This Center will specifically address characteristic resources, challenges, and capabilities and deliver viable solutions with maximum impact with regional expertise. It is the first known implementation of a regional partnership to focus on the interdependencies of energy policy and technology toward the pragmatic realization of meaningful, affordable, and market-based carbon reductions.
The Center will also work towards accelerating a diversity of reliable, affordable and increasingly low-carbon energy options in the Southeast by putting a premium on regional contributions that can enhance U.S. energy leadership and competitiveness. Challenges in both power generation and in transportation on a regional basis will be investigated. Techno-economic, social and policy factors, as well as near and longer term impacts, are within the scope of consideration. Primary objectives include:
- Work Products: The EPICenter will produce and disseminate rigorous, fact-based policy studies that will address southeastern perspectives on global, national and regional energy issues;
- Events: The Center will host conferences, workshops, and symposiums on relevant energy issues, serving as a nonpartisan facilitator for academic, business and nongovernmental stakeholders;
- Educational Outreach and Workforce Development: The EPICenter will provide opportunities for learning and information exchange among students, faculty and visiting scholars. It will also support training and workforce development with regional utilities and energy equipment providers, facilitating stakeholder collaboration and public-private energy partnerships.