Energy Justice as a foundation for international decision making was incubated by CEES. The 2009 Energy Justice Conference was keynoted by Dr. Kandeh Yumkella (Director General of UNIDO, and Chair of UN Energy). It brought together 45 speakers from around the world, and resulted in the first scholarly published volume on Energy Justice. This was followed in 2010 by the second Energy Justice Conference on Emerging Solutions for the Energy Poor: Technological, Entrepreneurial and Industrial Challenges.

In 2011 CEES launched the Partnership for the Relief of Energy Poverty (PREP).  CEES laid the foundations for PREP through the Womens Energy Justice Network and by engaging in basic research relevant to PREP.