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NREL establishes sustainable energy transition initiative

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has established a global institute dedicated to “analysing, speeding and smoothing the transition to sustainable energy worldwide.”

The Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) has been set up by NREL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, and Colorado State University.

The aim is to guide decisions on energy investment and policy – decisions made by policy makers, energy companies, investors and lawmakers around the world.

“The Institute will try to answer questions to enable a transition at significant speed and scale to achieve sustainability and avoid unintended impacts,” NREL Senior Scientist Doug Arent, Executive Director of the Institute, says.

“That question goes very much beyond technology. It involves the market structure, law, natural resource use, the impact on local and regional environments, and impacts on local economies and jobs.”

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