Climate change, geopolitics, and other factors have encouraged a transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to one that is more reliant on cleaner, renewable forms of energy. IEc assists policymakers seeking innovative ways to facilitate and encourage this transition. IEc applies its expertise in air policy, program evaluation, benefit-cost analysis, public utilities, and finance to help state and federal entities create alternative energy and energy efficiency programs that properly balance economic growth, environmental protection, and energy independence objectives.
In the energy policy area, IEc’s client base is as diverse as our services. We have completed studies for several state agencies, including the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, the Oregon Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. We also work closely with several federal agencies whose actions affect state policy goals, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of the Interior. Finally, IEc consultants offer comprehensive program design, implementation, and evaluation services to an array of public and private clients, including those pursuing energy efficiency and renewable energy objectives.
IEc economists offer unparalleled expertise in characterizing the economic and environmental impacts of energy policy alternatives. We have performed landmark studies considering how conversion to alternative and renewable energy sources may affect air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, human health, individual economic welfare, and the overall performance of the U.S. economy. IEc has also examined how development of offshore oil and gas resources could affect the marine environment and energy markets.
IEc helps clients examine how to re-engineer energy generation and delivery in ways that satisfy evolving consumer demand and address environmental realities. We have helped clients assess deployment of large-scale renewable energy systems designed to satisfy policy targets. We also have assessed innovative options for restructuring energy systems away from centralized systems and toward smaller-scale, distributed generation systems that are less vulnerable to large failure events often associated with climate change, sea level rise, and other catastrophic threats.
Consumers, developers, the business community, and policymakers are increasingly cognizant of the benefits of green buildings, which are broadly defined as buildings with lower energy use and smaller environmental footprints. Green buildings are in demand in many market segments, and IEc is a leader in the analysis of economic and environmental impacts of green building voluntary programs and standards (e.g., LEED, WELL, ENERGY STAR). IEc has worked with Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership to advance zero net energy buildings; we have worked with Dunkin Brands’ to assess the impact of its internal green store design spec (DD Green); and have worked with Natural Resource Canada to adapt their policy approach to advancing energy efficiency in the built environment. We have conducted several evaluations of programs designed to drive down energy use in the built environment, including energy code and above code programs.
Organizations of all types are increasingly using sustainability as the fundamental organizing principle for their operations and aspirations. IEc provide technical services to governments, NGOs, and industry to develop and execute successful sustainability programs. IEc has worked with clients on a wide range of sustainability frameworks and tools, including:
- Materiality assessment
- Carbon/GHG, energy, and water footprint analysis
- Sustainable purchasing specifications and program design
- Responsible sourcing and supply chain management
- Evaluation of ecolabels, certifications, and standards for products and buildings
- Life cycle assessment and product category rules
- Online calculators that estimate benefits of sustainability actions
- Investment analysis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors
- Reporting frameworks, including GRI, CDP, and various ESG ratings systems
- Food waste management and large-scale composting
- Circular economy, product stewardship, and take-back systems