Environmental Research - Policy Context

With a population of more than 37 million and one of the world's largest economies, California is the tenth largest energy consumer in the world. Of this, three-quarters of the state's electricity needs are met by in-state power sources, from distributed energy to nuclear, via approximately 50,000 miles of transmission lines. Ultimately, the process of generating and distributing energy has wide-ranging and often detrimental environmental impacts on the state's ecological system.

The following legislation and policy guides PIER-EA in addressing California's energy and environmental challenges:

Additional information is available on PIER-EA activities directed at fulfilling state policy as it specifically relates to global climate change.