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The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a non-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely information and develop innovative policy solutions that set us on a cleaner, more secure and sustainable energy path.
EESI educates policymakers, builds coalitions, and develops innovative policies to protect the climate and ensure a healthy, secure, and sustainable future for America. This work is accomplished through three main program areas: Energy and Climate, Sustainable Biomass and Energy, and Transportation and Communities.
Energy and Climate Program
EESI's Energy and Climate Program educates policymakers on science, technology and policy issues through Congressional briefings, the weekly Climate Change News, and policy analysis. It supports policy changes and strategies that will allow the United States and other countries to mitigate climate change, while also reaping the environmental, economic, national security and public health benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program
EESI’s strategy is to have biomass – substantively and politically – become part of any climate change mitigation strategy. Enormous opportunities exist for developing rural America’s clean energy resources, including bioenergy – the production of electricity, useable heat, liquid fuels and biobased products from biomass. The Sustainable Biomass and Energy Program works to develop policies and incentives that will help diversify feedstocks and appropriate technologies to build an environmentally sustainable bioenergy industry.
Transportation and Communities Program
Transportation accounts for more than 34 percent of carbon emissions and approximately 75 percent of all U.S. oil use, consuming more than 9 million barrels of oil per day. The Transportation and Communities Program works with a wide variety of transportation, energy, economic, and environmental interests to advance policies and programs at the federal and state level to address overlapping energy and climate challenges related to transportation and communities.