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Whether on the international or domestic stage, the Pace Energy and Climate Center is a key provider of technical information to environmental, governmental and consumer groups working toward sustainable energy policy. The Center is currently engaged in a variety of programs and initiatives designed to support a cleaner, more energy efficient world.
Our Major Activities
Within its core mission, the Pace Energy and Climate Center conducts policy analysis, provides legal and technical assistance, and supports education and outreach to promote energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies. Our major activities can be grouped broadly into five primary areas:
- Energy efficiency and CHP initiatives
- Renewable energy initiatives
- Environmental impacts of the production and use of energy
- International sustainability
- Shaping energy policies through participation in regulatory proceedings
With the convergence of energy and environmental issues, and the recognition of the impact of energy and transportation policies on climate change, there is some imprecision in attempting to classify PECC’s activities into these five primary areas; there is considerable overlap in many of the activities which extend beyond a single classification. The Center’s work with respect to the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), for example, is included as part of environmental impacts – item 3 – yet efforts to increase the investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy – items 1 and 2 – likely represent the most cost-effective means of reducing greenhouse gases associated with the production and use of energy.
The common theme of all of the Center’s activities is the impact of energy and transportation policy on climate change. The recent change in our name from the Pace Energy Project to the Pace Energy and Climate Center more accurately reflects the Center’s longstanding commitment to reducing the environmental impacts of producing and using energy through clean, efficient and renewable alternatives, and to addressing the regulatory and policy barriers to clean energy technologies. While many entities today are claiming “climate” expertise, the Center has been working in these areas for more than twenty years.