The University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics (UCE3) functions as a hub of research excellence in energy and environmental economics, providing resources to bring together outstanding scholars from all of the campuses of the University of California. Although UCE3 has a physical presence at UC Berkeley (UC Energy Institute) and UC Santa Barbara (Bren School), it is intended to serve as a catalyst for the entire UC System.
The Center focuses on four general research areas: Energy and Climate Policy, Energy Efficiency, Market-Based Environmental Regulations, and Behavioral Economics and the Environment.
The Center's activities are multifaceted with the underlying theme of fostering research and collaboration at all UC campuses in the area of energy and environmental economics. The Center provides resources to bring affiliated faculty and graduate students from different UC campuses to the two UCE3 locations for both short-term events and longer-term visits. UCE3 will host intensive collaborative research events, such as workshops and conferences and offer a working paper series for affiliated research. UCE3 will also provide opportunities for graduate students to benefit from the programs at the two host campuses.
The University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics was established in 2009 by the University of California Office of the President as one of the Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives.