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Natural Gas Initiative is a cross-campus effort of the Precourt Institute for Energy.

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Project Topics 

Benson Lab

The Benson Lab is a research group in the department of Energy Resources Engineering. We investigate fundamental characteristics of carbon dioxide storage in geologic formations as well as low-carbon energy system modeling and optimization as means of climate change mitigation.

Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (SEEPAC)

SEEPAC was established in 2011 to develop practical and economically viable solutions to the pressing energy and environmental problems facing 21st Century societies. SEEPAC undertakes and disseminates research that can help decision-makers shape environmental and energy policy. Beyond discovering innovative solutions to problems, SEEPAC aims to influence policy decisions through close interaction with state, federal and global decision makers.

Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD)

PESD is an international, interdisciplinary program that draws on the fields of economics, political science, law, and management to investigate how real energy markets work. This means understanding not only what is technologically possible and economically efficient but also how actual political and regulatory processes lead to outcomes that are more costly and less effective than they could be.

The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance

The Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy & Finance explores and advances public policies and financial mechanisms leading to an energy future that protects the environment in an economically sensible way. Specifically, the center aims to: Design and execute a suite of research projects demonstrating how to enable an environmentally and economically secure energy future; Advance knowledge and discourse by publishing the results of this research in high-impact articles in both academic and popular media; Expand and support the unique intellectual and entrepreneurial talents of Stanford faculty and students committed to energy policy and finance; Provide critical expertise to policymakers, financiers, investors and consumers on energy policy and finance proposals.

Faculty & Researchers

Mark Thurber

Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar
John Weyant

Professor, Research, Management Science and Engineering
Frank Wolak

Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies in the Dept of Economics / Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development - Stanford University

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