Energy, Security & Environment

The Nautilus Institute’s Energy, Security & Environment Program analyzes the nexus of energy, security, and environmental issues in NORTHEAST ASIA. Based on this analysis policy initiatives are developed. The twin fields of “environmental security” and “energy security,” as applied in Northeast Asia, underlie much of the program’s work. The program was started in 1996.



East Asia Energy Futures Project
The East Asia Energy Futures Project is developing an analytic foundation and framework for understanding alternative energy futures in Northeast Asia. Go to Project Page.

Power Grid Interconnection in Northeast Asia The aim of the Grid Project was to provide a forum for the sharing of current research related to regional grid issues among experts from the region, as well as to create an opportunity to hear the perspectives from individual countries toward potential grid interconnections. The first workshop on power grid interconnection in Northeast Asia was held in May 2001. Go to Project Page.

DPRK Renewable Energy Project
The US-DPRK Village Wind Power Pilot Project is the first attempt by a US non-governmental organization to work side-by-side with North Koreans in cooperative energy development. The project installed seven wind turbine towers in a rural village on the west coast of North Korea. The wind energy provides clean, renewable energy to the village’s medical clinic, kindergarten, and households. The project is seen as a stepping stone from which North Korea can enter the international development community. Go to Project Page.

Energy, Security, and Environment in Northeast Asia (ESENA) Project
The ESENA Project was a three-year project, completed in December 1999 (see final report(html format)), that analyzed the intersection of energy, security, and environmental issues surrounding large-scale energy use in Northeast Asia with the purpose of developing recommendations for joint U.S.-Japanese policy initiatives in the region. Go to Project Page.

Pacific Asia Regional Energy Security (PARES) Project
The PARES Project is developing methodologies to analyze decision-making options related to energy security in the Pacific Asia region with the purpose of catalyzing widespread acceptance of a well-grounded and comprehensive concept of energy security that can become the basis for safe, secure, and sustainable energy policies in Northeast Asia. Go to Project Page.