California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER)

Administered by the California Energy Commission, the Public Interest Energy Research Program (PIER) was created to advance science and technology in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy, advanced electricity technologies, energy-related environmental protection, transmission and distribution, and transportation technologies. The PIER Program awards up to $62 million annually to support new energy services and products that create statewide environmental and economic benefits.

Priority research areas defined in PIER’s five-year Climate Change Research Plan are: monitoring, analysis, and modeling of climate; analysis of options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; assessment of physical impacts and of adaptation strategies; and analysis of the economic consequences of both climate change impacts and the efforts designed to reduce emissions. Research under the PIER program is identifying potential impacts and effective adaptation methods for California, particularly with regards to ecological resources, water resources, and human health.

In 2003, the PIER Program established the California Climate Change Center to document climate change research relevant to the state.  The Center is conducting research in the energy, water resources, public health, coastal resources, forests, ecosystems, and agriculture sectors - identifying potential climate impacts in California and effective adaptation strategies. (see separate entry in this clearinghouse)

The California Energy Commission has published numerous reports under its PIER Program and by staff which can be accessed on the Commission's publications database: http://www.energy.ca.gov/publications/pierSearchReports.php?pier1=Climate%20Change


 

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