Welcome to the Institute for Energy Studies

The Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University is a multi-college collaboration that offers interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees to address the science, technology, policy, business and economic aspects of energy systems. 

Welcome to Transitions and Summerstart students! We're offering an energy FIG (first year interest group) Fall quarter. Register for Cluster #14 Clean Energy Transition: Economics and Technology. Want more information about our program? Stop by and see us at the Info Fair!


Overview -- WWU Institute for Energy Studies-1

Craig Dunn - Affiliated Faculty

While economists despair of differentiating between needs and wants, choosing instead to focus on the more generic category of preferences…it could rather easily be argued that energy is essential to the very existence of all species, including ours. Energy de facto fulfills a fundamental need. So…to critically study energy capture/production/distribution/utilization is to equip oneself with an enduring perspective, with knowledge, with skills that are core to life itself—and that thereby make one highly marketable to boot!

Educating the leaders for our clean and efficient energy future through interdisciplinary studies and research.