Our research in energy analysis focuses on generating and interpreting information to inform a wide range of stakeholders, including governments and international institutions, about energy-related issues.
Our energy standards research has saved billions for U.S. consumers. Energy efficiency standards (EES) researchers produce technical, economic, and environmental analyses, primarily to support the development of energy efficiency standards for appliances, lighting, and other equipment. ees.lbl.gov/
Our researchers work internationally to improve research, partnership, and energy efficiency. We actively provide expert advice and technical support to governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and industries through a variety of research topics and activities. The locus of researchers in this area is the International Energy Studies Group (ies.lbl.gov/). For more than two decades, our India group researchers have produced technical and policy analyses for the power sector, appliances, industrial and buildings energy efficiency, sustainable cities and the transport sector (ies.lbl.gov/region/india). Our China group researchers study energy in China and work collaboratively with groups in China and elsewhere to understand dynamics that improve energy efficiency, strengthen Chinese capabilities, and enhance energy efficiency partnerships with Chinese, U.S., and international institutions (china.lbl.gov/).
In our electricity markets area, our mission is to inform public and private decision-making on public interest issues related to energy markets. Researchers conduct technical, economic, and policy analysis of energy topics centered on the U.S. electricity sector. Current research seeks to inform public and private decision-making on public interest issues related to energy efficiency and demand response, renewable energy, electricity resource and transmission planning, electricity reliability, and distributed generation resources (emp.lbl.gov/).
Our energy policy research covers a wide range of topics, from the development of policy strategies to encourage the deployment of renewable energy resources and end-use energy forecasting, to research on energy efficiency standards and codes, to electric system planning. Research is conducted by four of our groups: the China Energy Group (china.lbl.gov/), the Electricity Markets and Policy Group (emp.lbl.gov/), the Energy Efficiency Standards Group (efficiency.lbl.gov/), and the International Energy Studies Group (ies.lbl.gov/).
In the area of industrial energy use, our research synthesizes information on the performance of energy-efficient technologies and policies to provide policy makers with scientific input to support sustainable activities in the industrial sector (industrial-energy.lbl.gov/).
Our transportation research focuses on how vehicle technology and driving behavior affect emissions of urban air pollutants—and how vehicle technology, land-use patterns, and travel behavior affect transportation energy use and emissions of greenhouse gases, both domestically and globally (ies.lbl.gov/research-area/transportation).
Our water and energy technology research is focused on improving the efficiency of energy and water use in water delivery, supply, and treatment.