Benefits of Affiliation
An Energy-Environmental Network
Forum studies comprise 50-100 leading experts and advisors from many different institutes, companies, and agencies around the globe. This international network provides multiparty connections among providers of analyses and decision makers that create a valuable window for understanding how future energy and environmental events might influence corporate strategies and public policies. Organizations learn about what issues they should be addressing internally and which groups are doing the most innovative and useful work.
Improve Corporate Decisions
Most energy-producing and energy-using companies have made their biggest mistakes in defining their market environments too narrowly and not anticipating how future events could dramatically alter their strategic plans. Modeling and other structured frameworks will not allow organizations to "predict" the future but they will promote an awareness of which strategies appear more robust to alternative conditions. Many forum affiliates find that access to a range of different models is more productive and less expensive than supporting their own in-house model.
Improve Public Policy
Policy-evaluation frameworks influence public decisions in very pronounced ways. The Forum seeks to apply these methods to real and important problems and to improve their use by understanding their strengths as well as limitations. A major research university supports a non-partisan process that disseminates key findings broadly to important policy advisors and decision makers through reports, Congressional testimony, and participation by government staff in Forum activities.
Other benefits of affiliation include:
- invitation to the EMF Annual Conference, held on campus for affiliates, featuring Stanford energy experts and key working group members from the EMF studies;
- an exposure to specific concepts and findings applicable to in-house analysis and planning efforts;
- interaction between member Affiliates from energy and automobile companies, utilities, and government agencies and learning that they share many common prospects and problems;
- active participation with a broad-ranging set of contacts in the energy analysis and policy communities in the U.S. and abroad;
- closer professional interactions with Stanford faculty, staff and students conducting energy modeling and policy analysis;
- engagement with the Forum's staff and research results through advance copies of publications and papers; and
- feedback on assumptions used by the affiliates in their energy modeling and planning.
Our studies are supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration in addition to contributions from private companies and other organizations with a large stake in understanding key energy and environmental issues.
Financial support to the EMF is highly leveraged. Working group participants and modelers offer their services gratis because they find the process stimulating and very productive. Moreover, many government and research organizations orient their own research agenda around the analysis being done by an EMF working group. This process expands the total resources available for the study well beyond that supported by direct funding of the Forum.
Becoming an Affiliate
In order to maintain a high-quality program, the Forum is asking corporations who wish to become affiliate members to contribute $25,000 annually to the Energy Modeling Forum. Affiliate members represent a broad and diverse set of companies that produce fuels, electric power, or energy-using equipment. Some organizations that have participated in recent forums include:
- American Petroleum Institute
- Aramco Services Company
- British Petroleum
- CRIEPI (Japan)
- Electric Power Research Institute
- Electricité de France
- Environment Canada
- Mitre Corporation
- National Energy Board (Canada)
- Schlumberger (France)
- Southern Company Services
Please contact Dr. Hillard Huntington for more information about joining the affiliates program and participating EMF activities