About the Energy Policy Institute (EPI) & Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES)

The Energy Policy Institute is an integral part of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), which is a public/private partnership between the Idaho National Laboratory, Boise State University, the University of Idaho, and Idaho State University. EPI provides robust and timely research that meets the challenges of an increasingly carbon-constrained economy, which include the need for energy and environmental security, as well as sustainable economic development. More



EPI Team Awarded International Atomic Energy Agency Contract

A BSU faculty team has obtained a $41,000 contract from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  The project requires the BSU team to develop a comprehensive decision framework for assessing the deployment of Small and Medium-sized nuclear Reactors (SMRs), with a particular focus on Member States with developing economies.  College of Business & Economics Associate Professor Geoff Black and Assistant Professor Meredith Taylor Black, along with Energy Policy Institute Director David Solan, will conduct the study and provide a report to the IAEA.  More


EPI led PVMapper featured in Solar Industry Magazine


The recently completed PVMapper project was highlighted in Solar Industry Magazine, and the tool is described as a "Cure for the Not-In-My-Backyard Blues."

PVMapper is an open-source GIS tool used to improve preliminary site screening and comparison for utility-scale PV projects. While PVMapper is designed for utility-scale PV projects, it is also well-suited for site screening for other renewable technologies, as well as nuclear or fossil-fuel electricity generation plants.