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Welcome to the Energy Policy Institute

We inform decisions about energy system change through timely and impactful research, advising, and training.

Why energy?
Energy shapes every dimension of our world – from the quality of our lives and environment to the fuel driving our economies. Our decisions and innovations have the ability to transform this system.  

What we do…

  • The Energy Policy Institute focuses on strategic problem-solving and opportunities in energy. We do so through a cross-cutting and practical, socio-technical approach that informs policy-makers, communities and members of industry, as we train the next generation of leaders.

  • We integrate multi-disciplinary strengths to inform how people tap and utilize energy from the local through to the international levels.

  • Resilience, security and safety, sustainability, reliability and affordability are among the priorities that we evaluate.

Engagement and Research Methods 

Primary forms of engagement:

  • Sponsored and contracted research
  • Advising
  • Neutral facilitation
  • Education
  • Convening and outreach
Research methods:

  • Policy analysis
  • Interviews and surveys
  • Case comparisons
  • Program evaluation
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Historical record review
  • Process tracing
  • Simulations
  • Impact assessments
  • Forecasting and backcasting
  • Economic and statistical analysis

Collaboration and Clients

  • We work with the public and private sectors, as well as non-profit organizations. The Western Governors Association, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the State of Idaho, the Idaho Policy Institute, the City of Boise, and industry are among the organizations.

Sample Studies and Funding

  • With over $5 million in external funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and other entities, the Energy Policy Institute completes research on a range of topics.
  • We evaluate policies for resilient energy systems and critical infrastructure; electricity transmission and the design of power markets; cyber risk management; innovation and early adopters of disruptive technology; planning for change in transport and heating; economics and regulatory aspects of new nuclear systems; and regional hybrid systems.

The Energy Policy Institute is undergoing a transformation. Stay tuned for updates.