Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Over the coming decades the world must make fundamental transformations in how energy is used and produced. That’s where we come in.

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University is focused on:

  • Using and delivering the energy we already have far more efficiently
  • Expanding the mix of energy sources in a way that is clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable
  • Creating innovations in energy technologies, regulations and policies

CMU is uniquely suited for these challenges with our many research centers and longstanding faculty expertise in technology, policy, integrated systems and behavioral science.

What makes us different is our ability to seamlessly combine these areas for maximum impact. Learn more about the institute »


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Are you REALLY saving the environment investing in a wind farm or solar power plant?

Carnegie Mellon University's Inês Azevedo summarizes a paper developed with fellow researchers Kyle Siler-Evans, M. Granger Morgan, and Jay Apt that explores regional and technological aspects of this question.

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Pennsylvania needs and can afford a shale gas severance tax

CMU Ph.D. candidates Parth Vaishnav and Nathaniel Horner with CMU's Lee G. Branstetter, professor of economics and public policy, explore how the Pennsylvania economy will react to a shale gas severance tax that imparts no damage to the natural-gas industry.

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