The gift will fund programming at the center, which provides support for faculty research on topics ranging from carbon taxes to aviation policy; invites visiting scholars for weeklong residencies; hosts public lectures and panels with experts from academia and industry; and awards the annual Carnot Prize to a distinguished leader in energy policy. The center also awards a certificate in energy management and policy to students as well as grants in support of research, travel, and internships, including an opportunity to work as a summer fellow at the International Energy Agency in Paris.
Established in 2014 with a $10 million gift from Scott and Wendy Kleinman, the center is planning to expand its programming over the next couple of years.
The anonymous gift comes on the heels of a $50 million commitment made earlier this month by alumnus Roy Vagelos and his wife, Diana, in support of a new Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology.
"Outstanding faculty enable Penn to drive energy solutions," said Penn president Amy Gutmann. "In addition to supporting innovative programming, this gift will enable Penn to hire new faculty who specialize in energy policy. Through their scholarship, these faculty will influence today's critical energy policy decisions. Through their teaching, they will help develop tomorrow's energy policy leaders."'