The Energy Policy platform of Iowa NSF EPSCoR established the Energy, Economics, and Engineering (E3) training program for the purpose of teaching economics and engineering faculty how to collaborate on problems relevant to energy policy.
The E3 training program bridged this gap by teaching economists and engineers about each other’s disciplines, helping them understand their different perspectives and approaches to research problems, and establishing collaborations in energy policy.
Energy Policy Seminars
The platform organized a series of energy policy seminars featuring invited speakers. These seminars were for the university audience and anyone else that wanted to attend.
Energy Policy Workshop Series
This monthly series of workshops was designed for the consumption of scholars and graduate students. The target was to improve communication and promote cross-disciplinary work between social scientists and engineers.
Energy Policy Briefings
The energy policy team also held energy policy briefings for public officials. On Nov. 12-13, 2013, the team held a biofuels briefing, “Through the Blend Wall or Not: Policy Options and Impacts,” in Washington, D.C.
The platform leader was Bruce Babcock, a professor of economics, Cargill Endowed Chair of Energy Economics for the Center of Agricultural and Rural Development, director of the Biobased Industry Center at Iowa State University.