The UC Davis Institute of the Environment supports a wide breadth of interdisciplinary research informing the world’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The Davis Energy Economics Program (DEEP)and Wild Energy, both housed within the Institute of the Environment, play especially important roles in moving our world toward a sustainable energy future.
DEEP is an intellectual hub where researchers and students from multiple disciplines, the Davis energy economics community, industry, and policymakers gather and exchange ideas, research, and information on the challenges and opportunities facing today’s energy sector. The program supports economic research on all aspects of the energy industries, spanning fuels markets, energy consumption, electricity regulation and deregulation, vehicle markets, and emissions trading.
Wild Energy conducts interdisciplinary energy research focused around the co-location of agriculture with solar energy production. The center works with community and Indigenous partners, NGOs, and industrial stakeholders to answer important questions about how the world will meet our global goals for a rapid transition to renewable energy while conserving the environment on which all species depend. Ensuring a just transition to renewable energy requires knowing exactly how renewable energy infrastructure impacts Earth and its ecosystems.
Energy powers our world, and the Institute of the Environment is supporting research and training the next generation workforce that will move our world from a carbon-centered society to one based on renewable sources of energy that are scalable for widespread adoption.