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Joining Forces to Evaluate Climate Change Policies

In 2005, Duke Energy pledged $2.5 million to Duke University to support the Climate Change Policy Partnership—an industry/university collaboration that will research and develop federal policy options for addressing the issue of global climate change.

The partnership pairs Duke Energy with experts from Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Center on Global Change and Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. As part of the partnership, more than 30 graduate students from Duke and other North Carolina universities will receive Duke Energy Research Fellowships. Their research will be used to help inform and advance the federal policy debate on climate change.

During the partnership’s first phase, researchers will study a variety of federal policy options and identify their impacts both nationally and in North Carolina. Researchers will also assess carbon sequestration opportunities in the state. As the partnership expands and recruits more academic and corporate participants, researchers will begin studies of the carbon-reducing potential of other options such as renewable energy and enhanced vehicle fuel-efficiency technologies.