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A part of Washington & Jefferson College, the Center for Energy Policy and Management (CEPM) collaborates with students and faculty from inside the College as well as researchers, non-profit leaders, and public officials from outside the College to conduct original research on a host of energy issues. The CEPM is able to take on these projects with the generous funding and support of donors, foundations, and public and private organizations. 

The sections below highlight some of the CEPM’s current projects. 

The Shale Gas Knowledge Hub

The  Shale Gas Knowledge Hub is a project undertaken by the Washington & Jefferson College Center for Energy Policy and Management with the generous funding and support from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The mission of the Knowledge Hub is to be a source of reliable, impartial information about shale gas development in Pennsylvania.

The Knowledge Hub works to:

1) Identify critical and emerging issues pertaining to shale gas development in Pennsylvania, particularly in the southwestern region
2) Aggregate, analyze, and summarize data, information, and research related to shale gas development
3) Disseminate knowledge about shale gas development to members of the general public
4) Conduct training and outreach activities for local government officials and the public on issues related to shale resource development in their communities.

Learn more about shale gas development at www.shalehub.org

Municipal Resilience

The CEPM is committed to helping municipalities in Appalachia identify ways to become more resilient. This means the Center works with communities to identify and address their vulnerabilities in the areas of energy, the environment, the economy, water management, and demographic shifts. The CEPM conducts research on behalf of communities, conducts workshops and training sessions, and presents at conferences.

National, Regional, and State Energy Mixes

Assistant Director, Robert Dunn, Ph.D. and Research Associate, Leslie Dunn, Ph.D. have worked to develop the W&J Energy Index, a tool that allows users to quickly and easily identify historic and current trends in energy sourcing at the national, regional, and state levels. 

Currently, the CEPM is working to digitize and deploy the tool so that citizens, non-profit leaders, and government officials can more easily access the information.