LBNL International Energy Studies

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International Energy Studies Group at LBNL

The International Energy Studies (IES) Group has been active for more than 25 years and is composed of scientists active on the world forum in the areas of energy, forestry, and climate research. Recently LBNL and UC Berkeley also initiated a new program on India the Berkeley India Joint Leadership on Energy and Environment (BIJLEE). In the past, IES has actively engaged in as many as 40 developing and transitioning countries in building capacity on climate mitigation. Most of the trained personnel now represent their respective countries in climate negotiations. While IES’ thrust has been on helping the development of new policies and programs, it has particularly strong skills in capacity development which is deeply needed in the developing countries. Its work has been supported by US DOE, EPA, AID, State Dept., California Commissions, UN organizations, World Bank, oil and industry foundations.

The following is a summary of the topics that IES has actively covered over this period:

Climate Change and Energy - research into methods for assessing the potential for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and developing national action plans, and training for experts on the subject in over 40 developing countries.

Climate Change and Forestry -- develop methods and tools for assessing GHG mitigation potential and costs in selected tropical countries and develop a global model of land use change and forestry. LBNL has developed an economic model for comprehensively assessing mitigation options (COMAP) at the country and regional level, and a global model (GCOMAP) that covers 10 regions. GCOMAP has contributed analytical results to the Stern Review, and four similar reviews conducted in Australia, NZ, and EU, and by Greenpeace. Other activities include project and program specific evaluation of carbon forestry projects, identifying land use issues, and exploring innovative options that address the concerns of industry, farmers, environmental organizations and other stakeholders.

Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Analysis – conduct research analyzing national and global energy consumption, efficiency trends, and carbon flows; analyzing the potential for improving efficiency and storing carbon including supporting international climate change studies. IES group’s research and development of monitoring and verification programs in the 1990s for the energy and forestry sector helped in the formulation of the MERC protocol for the CDM.

IPCC Support - IES provides ongoing guidance in support of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Tasks include reviews, lead and coordinating lead authorship, section leadership of IPCC reports and technical contributions to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice Reports (SBSTA) and other international bodies. Several IES staff were recipients of the IPCC Nobel Prize in 2007.

Support for Developing Countries – has provided technical assistance in three major programs involving developing and transitioning countries; the U.S. Country Studies Program (USCSP), and the Asia Least-Cost Greenhouse Gas Abatement Study (ALGAS), and the UNEP project "Economics of GHG Limitations, ongoing assistance under CLASP for improving appliance efficiency and on the Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) in seven partnering countries.

India- The International Energy Studies (IES) Group at LBNL is in a position to provide technical assistance to all of the above countries. Currently through APP support IES is particularly focused on India to develop and implement energy-efficiency and renewable energy technologies, policies, and programs as a means to reduce GHG emissions while advancing economic development. In the short run, the primary goal for improving energy efficiency is to reduce severe power shortages and the extensive use of highly polluting back-up generation.

The target audiences include electricity regulators, utility companies, civil society organizations, research institutes, and other implementing agencies. IES has many on-going, long-term relationships with professionals from such institutes and organizations, as well as with multilateral organizations working in India such as the IEA, World Bank, UN Development Program. For example, IES recently facilitated memorandum of understandings between the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, LBNL and our collaborators in India including the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission, and the Forum of Regulators for Technical Assistance and Collaboration on demand side management (DSM) and renewable energy technologies.

IES also led the development of the Berkeley India Joint Leadership on Energy and Environment, or BIJLEE, to further facilitate collaboration with Indian counterparts on energy and environment issues.

LBNL IES Collaborators for India Activities:


  • California Energy Commission (CEC)
  • California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
  • University of California, Berkeley (UCB)


  • Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST)
  • Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)
  • Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC)
  • Confederation of Indian Industry, I.L.C.
  • Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC)
  • Delhi School of Economics
  • Department of Science & Technology (DST)
  • Forum of Regulators
  • Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
  • International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)
  • International Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B)
  • Jadavpur University
  • Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC)
  • Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA)
  • Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL)
  • Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)
  • Ministry of Power
  • National Power Training Institute (NPTI)
  • National Thermal Power Corporation
  • Prayas
  • Reliance Energy
  • Satyam Computers (NYSE: SAY)
  • Tata Power
  • The Energy Research Institute (TERI)


  • Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) on Clean Development and Climate
  • Alliance to Save Energy
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)
  • United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • World Bank

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