Energy and Environmental Economics is a broad service area that involves the analysis of energy systems and includes the evaluation of demand for energy, available energy supply, operation of energy markets, and public policies affecting energy markets. Consulting services in applied energy economics, for example, examine the economic impacts of energy taxes, price regulation, industry restructuring, energy efficiency, and environmental policies such as emissions cap-and-trade programs.
The role of clean energy and energy efficiency in the nation’s energy mix is becoming increasingly important as a way to both achieve energy independence and meet climate change targets. As a result, state decision-makers are focused on developing policies and regulations to promote the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Additionally, states are working independently, or as members of regional coalitions, to establish greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
Exeter has extensive experience working with state government agencies to help analyze proposed policies and assist with the development of regulations and guidelines in these areas. Through detailed analyses and technical assistance, Exeter has worked with a broad cross-section of states, regions, technologies, and policies to provide state and federal government agencies with the tools they need to move toward achieving their specific objectives.
Exeter’s experience with environmental issues related to energy use includes the following:
- Analysis of numerous issues associated with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
- Analysis of federal climate change legislative proposals
- Study of regional air emissions impacts associated with major transmission line development
- Study of air emissions impacts associated with deployment and use of distributed generation