Aerial view of Lake Qianxia in China’s Zhejiang Province. Photo: Copyright Xinzheng / Getty Images.

CERC-WET aims to help the United States and China “thrive in a future with constrained energy and water resources.” It includes comparative studies on the water-energy nexus in Los Angeles, California and Beijing, China.

SEI works with the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of California, Peking University and the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research to inform the creation of climate-resilient infrastructure and policies. To this end, SEI uses Robust Decision Support, which helps stakeholders create a shared “mental model” of available opportunities and trade-offs.

In California, researchers are using SEI’s Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP) and Long range Energy Alternatives Planning tools to create an unprecedented model of the state’s interconnected water and energy systems. Using this model, SEI will help policy-makers explore climate solutions, develop public-facing tools, engage with stakeholders, and help agencies implement successful policies.