Energy and Environmental Policy Innovation in a Bottom Up World
We are a policy innovation lab based at the University of Colorado, Boulder. We work with partners around the world to develop and support real-time policy experiments, establish robust networks for learning and exchange, and contribute to effective and durable policy outcomes.

Projects

Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force (GCF):

A unique subnational coalition of 35 states and provinces from nine different countries (Brazil, Colombia Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States) that seeks to advance jurisdictional programs for low emissions development and reduced emissions from deforestation and land use and link these activities with emerging greenhouse gas (GHG) compliance regimes and other pay-for- performance opportunities. For more information visit the GCF Task Force.

Public Utilities Commission Clean Energy Collaborative:

A network of legal and policy academics in the United States focused on the role of state Public Utility Commissions in clean energy innovation.

Sustainable LA Grand Challenge:

A project in collaboration with researchers at the UCLA School of Law comparing the role of municipal utilities and investor owned utilities in advancing distributed energy resources (rooftop solar, storage, electric vehicles) in Los Angeles.

Clean Energy for El Alto:

A pilot project in El Alto, Bolivia, one of Latin America’s fastest growing cities. Located in a subtropical highland environment over 13,000 feet above sea level with a population of 1,000,000 (85% indigenous and over 70% of its working population belongs to Bolivia’s “informal economy”) and 2,289 hours of sunshine per year, El Alto is an ideal site for developing innovative, affordable energy options, largely around solar power. This project unites clean energy development expertise from CU, the Catholic University of Bolivia (UCB), the Public University of El Alto, Bolivia (UPEA), and related partners. The project will develop pilot sites for clean energy solutions in El Alto and foster educational exchange between CU, UCB, UPEA and other project partners.

Acre-Colorado Exchange:

Our first pilot exchange program will bring the Governor of Acre and his senior leadership to Boulder Colorado for two weeks in January 2017 for educational, commercial, and technical exchange.