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MIT Energy Initiative

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) helps transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future and helps build a bridge to that future by improving today's energy systems. The four components of the MITEI program are energy research, education, campus energy management, and outreach activities. For information, visit


MITEI pairs MIT's research teams with industry members responsible for moving the products of this collaboration into the energy marketplace. The resulting enabling energy technologies have the potential to address multiple energy challenges; the delivery of energy products and services at scale; and the provision of energy products and services in highly complex policy, legal, and regulatory environments.


MITEI's education program develops cross-disciplinary learning opportunities and assists students with energy opportunities beyond the classroom, supporting students through a variety of programs:

The MITEI Education Office supports the Energy Education Task Force with energy curriculum development and establishing and communicating a model for interdisciplinary energy education at MIT.

For more information, contact Dr. Amanda C. Graham, director,, or visit

Campus Energy Activities

MITEI's campus energy program has continued to build on earlier progress making the campus a model living laboratory while seeking reductions in campus-wide energy use. Activities include energy system upgrades, student-run projects to reduce energy use and emissions, on-campus testing of specific innovative measures, a major study to look at all energy options, and web postings of guidelines for use by other universities and institutions. A recent major accomplishment was the establishment of MIT Efficiency Forward: a three-year, $13 million collaborative energy conservation and efficiency program with utility company NSTAR.

Drawing on faculty, staff, and students, the Campus Energy Task Force engages MIT energy experts, implements the newest approaches and technologies developed in their research, and builds on the expertise of MIT's administrative and operational resources to make MIT's campus a model of sustainability. Energy conservation programs, sustainable building design features, student competitions, increased community awareness and engagement, and unique campus energy learning opportunities are results of these collaborations.

For more information, visit the campus energy program website at For information on the campus energy program and its activities, contact Steven Lanou, deputy director for environmental sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety Headquarters Office,


MITEI supports a monthly lecture series in addition to several colloquia and seminars each year. The lecture series is designed to share current research from MIT and elsewhere, and is attended by students, faculty, and staff involved in energy research as well as by the local community. Colloquia bring together much larger and diverse MIT constituencies and feature more general-interest energy discussions following talks by prominent policy makers.

In addition, MITEI implemented the MITEI Associate Member Program Symposium Series focusing on bringing together groups of energy experts for formal discussion and analysis of timely and critical energy issues. Four symposiums have been held since the program was established in 2010.

The outreach group also publishes Energy Futures, a semi-annual magazine of energy research, education, and campus innovation at MIT.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Outreach activities include reports based on multi-stakeholder symposia and subsequent research and a program of interdisciplinary studies on the future of specific energy technologies, including nuclear power, coal, natural gas, solar energy, nuclear fuel cells, and the electric grid. In March 2012, the latest in the series of symposium reports, Managing Large-Scale Penetration of Intermittent Renewables, was released. The Future of... studies, aimed at informing leaders in government and industry, examine conditions that enable technology and policy choices in critical areas. The most recent of these studies addressed The Future of Natural Gas and The Future of the Electric Grid.


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