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RFF's Center for Energy and Climate Economics
RFF’s Center for Energy and Climate Economics (CECE) designs efficient and effective policy options for sustainably developing energy resources and addressing global climate change. Within CECE, RFF experts conduct rigorous economic research and policy analysis on today’s most pressing issues, helping leaders around the world make better decisions that balance the need for economic growth and environmental stewardship.
CECE was launched in 2014 as a result of combining RFF’s energy and climate centers, reflecting RFF’s comprehensive approach to examining these intertwined issues and building upon existing research underway at RFF.
CECE’s research portfolio includes a range of domestic and international energy and climate issues, such as the future of the US electric power sector, climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, international trade and competitiveness, energy issues in China, and options for international climate policy structures.
Strategic Research Initiatives
To enrich RFF’s research and collaboration on important topics, CECE has established the following initiatives that offer opportunities for unique economic and policy analysis and expert engagement, in addition to a broader research portfolio. These initiatives are currently in progress.
The New Natural Gas Landscape
RFF experts are examining the costs, benefits, impacts, and opportunities of developing new natural gas supplies, in the United States and abroad.
The Future of Power
The US electricity sector is experiencing significant change, driven by both market and regulatory forces. RFF experts are exploring several critical issues, including regulating carbon under the Clean Air Act and improving energy efficiency policies and information.
North American Energy Opportunities
RFF experts, working with colleagues in Canada and Mexico, have begun to explore options for North American energy integration.
Considering a US Carbon Tax
RFF experts are examining the potential impacts of a federal carbon tax to help leaders better understand the fiscal and environmental costs and benefits.
Transportation: Vehicles, Fuels, and Emissions
RFF experts are exploring ways to reduce transportation congestion and pollution, while promoting innovation—both in the United States and abroad.
Surveying American Attitudes toward Climate Change and Clean Energy
RFF has teamed up with Stanford University and The New York Times to conduct an in-depth survey of American perceptions of climate change and energy policies.
Previous Research Projects
Deepwater Drilling: Recommendations for a Safer Future
In August 2010, the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling asked RFF experts to conduct a series of studies that would help inform the commission’s investigations and recommendations by identifying potential improvements in industry and government practice to reduce the risk of future catastrophic spills.
Reforming Institutions and Managing Extremes: US Policy Approaches for Adapting to Climate Change
RFF experts examine the effects of a changing climate on terrestrial ecosystems, marine ecosystems, freshwater resources, agriculture, human health, and infrastructure, and provided steps that the federal government can take to address those impacts.
RFF would like to acknowledge the following supporters for their contributions to RFF’s energy and climate research in 2014:
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
American Honda Motor Company
Consolidated Edison Company of New York
Edison Electric Institute
Fuel Freedom Foundation
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence H. Linden
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Merck Family Fund
Merribel S. Ayres
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Robert C. Means
Samuel Freeman Trust
Shell Oil Company
Southern California Edison
The Energy Foundation
The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation
The Mistra Foundation
The Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
The Salt River Project
The Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation
US Department of Energy
US Environmental Protection Agency
William K. Reilly