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Climate and Energy Policy Program

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Wildfire Strategy

Webinar April 30 | A New Strategy for Addressing the Wildfire Epidemic in California

Providing insight to drive a fair and equitable transition to clean energy.

The Climate and Energy Policy Program (CEPP) operates at the interface of policy analysis, academic research and education, and stakeholder engagement. It serves as a practical, timely, and neutral voice focused on informing decision making on climate and energy law and regulation. Understanding the costs, trade-offs, and unintended consequences of various policy and regulatory options is critical for improving our climate future and building environmental justice and equity into our clean energy system. By collaborating with external partners in the government, private, and non-profit sectors, CEPP fosters interdisciplinary research in service of clean energy policy development, while also providing opportunities for students to directly engage with and solve real energy and climate policy problems. 

Focal Areas


Wildfire Risk and Response

Wildfires have devastated California and beyond in recent years and the situation is likely to get worse. The CEPP works directly with policymakers, government staff, and others to develop and understand policy initiatives aimed at addressing the causes, impacts, central industries, government resources, legal ramifications, and potential solutions concerning catastrophic wildfires in the American West.

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Building Decarbonization

Removing natural gas from new and retrofitted homes is a promising avenue for decarbonization. Analyzing different strategies to electrify buildings will be critical to understanding the costs of electrification and remaining natural gas systems in residential and commercial properties and the equity issues associated with these changes.

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Climate Financial Risk

Climate change and its associated impacts pose a serious threat to the financial system. Through development and use of modelling tools and policy analysis, the CEPP studies both the physical risks posed by climate change, such as more frequent and severe extreme events, and the risks associated with the transition to a low carbon economy stemming from new polices and regulations, such as the impact of a carbon tax on certain industries, impacting the financial sector.

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Climate Policy Impact Assessment

While setting ambitious targets for reducing emissions is important for combatting climate change, successfully implementing climate and energy policies to actually meet those targets is both critical and difficult. The CEPP looks at real world examples of successful and unsuccessful policies to better understand progress to date. Measuring the impact of policies and outcomes allows us to reflect on lessons learned and gain insight into future mitigation and adaption strategies.

Climate Modeling & Regulatory Analysis

The reliance of government regulators and policymakers on climate and energy system modeling to make decisions about future policies and goals has only gotten more pronounced in recent years. The CEPP takes a deep look these modeling efforts and how they inform policy. In addition, it aims to provide evidence-based, rapid, transparent, real-time analysis of policies under consideration that will impact industries and often the most vulnerable people.

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Environmental Justice

The CEPP is dedicated to building environmental justice and equity into the clean energy transition. Through legal and policy outreach, the program strives to empower diverse audiences to advocate for themselves in legal, regulatory and government settings and to empower actors who have historically suffered from structural racism in the energy system.

Our Team

Michael Wara

Director, Climate and Energy Policy Program and Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Michael Mastrandrea

Research Director, Climate and Energy Policy Program and Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Resources & Opportunities

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Stanford undergraduate and graduate students can explore courses and educational opportunities offered by CEPP and related partners.

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Read white papers, reports and other publications from CEPP and our partners.

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The CEPP partners and collaborates with a number of entities across sectors on critical climate and energy policy issues.

Related News

April 15, 2021 | Vox
Michael Wara comments on California Gov. Gavin Newsom's new announcement about funding to help the state manage wildfires.
April 8, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Michael Wara disucsses the importance of treating California wildfires as an emergency and why funding for prevention plans is justified.
It wipes out entire communities in a matter of moments, weakens our lungs and even taints our drinking water, yet federal strategy to combat wildfires remains outdated and largely ineffective. The...
March 22, 2021 | San Francisco Chronicle
Michael Wara discusses how to provide a broad benefit to many communities in California to make them safer by putting fire protection and earthquake seismic safety in the same bills.
March 13, 2021 | Bloomberg
Michael Wara comments on the costs of climate change today.
February 24, 2021 | The Press-Enterprise
Michael Wara comments on the possibility of customers in high-risk wildfire areas paying more for electricity.