Research Focus Areas
Energy Area Environmental Research
The mission of the Energy-Related Environmental Research Area within PIER (PIER-EA) is to develop cost-effective approaches to evaluating and resolving environmental effects of energy production, delivery and use in California; and explore how new electricity applications and products can solve environmental problems.
The research supported by PIER-EA falls into four main categories: Air Quality and Energy, Aquatic Resources and Energy, Terrestrial Resources and Energy, and Energy Related Global Climate Change Issues. Some PIER-EA research highlights are given below. Results from other projects can be viewed at Reports and Publications.
Indoor Environmental Quality and Heating, Ventilating,
and Air Conditioning Survey of Small and Medium Size Commercial Buildings
- Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in New Homes
- Air Quality Impacts of Distributed Generation
- Urban Surface Modification as a Potential Ozone Air-Quality Improvement Strategy
- California Climate Change Assessments
- CalAdapt - Visualizing Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Options in California
- Climate Change Impacts on the Operation of Two High-Elevation Hydropower Systems in California
- Impact of Climate Change on Residential Electricity Consumption: Evidence From Billing Data
- Optimization of Novel Distributed Energy Networks to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions In California
- Carbon Capture and Storage Review Panel
New research proposals are regularly solicited for the Energy-Related Environmental Research Area. For the latest information on requests for proposals from PIER-EA as well as all the other Energy Commission program areas please visit Funding Opportunities