The Global Energy Network is a project of the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Price School of Public Policy. However, the network will involve other schools on the campus, notably the Marshall School of Business.

The first goal of GEN is bring together academic disciplines with links to all elements of energy systems and issues including technology/engineering, business/economics/finance, and public policy. This goal would include efforts to expand the work of existing faculty and centers and not create a new entity. The Network is also dedicated to insuring that its work contributes to curriculum and work force development. It would provide an opportunity to promote more communication between different academic disciplines including engineering, public policy, business and economics on critical energy issues.

GEN’s goals also includes:

• A partnership between USC and member companies (MC)
• A consortium to assess and address long term issues and needs of energy and related industries
• A platform for energy leaders to interact with peers and top scholars in energy
• A catalyst to help innovation on energy
• A workforce development and training function to fulfill professional training needs in all levels and enhancing the USC curriculum.
• A Think Tank as “go to” place for information and analysis of energy related issues
• A portfolio of multi-disciplinary sponsored energy research programs