energy financing and market-based policies
  • carbon mitigation and management opportunities in Georgia and beyond
  • local, national, and global energy transitions
  • transformation to smart grids and distributed energy resources: energy efficiency, electric vehicles, rooftop solar, and more.

Graduates are positioned for leadership careers that address sustainable energy challenges in various areas of professional life, including government agencies, universities, non-governmental organizations, business, and industry. Our policy and modeling interests span the triad of mitigation, adaptation, and geo-engineering, while also including issues of equity, employment, and other impacts of technologies and policies.

Multidisciplinarity, quantitative rigor, and strong conceptual frameworks underpin CEPL’s approach to policy analysis. Econometric models are employed to evaluate the impacts of existing programs. We use a unique ensemble of modeling tools including the National Energy Modeling System (NEMS), Input-Output approaches, Monte Carlo methods to characterize uncertainties, and GT-DSM and GT-Solar cost-benefit calculators. Together, these models are used to forecast the speed and market penetration of new and improved energy technologies and the ability of alternative policies to accelerate the adoption of clean energy technologies and practices. An interest in institutional and consumer behavior underpins the CEPL research agenda.

Drawdown
Georgia Drawdown Initiative | GT | December 18, 2018
 
Georgia Drawdown
DOE/EPSA and GT/CEPL at the Oak Ridge National Lab June 11-12, 2015
DOE & GT | Oak Ridge National Lab | June 11-12, 2015