Shaping a Sustainable Energy Future
Since coal mining began in the Appalachian Mountains more than 200 years ago, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been an active participant in the energy economy. Today, the Commonwealth is one of the largest nuclear power producers in the nation, is the first state to have a wind-powered county, has one of the most ambitious commitments to the generation of solar power, and now finds itself with one of the largest shale gas plays in the US.
To realize a sustainable energy future – one in which the energy needs of today’s generations are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs – our energy production and use must be guided by the continued development of sustainable energy sources and technologies, improved energy storage mechanisms, and responsive smart-grid technologies that make electric power systems and networks more efficient and effective. Energy conservation gains promised by innovations in building and construction materials and smart building systems and infrastructure, as well as by important changes in consumer behavior, provide important means by which to reduce the environmental footprint of growing energy consumption worldwide.
Drexel University formed the AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE) to conduct research and scholarly activities that advance energy policies, systems, and technologies in the rapidly changing energy landscape of the 21st century. Serving as thought leaders, IExE faculty and students are committed to shaping a sustainable energy future for the benefit of current and future generations the world over. Born out of the ongoing energy renaissance, the IExE brings together individuals from the public sector, academia, industry and the environmental community, ensuring that all facets of multi-dimensional energy opportunities and challenges are explored.