The transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to one that is more reliant on cleaner, renewable forms
of energy is one of the greatest technical and public policy challenges of our time. With increasing
frequency, IEc is being called upon to apply its expertise in policy and benefit-cost analysis to assist
state and federal agencies responsible for creating alternative energy and energy efficiency regulatory
programs that balance economic development and environmental protection.
An area of particular focus is the environmental and social implications of developing offshore
renewable energy resources (see also Marine Policy). Alternative energy and energy efficiency are also
prominent in our work supporting government efforts to promote the design and construction of "greener"
buildings (see also Green Development).