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About ERG

ERG is a col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nity of grad­u­ate stu­dents, core fac­ulty, nearly 200 affil­i­ated fac­ulty and researchers across the cam­pus, and over 600 alumni across the globe. Our stu­dents work­ across ... Continue Reading »

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Who We Are

A Brief History of ERG For thirty years, the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California, Berkeley has provided its outstanding graduate students and exceptional faculty the ... Continue Reading »

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Financing Your Education

COST OF ATTENDANCE Please see the UC Berkeley Registrar’ Fee Schedule for the current cost of attendance in UC Berkeley graduate academic programs. ERG is an academic program and does ... Continue Reading »

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Contact

345 Giannini HallUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley, CA 94720-3050 Phone: (510) 642-1640Fax: (510) 642-1085 Email: ergdeskb@berkeley.edu

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Programs

The information below is a directory of ERG programs. Please read through and contact us at erggrad@berkeley.edu for graduate program questions and ergdeskb@berkleey.edu for all other questions.   

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Publications

“Biodiversity Scales from Plots to Biomes With a Universal Species-Area Curve” John Harte, Adam B. Smith, and David Storch“Carbon Cycle Uncertainty Increases Climate Change Risks and Mitigation Challenges” Paul A. ... Continue Reading »

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Harte Lab: Ecology & Global Change

Harte Lab: Ecology & Global Change

Ecology and global change are the primary topics of research in the Harte Lab. Among the goals are: to characterize ecological feedbacks to climate change, to predict effects of global change on biodiversity, and to develop fundamental theory that predicts the structure of ecosystems across spatial scales.

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Faculty by Primary Interest

Areas of Interest Climate ChangeEcologyEnergyGovernanceWaterInternational Climate Change ERG CORE David Anthoff David Anthoff is an environmental economist who studies climate change and environmental policy. He co-develops the integrated assessment model ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Admissions FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) we receive and their answers. If you don’t find what you need on this page, please email us at erggrad@berkeley.edu.

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Sustainability Summer Minor and Certificate

Students complete courses in: To receive updates on the Sustainability Minor/Certificate program, please complete the Energy and Resources Group email list sign-up form. View our June 2, 2020 online information ... Continue Reading »

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Minor/Certificate in Sustainability — Courses

Summer 2022 Curriculum ERG’s minor and certificate require a minimum of five courses and 15 total units of coursework, typically completed over two summers (or for a UC Berkeley student, ... Continue Reading »

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Summer Instructors

The Energy and Resources Group summer instructors understand the complex and interdisciplinary nature of sustainability. All have significant experience teaching and/or professional experience in the subject areas of their courses. ... Continue Reading »

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Equity Diversity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at ERG Equity and inclusion are at the heart of our mission to provide education and research for a sustainable and just society. We aspire ... Continue Reading »

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Faculty Recruitment

The University of California, Berkeley seeks applicants for four tenure track (assistant professor) positions and one tenured (associate or full professor) position in the area of “Climate Equity and Environmental ... Continue Reading »

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Sustainability Minor/Certificate FAQs

    Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning Minor vs. Certificate? Enrollment and Course Logistics UC Berkeley Graduating Seniors Financial Aid & Scholarships Housing High School Students Career Applicability Synchronous vs. Asynchronous ... Continue Reading »

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Statement on Social Justice and Solidarity with Peaceful Protesters

ERG faculty and staff released the following statement May 31: “All of us at the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California, Berkeley, mourn the tragic loss ... Continue Reading »

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Affiliated Faculty

ERG has a small core faculty but a much larger group of affiliated faculty. Affiliated faculty are based in other departments on campus or at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ... Continue Reading »

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Faculty (4 results)

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Anthoff, David

David Anthoff

Assistant Professor

David Anthoff is an environmental economist who studies climate change and environmental policy. He co-develops the integrated assessment model FUND that is used widely in academic research and in policy analysis.

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Koshland, Catherine

Catherine Koshland

Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), Professor

Dr. Koshland’s research is at the intersection of energy, air pollution and environmental (human) health emphasizing mechanistic approaches as well as a systems perspective. It is conducted at multiple scales, from mechanistic analyses of combustion products in flow reactors to control strategies in urban airsheds to studies of human health.

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Kammen, Daniel M.

Daniel M. Kammen

Professor

Daniel Kam­men is the Class of 1935 Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Energy with appoint­ments in the Energy and Resources Group, The Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­icy, and the Depart­ment of Nuclear Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.

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Harte, John

John Harte

Professor

John Harte is a physicist turned ecologist. His research interests span ecological field research, the theory of complex systems, and policy analysis. Current interests include applying insights from information theory to the analysis of complex ecosystems and empirical investigation of climate-ecosystem feedback dynamics.

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Students (25 results)

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Sparti, Chelsi

Chelsi Sparti

MS

Chelsi is a Master’s student in the Energy and Resources Group. She researches resilience strategies and governance of power systems. Specifically, how government disaster recovery funds are handled in response ... Continue Reading »

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Andresen, Ryan

Ryan Andresen

MS

Pronouns: he/they Ryan is interested in measuring the impacts of wildfire mitigation policies in vulnerable communities across California. He is particularly interested in researching a holistic framework that incorporates the ... Continue Reading »

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Van Dyke, Catherine

Catherine Van Dyke

MA

Catherine is a first year Master’s student at ERG studying agriculture and climate change. Her research focuses on water, resource allocation, and equity for farmers and ranchers in California. Prior ... Continue Reading »

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Cullen, Kate

Kate Cullen

PhD

Kate’s PhD research examines the role of climate change in exacerbating water stress and food insecurity in urbanized and highly irrigated basins in the Andes mountains. Her research builds upon ... Continue Reading »

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Jones, Nia

Nia Jones

MS

A native of the nation’s Capitol, Washington, D.C., Nia was born into the city that handles the nation’s and World’s biggest problems. This influenced Nia to get involved at an ... Continue Reading »

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Oshun, Molly

Molly Oshun

MS

Molly studies California watersheds. Her research investigates strategies to improve forest health, protect biodiversity, and nurture human relationship to the ecologies that sustain life under climate change. In particular, Molly ... Continue Reading »

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Mohanty, Priyanka

Priyanka Mohanty

MS

Priyanka is a second-year Masters of Science Student with the Energy and Resources Group. At ERG, she works on a variety of issues including the identification and quantification of the ... Continue Reading »

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Gill-Wiehl, Annelise

Annelise Gill-Wiehl

MS, PhD

Annelise Gill-Wiehl is currently an NSF Graduate Student Researcher and an MS/Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, co-advised by Dr. Dan Kammen ... Continue Reading »

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Munnings, Clayton

Clayton Munnings

MS, PhD

Clayton’s research focuses on design evaluations and performance assessments of carbon offsets, carbon prices, and clean electricity standards with a geographic emphasis on the United States and China. He founded ... Continue Reading »

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Akinsipe, Gbemisola

Gbemisola Akinsipe

MS, PhD

Gbemi is a MS/PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group. Her primary research revolves around electricity systems planning and markets in Nigeria and West Africa with a focus on ... Continue Reading »

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Kersey, Jess

Jess Kersey

MS

Jess Kersey is a second-year master’s student with the University of California Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group. She is broadly interested in decentralized and innovative energy technologies for energy access ... Continue Reading »

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Rempel, Jenny

Jenny Rempel

MS, PhD

Surfacing Overlying Rights: Assessing Transitions in Overlying Rights to California’s Groundwater Basins (MS ’20) Jenny grew up in Fresno, California, and graduated from Stanford University with an interdisciplinary environmental science ... Continue Reading »

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Fransen, Taryn

Taryn Fransen

PhD

Taryn Fransen is a PhD student with the Energy and Resources Group and a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute. Her research interests center on the design and implementation ... Continue Reading »

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Ella Belfer

MA

Assessing Transitions in Overlying Rights to California’s Groundwater Basins (MA ’20) An interest in the human dimensions of climate change – in particular, in understanding the dynamics of power and ... Continue Reading »

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Hall, Anaya

Anaya Hall

MS, PhD

Modeling Organic Waste Management for Soil Carbon Sequestration in California (MS ’19) Anaya is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining ... Continue Reading »

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Depsky, Nicholas

Nicholas Depsky

MS, PhD

Drought in Central America: Past Patterns and Future Projections (MS ’19) Nick’s primary research focus is on the impacts of climate change on human migration and displacement. Specific focus areas ... Continue Reading »

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Chang, Jack

Jack Chang

MA, MPP

Hydrogen’s Potential Role is California’s Zero Emissions Future (MA ’20) I have been focusing on building decarbonization policy, renewable hydrogen and and island electrification as part of my master’s degrees ... Continue Reading »

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Elmallah, Salma

Salma Elmallah

MS, PhD

Characterizing Fairness, Transparency, and Openness in US Wind Project Planning (MS ’19) Salma’s background is in engineering, and she’s used her time at ERG to both extend her technical knowledge ... Continue Reading »

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Cabiyo, Bodie

Bodie Cabiyo

MA, PhD

Bodie uses interdisciplinary approaches to investigate nature-based solutions to climate change. He currently studies how policy and innovative technology can enable carbon-beneficial forest management. This work bridges industrial ecology, forest ... Continue Reading »

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Ferrall, Isa

Isa Ferrall

MS, PhD

Decentralized solar energy systems for electricity access: historical context and comparisons of reliability (MS ’18) Isa is a MS/PhD Candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of ... Continue Reading »

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Best, Dennis

Dennis Best

MS, PhD

Dennis has focused his career on technology and sustainability policy in emerging and developing economies. His research interests include technology and innovation policy and impacts to resource and rural development, ... Continue Reading »

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Lazarus, Eli

Eli Lazarus

MS, PhD

Eli is an Ecological Economist working on comprehensive welfare measurement, tracking, and optimization. His research investigates and contributes to filling the gap between market optimization/welfare and broader social welfare. Recent ... Continue Reading »

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Brockway, Anna

Anna Brockway

MS, PhD

Anna Brockway is a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley. She holds master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Energy & Resources. Anna studies how our ... Continue Reading »

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Lara, José Daniel

José Daniel Lara

MS, PhD

Jose Daniel was born in San José Costa Rica, received his B.Sc. and Licentiate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica in 2009 and 2012 respectively, his M.Sc. ... Continue Reading »

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Vásquez, Váleri

Váleri Vásquez

MS, PhD

Váleri Vásquez is a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group with a Designated Emphasis in Computational Data Science and Engineering. Váleri conducts most of her work in the ... Continue Reading »

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Alumni (120 results)

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Hansen, Evan

Evan Hansen

MS

Cultivating Partnerships: Pest Control and The Use of Integrated Pest Management on Small Farms in San Joaquin County, California (MS ’97) Contact: ehansen@downstreamstrategies.com ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: What have you been working ... Continue Reading »

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James, Oliver

Oliver James

MPP, MS

Oliver is a concurrent ERG/MPP student at UC Berkeley. His research and policy interests lie at the intersection of climate change, conservation, and natural resource management in California and the ... Continue Reading »

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Bhatnagar, Dipti

Dipti Bhatnagar

MS

Dipti got her Masters at ERG in 2008. Since then, she went back to India working with communities displaced by dams. She also fought for water justice in California, working ... Continue Reading »

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Sims, Michelle

Michelle Sims

MS

At ERG, Michelle is interested in environmental and equity challenges within global food systems. In particular, her research focuses on the dynamics of land use change in agricultural landscapes in ... Continue Reading »

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Miller, Christian

Christian Miller

MPP, MS

Measuring California’s Energy Service Affordability (MS ’19) Christian is fascinated by energy end-uses’ effect on communities’ economic and political well-being. While his formal scientific background is in biorenewable resources, his ... Continue Reading »

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Levinson, Michelle

Michelle Levinson

MA, MPP

Harnessing Financial Motivation to Drive Transportation Electrification: a Resource for Electric Utility Regulators (MA ’19) Michelle is a concurrent degree student at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the ... Continue Reading »

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Dolginow, Alex

Alex Dolginow

MA, MS

Valuing Co-benefits of California’s Climate Policy: Industrial Facilities and Public Health (MA ’18) Alex Dolginow is a Master’s degree candidate interested in understanding appropriate design and conditions for ‘environmental markets,’ ... Continue Reading »

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Tome, Emma

Emma Tome

MS

Who Governs a Sustainable Neighborhood? Planning a Community-scale Retrofit in Oakland, California (MS ’18) Emma’s interests are at the intersection of climate change adaptation, environmental justice, and science and technology ... Continue Reading »

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Rand, Joseph

Joseph Rand

MS

Environmental, Economic, and Social Trade-Offs of Hydropower Relicensing (MS ’16) Joseph is interested in the social, environmental, and economic trade-offs in energy development, and in particular the social conflicts arising ... Continue Reading »

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Castro, Felipe

Felipe Castro

PhD

On Rate Regulation in Modern Electricity Sectors (PhD ’17) Felipe was a Ph.D. Candidate with ERG. His research seeks to improve the understanding and organization of energy systems, leveraging methods, ... Continue Reading »

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Moreno, Laura

Laura Moreno

MS, PhD

Everyday Transformations of Food to Waste: What and Why Food is Discarded in U.S. Households (PhD ’19) From digging through trash to looking inside of people’s refrigerators, Laura researches household-level ... Continue Reading »

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Shaw, Britt

Britt Shaw

MS

At ERG, I am exploring the barriers to renewable projects that are stalled or abandoned in emerging markets and potential solutions. By striving to answer that question, I hope to help move electricity sector development forward — especially in East Africa.

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Orford, Adam

Adam Orford

MA, MPP, PhD

Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Assessment in California’s Electric Power Sector (MA ’18) Adam Orford is a Ph.D. candidate at U.C. Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group (ERG). He is currently ... Continue Reading »

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Knapstein, Jessie

Jessie Knapstein

MPP, MS

Energy policy wonk trying to craft and institute economically efficient policy to promote the use of renewable energy technologies and reduce our emissions.

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Hidalgo-Gonzalez, Patricia

Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez

MS, PhD

Learning and Control Systems for the Integration of Renewable Energy into Grids of the Future (PhD ’20) Patricia is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley co-advised by Daniel Kammen and ... Continue Reading »

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Bolliger, Ian

Ian Bolliger

MS, PhD

Monitoring and Projecting the Impacts of Climate Change with Emerging Environmental Datasets and Machine Learning (PhD ’20) Ian works to provide decision-makers with quantitative, high-resolution projections of the socioeconomic impacts ... Continue Reading »

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Marshall, Adrienne

Adrienne Marshall

MS

Adrienne works on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the public and private forests and wild lands of California. She is interested in understanding how the natural resources in these ... Continue Reading »

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Otlhogile, Monkgogi

Monkgogi Otlhogile

MA

Monkgogi (who goes by MK) was born and raised in Botswana and recently graduated cum laude with her BA from Scripps College in Environment, Economics, and Politics. Personally, MK has ... Continue Reading »

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Han Springer, Cecilia

Cecilia Han Springer

MS, PhD

Policies for an Ecological Civilization: China, Carbon, and Economic Reform (PhD ’19) Cecilia is a PhD candidate at ERG. Her dissertation uses economic modeling and social science to critically analyze ... Continue Reading »

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Golden, Rachel

Rachel Golden

MPP, MS

Achieving Long-term Climate Goals in the US: Unlocking the Potential of High-Efficiency Electric Technology in Our Homes and Buildings (MS/MPP ’16) Rachel is interested in advancing policies that can help ... Continue Reading »

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Siegner, Alana

Alana Siegner

MA, PhD

Growing Environmental Literacy: On Small-Scale Farms, in the Urban Agroecosystem, and in School Garden Classrooms (PhD ’20) Alana Siegner graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a double major in ... Continue Reading »

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Neil Ziemba

MS

Management of a Contaminated Groundwater Basin in California’s San Gabriel Valley (’88 M.S.)

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David Yardas

MS

Regional Hydrologic Interdependence and Electric  Power System Planning: The Pacific Northwest, California, and the Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie (’84 M.S.)

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Janice Wright

MS

Supply Curves of Conserved Energy for California’s Residential Sector (’80 M.S.)

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Williams, Jim

Jim Williams

MS, PhD

M.S. 1986 – A Vehicular Power Plant Application of the Monolithic Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Ph.D. 1995 – Fan-Lizhi’s Big Bang: Science and Politics in Mao’s China ERG alumnus Jim Williams, now ... Continue Reading »

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Robert Weisenmiller

MS

Electricity Consumption in California for Residential Heating and Cooling (’77 M.S.)

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Dina Washburn

MA

Competing in the California Power Market: Bonneville’s Struggle to Overcome the Barriers (’86 M.A.)

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Susan Valentine

MS

Kern County, California–A Potential Contributor to Acid Deposition (’83 MS)

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Alyce Ujihara

MA

Transfer of State-Owned Energy Resources in California (’87 M.A.)

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Brian Turner

MS

E85, Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and AB 1493: Integrating biofuels into California’s vehicular greenhouse gas regulations (06 MS)

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Margaret Torn

MS, PhD

The Threats to Biological Diversity in California (’90 MS) Environmental Controls Over Methane Flux from Ecosystems and the Potential for Feedbacks with Climatic Change (’94 PhD) See Faculty Profile

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Kathy Tonnessen

MA, PhD

Integrated Assessment of Environmental Impacts: A Regulatory Approach to the Problem (’79 MA) The Potential Effects of Acid Deposition on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada, California (’83 PhD)

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Michael Ting

MS

The Silver Bullet with Brown Baggage? Scenarios of the Emissions Impacts of Demand Response in California (05 MS)

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Zachary Subin

MS, PhD

Greenhouse Gas Abatement Supply Curves for California’s Transportation Sector (MS ’08) Interactions of Water and Energy Mediate Responses of High Latitude Terrestrial Ecosystems to Climate Change (PhD ’12)

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Thomas Starrs

MA, PhD

Legislative Incentives and Energy Technologies: Government’s Role in the Development of the California Wind Energy Industry (’87 M.A.) Regulating Innovation and Competition in Emerging Technology Markets: The Effects of Utility ... Continue Reading »

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Anne Short

MS, PhD

Understanding Urban Food Access (’05 MS) Governing Change: An Institutional Geography of Rural Land Use, Environmental Management, and Change in the North Coastal Basin of California (’10 PhD)

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Suzie Shin

MS

An Empirical Assessment of the California Utilities’ Energy Efficiency Programs (’09 MS)

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Michael Shepard

MS

Straw into Gold: The Promise of Anaerobic Digesters on California Dairy Farms (’85 MS)

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John Ross

MS

Creating a Smooth Pathway From Innovation to Commercialization within the California Public Interest Energy Research Program (’01 M.S.) Research Interests: Performance of policy and technical analyses to increase awareness of ... Continue Reading »

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Richard Plevin

MS, PhD

California Policy Should Distinguish Biofuels by Differential Global Warming Effects (’06 MS) Life Cycle Regulation of Transportation Fuels: Uncertainty and its Policy Implications (’10 PhD)

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William Pease

MS

Environmental Pollution and Cancer in California: Evaluating the Significance of Risks under Proposition 65 (’88 M.S.)

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Hazel Onsrud

MS

Reducing GHG Emissions through Municipal Action: Designing a Decision Support Tool for Californian Communities (’11 MS)

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Gregory Nemet

MA, PhD

Can Policy Stimulate Innovation in Low–Carbon Energy Technologies? The Case of Wind Power in California, 1975 through 2001 (04 MA) Policy and Innovation in Low-Carbon Energy Technologies (07 PhD)

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Anita Milman

MA, PhD

Environmental Justice? An Analysis of Air Pollution and Power Plants in California (’04 MA) Bordering on Water Management: Ground and Wastewater in the United States-Mexico Transboundary Santa Cruz Basin (’09 ... Continue Reading »

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Harvey Michaels

MS, PhD

The Determination of Hydrogen Ion in Precipitation and Dilute Surface Waters by Means of H+-Selective Glass Electrodes (’83 MS) The Role of Sediments in Generating Alkalinity in Three Subalpine, Low-Alkalinity ... Continue Reading »

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Marcus, David

David Marcus

MA

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT This ERG alumni spotlight features one of the first ERG graduate students, David Marcus (MA’77), and is written by ERG alumna, Sarita Sarvate (MS’78). The piece is the first ... Continue Reading »

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Amardip Mann

MA

The Economic Costs and Potential of Increased Water-Use Efficiency in California’s Residential Sector (’02 M.A.)

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Penn Loh

MS

(De)Constructing the California Water Plan: Science, Politics and Sustainability (’94 M.S.)

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Lily Lee

MS

Air Pollution and Social Justice in California (’91 M.S.)

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Micah Lang

MA

Point-of-Use Ultraviolet Water Disinfections: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Safe Water for Rural Households of Baja California Sur, Mexico (’07 MA)

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Ronald Kukulka

MS

Industrial Cogeneration in the California Food Processing Industry: An Analysis of the Potential and Barriers (’77 M.S.)

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Peter Kuhn

MS

Preliminary Report on an Inventory of Energy Conservation Potential in California: The Cement Industry (MS ’79)

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Laurie Koteen

PhD

A Comparison of Carbon Cycling in Native Perennial and Exotic Annual Grass Communities in Northern Coastal California (’09 PhD)

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Michael Kiparsky

MS, PhD

Science-Policy Interface in the Case of Climate Change and California Water Management (MS ’04) A Risk Analysis for Water Resources Under Climate Change, Population Growth and Land Use Change (PhD, ... Continue Reading »

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Amber Kerr

PhD

Drought resilience of maize-legume agroforestry systems in Malawi (PhD ’12) Amber Kerr is an agricultural ecologist focusing on climate change impacts and adaptation. She has studied nutrient cycling in California ... Continue Reading »

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Forest Kaser

MS

Point-of-Use Ultraviolet Water Disinfection: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Safe Water for Rural Households of Baja California Sur, Mexico (’07 MS)

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Sara Kamins

MS

A Comparative Analysis of Global Warming Policies for California’s Electricity Sector (06, MS)

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Ling Jin

MS, PhD

Trade and the Choice of Environmental Law (’03 MS) A Seasonal Perspective on Regional Air Quality in Central California (’08 PhD)

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Garvin Heath

MS, PhD

(Re)Distributing Pollution: Exposure Implications for Distributed Electricity Generation in California (’02 MS) Redistributing Pollution: Exposure Implications of a Shift Toward Distributed Electricity Generation in California (’06 PhD)

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Dianne Hawk

MA, PhD

Electric Transmission Service Provision: A Case Study of Southern California Edison Company (’91 M.A.) Disconnect: A Transaction Cost Analysis of California Electric Power Industry Restructuring (’99 Ph.D.)

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Brent Haddad

PhD

Evaluating the Market Niche: Why Long-Term Rural-to-Urban Inter-Regional Markets for Water Have Not Formed in California (’96 Ph.D.)

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Gunther, Andrew

Andrew Gunther

MS, PhD

An Introduction to the SAI Airshed Grid Model and Its Application to California’s South Coast Air Basin (’82 M.S.) Nitrogen Cycling in a Subarctic Alaskan Watershed: The Role of Lichens ... Continue Reading »

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William Golove

MA, PhD

Measuring Energy Efficiency: A Critique of the Energy-GNP Ratio (95 MA) Avant Le Deluge: An Investigation on Some Neglected Dimensions of Electricity Restructuring in California (’06 PhD)

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Rebecca Ghanadan

MA, PhD

Questioning Inevitability of Energy Pathways: Alternate Energy Scenarios for California (’02 MA) Public Service or Commodity Goods? Electricity Reforms, Access, and the Politics of Development in Tanzania (’08 PhD)

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Matthias Fripp

MS, PhD

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: The metastable defect in boron-doped czochralski silicon (’03 MS) Optimal Investment in Wind and Solar Power in California (’08 PhD)

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Jolanka Fisher

MS

Trends in Electricity Consumption, Peak Demand, and Generating Capacity in California and the Western Grid 1977-2000 (’02 MS)

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Michael Ferry

MS

A Renewable Energy in Vehicles (REV) Mandate: Establishing a Zero Carbon Energy Standard for California Automobiles (MS ’08)

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Kostas Despotakis

PhD

A Computable General Equilibrium Model of Energy in the California Economy (’84 Ph.D.)

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Lynn Danielson

MA

California Building Energy Standards: A Local Perspective (81 MA)

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Eric Cutter

MS

Getting Serious About Water Wheeling in California: Learning from the Experience of the Natural Gas and Electric Industries (01 MS) Research Interests: Removing impediments to water markets and transfers in ... Continue Reading »

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Andrew Cohen

MS, PhD

New Justifications for Traditional Types of Water Projects (With an Analysis of the New San Clemente Project Proposal for the Carmel River, Monterey County, California (89 MS) Biological Invasion in ... Continue Reading »

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Christopher Cataldo

MS

The Sagebrush Rebellion in California and the West: An Analysis of a Red Herring (’84, MS)

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Cristina Castanha

PhD

Soil Organic Matter Storage and Turnover Along Granite and Basalt Climate Transects in California Uplands (04 PhD)

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Kristin Brainerd

MS

Understanding California Water Markets: A Look at Transfers from 2000 to 2009 (’11 MS)

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Barbara Barkovich

PhD

Changing Strategies in Utility Regulation: The Case of Energy Conservation in California (87 PhD)

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Carolina Balazs

MS, PhD

The Role of Small Reservoirs in Rural Livelihoods: A Study in Brazil’s Preto River Basin (MS ’06) Just Water? Social Disparities and Drinking Water Quality in California’s San Joaquin Valley ... Continue Reading »

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Devra Bachrach

MA

Comparing The Risk Profiles of Renewable and Natural Gas Electricity Contracts: A Summary of the California Department of Water Resources Contracts (’02 MA)

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Taj-Eddine Ait-Laoussine

MS

The Strategic Value of Load Management in Competitive Electricity Markets: The Case of California (’99 MS)

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Zenkin, Svetlana

Svetlana Zenkin

MS

Challenges and Opportunities for Corporate Fleet Transitions to Lower-Carbon Fuels (MS ’14) Svetlana is interested in the intersection of public policy and corporate social responsibility, as well as in the ... Continue Reading »

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Wu, Grace

Grace Wu

MS, PhD

Land Use in Renewable Energy Planning (PhD ’18) Inspired by the possibility of ecologically-bounded growth, Grace is interested in water and land use impacts of energy technologies; water management that ... Continue Reading »

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Witt, Maggie

Maggie Witt

MS

Maggie’s research focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of transportation by decreasing both the amount that people drive and the per-mile emissions of personal vehicles. Her work focuses on California’s ... Continue Reading »

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Testa, Monica

Monica Testa

MA

Monica obtained her Masters in 2015 from the Energy and Resources Group. She is interested in electric vehicle adoption, alternative energy policy, and sustainable energy development. Her research involves modeling ... Continue Reading »

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Sifuentes, Froy

Froy Sifuentes

MS, PhD

The world is witnessing a rapid advance in renewable energy with China as one in the forefront. However, adding enough renewable energy to satisfy China's growing power needs is quite complex. ERG Ph.D. candidate, Froy Sifuentes, focuses on the challenges of integrating wind power to help make China's grid cleaner. Read on and learn more about Froy and his work (and fun) at ERG.

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Shirley, Rebekah

Rebekah Shirley

MS, PhD

Rebekah Shirley believes that there is more than one path to a bright, energy secure future. Developing nations strive to connect more and more of their communities to energy. Many have emulated the fossil fuel intensive model of developed nations, but Rebekah believes that this is not necessarily the only way.

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Sheikh, Imran

Imran Sheikh

MS, PhD

Decarbonizing Residential Space and Water Heating in California (PhD ’17) Imran Sheikh is interested in creating business-led solutions to environmental problems, with a particular focus on energy efficiency. His current research ... Continue Reading »

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Sanchez, Daniel

Daniel Sanchez

MS, PhD

Daniel L. Sanchez holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Energy and Resources. He is interested in quantitative analysis to inform public policy, focusing on bioenergy and climate policy. His past research focused on design, deployment, and commercialization of bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS) technologies. Daniel has previously held positions with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Green for All, and the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Reygadas, Fermin

Fermin Reygadas

MS, PhD

Point-of-Use Ultraviolet Water Disinfection: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Safe Water for Rural Households of Baja California Sur, Mexico (MS ’07) From Efficacy to Sustained Use. A Comprehensive Evaluation of an Ultraviolet ... Continue Reading »

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Puzey, David

David Puzey

MA

The Implications of Time-of-Use (TOU) Electricity Rates Upon California’s Grid Load, GHG Emissions, Costs, and Potential for the Electric Space Heating and PEV Market (MA ’14)

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Nelson, James

James Nelson

PhD

Scenarios for Deep Carbon Emission Reductions from Electricity by 2050 in Western North America Using the SWITCH Electric Power Sector Planning Model (PhD ’14) Jimmy Nelson is a graduating Ph.D. ... Continue Reading »

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Levy, Morgan

Morgan Levy

MS, PhD

Morgan’s research focuses on hydrology and water resources, the effects of land use and climate change on human health and the environment, human-environmental system dynamics, and environmental data science. Her ... Continue Reading »

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Koppe, Alison

Alison Koppe

JD, MS

Reduce, Reuse, Regulate: Repurposing the Clean Air Act to Limit Power Plants’ Carbon Emissions (MS ’14) Alison will graduate in Spring 2014 with an ERG M.S. and a J.D. from ... Continue Reading »

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Jones, Christopher

Christopher Jones

MS, PhD

Chris Jones is Director of the CoolClimate Network, a university-government-industry partnership at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lecturer at the Haas School of Business. His primary research interests are ... Continue Reading »

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Hyun, Christopher

Christopher Hyun

MA, PhD

With 10+ years of international field experience, 5+ in water and sanitation, as well as project management and professional development in higher ed, I aim to create a better society and environment for all.

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Harris-Lovett,Sasha

Sasha Harris-Lovett

MS, PhD

Decision Support for Multi-benefit Urban Water Infrastructure (PhD ’18) Sasha Harris-Lovett received a PhD from the Energy and Resources Group in 2018. Her dissertation research focused on urban water and ... Continue Reading »

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Fulton, Julian

Julian Fulton

PhD

Julian’s interests lie in the relationships between water use and economic development, focusing on modeling and governance. Mr. Fulton’s previous research includes water use in the transportation sector, conservation strategies ... Continue Reading »

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Cushing, Lara

Lara Cushing

MA, MPH, PhD

Lara is interested in the relationship between social inequalities and the environment, including how environmental and social stressors interact to impact health. Her work seeks to better understand the disproportionate ... Continue Reading »

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Cohen, Michael

Michael Cohen

MS, PhD

Michael Cohen puts the power and complexity of the grid into students' hands via a video game. We asked Michael about his innovative project and his unique experience at ERG. "In addition to developing the game itself, I am working with teachers at local high schools to develop curriculum around it and try it out with their students this year. I hope to not only create a solid educational product but also gain some insights into how technology can be used to support learning about complex systems in general."

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Christianson, Danielle Svehla

Danielle Svehla Christianson

MS, PhD

At times the problem of understanding phenomena is one of seeing. That is why Danielle explores new ways of demystifying complexity through visual representation. She seeks new techniques to illustrate often-forgotten, yet fundamental dependencies between human society and the natural world. One such technique is terrestrial laser scanning (also known as LIDAR), which she used to create a 3-D model of her ecological study site in the Sierra Nevada. This along with her seedling research seeks to inform the uncertain future of resource management.

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Borgeson, Sam

Sam Borgeson

MA, PhD

Targeted Efficiency: Using Customer Meter Data to Improve Efficiency Program Outcomes (PhD ’14) Sam’s works focuses on tools to scale up and improve the performance of energy efficiency programs in ... Continue Reading »

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Avrin, Anne-Perrine

Anne-Perrine Avrin

MS, PhD

Designing and Adapting Appropriate Socio-technical Systems for the Renewable Energy Transition (PhD ’18) Anne-Perrine is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group and a research fellow within the ... Continue Reading »

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Avila, Nkiruka

Nkiruka Avila

MS, PhD

Designing and Adapting Appropriate Socio-Technical Systems for the Renewable Energy Transition (PhD ’18) Nkiruka has expertise in solar grid integration and climate policy in California, and in electricity access in ... Continue Reading »

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California Drought is Increasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Report ERG Alumni at Pacific Institute

Report ERG Alumni at Pacific Institute California Drought is Increasing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

ERG alumni Peter Gleick (PhD ’86) and Julia Szinai (PhD ’21) of the Pacific Institute research group discussed in a recent article on The Hill how the findings of their ... Continue Reading »

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ERG’s Brockway and Callaway Reveal Link Between California Grid Limits and Energy Poverty

ERG’s Brockway and Callaway Reveal Link Between California Grid Limits and Energy Poverty

A new research paper published in Nature Energy authored by Anna Brockway, an ERG PhD student and ERG professor Duncan Callaway highlights how existing social inequities are exacerbated by California's grid limits. (Photo by Jeremy Bezanger)

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Lara Kueppers Elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences

Lara Kueppers Elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences

ERG's Lara Kueppers was among 3 Rausser College faculty elected Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees. Academy Fellows are nominated by their peers and recognized for their exceptional contributions to the world of science.

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ERG Professor Dan Kammen Optimistic for Advancing California’s Climate Agenda

ERG Professor Dan Kammen Optimistic for Advancing California’s Climate Agenda

In a recent San Francisco Chronicle article, ERG professor Dan Kammen was featured discussing how Biden's goals of addressing climate change could potentially be achieved in the near future. While divisions in Congress are likely to slow progress, Kammen remains optimistic for the advancement of California's climate agenda. “It would be easier, of course, if Biden had the Senate. But the Senate does have a way of sensing the mood of the nation. There’s going to be some serious reckoning... There’s going to be increasing amounts of senators on the Republican side that ultimately switch over," said Kammen.

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ERG Professor Margaret Torn on the Growing Impact of Californian Wildfires

ERG Professor Margaret Torn on the Growing Impact of Californian Wildfires

In the recent Scientific American article "California’s Mega Fires Have Arrived 30 Years Early", ERG adjunct professor Margaret Torn argued that as more people living in wildland-adjacent areas, the catastrophic impacts of wildfires only continues to grow. “We’re changing how catastrophic a fire is because we have put more properties and lives at risk... because we’re building in fire zones,” Torn stated.

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Kammen Responds to California’s Canceled Rolling Blackouts in AP News

Kammen Responds to California’s Canceled Rolling Blackouts in AP News

ERG professor Dan Kammen was recently quoted in AP News regarding California's power grid operator cancelling rolling blackouts. These scheduled widespread blackouts were averted after regulators warned that the electric grid would not have enough power to meet demands in the midst of a heat wave. Kammen commented that the state needs to do more to store and sell clean energy sources, and he hopes this week’s blackouts will prompt officials to act. “This is kind of a stress test on the system,” he said. “We have not built up enough of a smart enough system to take advantage of all the renewables we have in place.”

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ERG PhD Student Anna Brockway Calls for Rethinking California’s Electric Grid

ERG PhD Student Anna Brockway Calls for Rethinking California’s Electric Grid

ERG PhD student Anna Brockway and two UC Berkeley students recently published their article, "California must prepare its electric grid for complex climate risks", on the San Francisco Chronicle. The op-ed discusses the necessity of reworking California's electrical system to pave the way for efficient climate adaptation. "In order to make good decisions about maintenance, facility siting and the specs of new equipment, electric grid operators must understand how weather and climate affect electricity demand, supply and delivery. Normally, they look at historical weather patterns and operating conditions. But now, the electricity system must prepare for more record-setting events," the article states.

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ERG Professor Kammen on How California’s Power Outages Pose New Challenges

ERG Professor Kammen on How California’s Power Outages Pose New Challenges

ERG Professor Dan Kammen was recently featured on U.S. News explaining the severity of California's energy shortages. Despite pandemic restrictions that have somewhat reduced overall electricity demand in California, Kammen points out the rising demand for electricity due to heat waves. "Investments in electricity storage and distribution would [allow California avoid future rolling blackouts]. But those could be expensive, and even harder to budget for at a time when the state faces huge deficits amid the pandemic-related slowdown," Kammen stated.

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Peterman Selected as New Senior Vice President for the Southern California Edison

Peterman Selected as New Senior Vice President for the Southern California Edison

Carla Peterman, an ERG alumna, brings her numerous experience in public service for her new position in Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation's largest electric utilities.

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ERG PhD Student Kripa Jagannathan Spotlighted for California Outreach

ERG PhD Student Kripa Jagannathan Spotlighted for California Outreach

As a graduate student in the UC Cooperative Extension Program, Kripa Jagannathan has the opportunity to supplement her research at ERG with outreach to California farmers and water utilities officials. ... Continue Reading »

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Green Energy is Gold for California, US: Kammen SF Chronicle Op-ed

US: Kammen SF Chronicle Op-ed Green Energy is Gold for California

Energy and Resources Group Professor and Chair, Daniel Kammen advocates for passage of the “100 Percent Clean Energy Act” (Senate Bill 100) and the green energy economic opportunities that California and US should not miss.

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Dan Kammen Discusses Climate Change Initiative Being Developed by California Universities

Dan Kammen Discusses Climate Change Initiative Being Developed by California Universities

In a recent Nature article, ERG Professor Dan Kammen comments on the potential establishment of a California-based climate change research institute. The proposal is backed by all University of California ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Alumnus Peter Gleick on California’s Drought

ERG Alumnus Peter Gleick on California’s Drought

ERG Alumnus Peter Gleick comments for News Deeply on what makes California's current drought different.

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ERG Alum Listed as a Top Expert Against California’s Drought

ERG Alum Listed as a Top Expert Against California’s Drought

"Meet nine top experts who are driving the conversation on California’s water policy." - News Deeply

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Norgaard: On the Front Lines of California Water Issues

Norgaard: On the Front Lines of California Water Issues

ERG professor emeritus Richard Norgaard, discusses the three greatest threats to California's water.

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California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

An Environmental Leader California

Professor Daniel Kammen will be joining Gov. Jerry Brown at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris to discuss California's climate initiatives as a model for the world to follow.

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Only 15% of California’s Big Solar Projects are on the Right Kind of Land

Only 15% of California’s Big Solar Projects are on the Right Kind of Land

Postdoctoral scholar, Rebecca Hernandez, comments on California's utility-scale solar projects.

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California Leads a Quiet Revolution

California Leads a Quiet Revolution

Professor Daniel Kammen shares his thoughts on California's energy revolution with the New York Times.

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ScienceMag: In boosting climate goals, California daring others to follow

California daring others to follow ScienceMag: In boosting climate goals

Dr. Dan Kammen on how CA's new GHG reduction targets are not only good for the state but also international talks

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The Road from CalCAP: Can the University of California Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025?

The Road from CalCAP: Can the University of California Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025?

How Zimmerman (MS'08), ERGies and colleagues started to "save the planet" by getting Cal capped

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California’s Cleaner Fuel Comes at Cost to Water: Report

California’s Cleaner Fuel Comes at Cost to Water: Report

Heather Cooley (MS'04) and PhD candidate Julian Fulton release California water footprint report from Pacific Institute.

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California could power itself three to five times over with solar

California could power itself three to five times over with solar

ERG postdoctoral fellow Hernandez with Hoffacker and Field from Stanford publish in Nature Climate Change.

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Study IDs key birds that host Lyme disease bacteria in California

Study IDs key birds that host Lyme disease bacteria in California

“The role of birds in the maintenance of Lyme disease bacteria in California is poorly understood,” lead author Erica Newman, ERG PhD candidate.

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ERG Alumna Laura Moreno Studies the Staggering Reality of Food Waste

ERG Alumna Laura Moreno Studies the Staggering Reality of Food Waste

ERG alumna Laura Moreno was recently featured on the California Magazine for her research on understanding food waste in the United States.

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ERG Dan Kammen Addresses Texas’ Recent Electric Grid Failure

ERG Dan Kammen Addresses Texas’ Recent Electric Grid Failure

In a recent San Francisco Chronicle article, titled "Why the massive power outages in Texas are so much worse than California's summer blackouts," features ERG professor Dan Kammen discussing how such energy outages have highlighted a similarity between California and Texas. “What is so interesting here is that like in California — extreme weather (for us, fires) — has stressed an old, outdated and ‘not smart’ grid,” Kammen stated. “Without well-integrated solar, wind, AND energy storage our grids are vulnerable.”

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ERG Alums Williams, Farbes, and Professor Torn Reveal US Can Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

Farbes ERG Alums Williams

A new article, "Carbon-neutral pathways for the United States," published in the open-access journal AGU Advances by ERG alums Jim Williams, Jamil Farbes, ERG alum and adjunct professor Margaret Torn, and others found that "reaching zero net emissions of carbon dioxide from energy and industry by 2050 can be accomplished.

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ERG Students, Alumni, and Faculty Lead “Power, Water and Climate” Research

Alumni ERG Students

Current ERG PhD student Julia Szinai, alumnus Ranjit Deshmukh, ERG professor Dan Kammen, and assistant adjunct professor Andrew Jones were recently featured by UCSB for their leading research in "Power, Water and Climate". Working with researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, they developed "a framework evaluating the impacts of climate change on California’s water and energy systems".

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ERG’s Dan Kammen Enthusiastic for Berkeley Scholars to Join Biden Administration

ERG’s Dan Kammen Enthusiastic for Berkeley Scholars to Join Biden Administration

Recently, President-elect Joe Biden has nominated UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) faculty member Jennifer Granholm to lead the U.S. Department of Energy and Haas School of Business Professor Emeritus Janet Yellen to serve as secretary of treasury. Two campus alumni are also expected to serve within the administration, with Alejandro Mayorkas selected to lead the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, and Adewale Adeyemo picked for deputy treasury secretary. ERG professor Dan Kammen expressed enthusiasm for the candidates in multiple news sources, stating that “The Department of Energy is going to be central to almost everything in the Biden-Harris plan, from energy transformation to re-entering the Paris Climate Accords. We’re also going to need a huge infusion of attention and effort to be put into creating jobs. That fits Jennifer Granholm to a T. I’m just so impressed that they made this choice. I think she’s ideal for the job at this time.” Read the Berkeley News article on Jennifer Granholm here, the San Francisco Chronicle article here, and the Daily Californian article on all four Berkeley scholars here.

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ERG Professor Dan Kammen Discusses Climate change in the age of Joe Biden

ERG Professor Dan Kammen Discusses Climate change in the age of Joe Biden

ERG Professor Dan Kammen was recently interviewed in The Daily Californian, where he discussed what the fight against climate change would look like in 2021 and what he anticipates for President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. “California’s always had a very aggressive plan,” Kammen said. “We’re now in a position where 10 states have joined California and have targets of zero-carbon economies by mid-century, so President-elect Biden is working with a much better deck.”

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ERG Dan Kammen on What the Biden-Harris Victory Means For COVID-19 & Climate Change

ERG Dan Kammen on What the Biden-Harris Victory Means For COVID-19 & Climate Change

ERG professor Dan Kammen recently published an op-ed on the Daily Californian, discussing the powerful impact the Biden-Harris victory has on addressing the issues of COVID-19 and climate change. Kammen further states that the new leadership's energy and climate platform can be a game-changer for achieving social and climate justice. "Science, social justice and both domestic and global partnerships to address climate change are now back on the agenda in the United States," Kammen writes. "More than any one specific action, the commitment Biden has already shown to a science-driven administration is critically important domestically and worldwide."

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ERG Professor Dan Kammen on the Importance of Political Policies Against Climate Change

ERG Professor Dan Kammen on the Importance of Political Policies Against Climate Change

ERG Professor Dan Kammen was featured on a recent Al Jazeera article, discussing America's progress towards building a greener economy. "The 2020 election in the United States is absolutely critical, because we know on the climate side that we have very few years left to get on an innovative green energy path," Kammen stated.

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‘Cheaper to save the climate’— ERG Professor Lara Kueppers Comments on Clean Energy Study

‘Cheaper to save the climate’— ERG Professor Lara Kueppers Comments on Clean Energy Study

Following a recent UC Berkeley study showing how the United States can achieve 90% clean electricity by 2035, ERG Professor Lara Kuepper commented on the importance of reducing harmful emissions. This report, featured on The Daily Californian, found that by "prioritizing energy generated from wind, solar and battery storage, decarbonizing electricity at a rapid rate is possible."

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ERG Professor Dan Kammen on How Electric Vehicles Help Advance Social Justice

ERG Professor Dan Kammen on How Electric Vehicles Help Advance Social Justice

ERG Professor Dan Kammen recently published an article on the San Francisco Chronicle titled "How electric vehicles can help advance social justice". He praises Lyft's recent promise of its transition to 100% electric vehicles (EV) on its platform by 2030. Kammen ties the climate victory in with California Public Utilities Commission's move to protect the often vulnerable employees of the gig economy by considering drivers for ride-hailing companies to be employees in accordance with the state’s AB5 law.

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ERG Almnus Daniel Sanchez Interviewed in “Breakthroughs” on Climate Change Solutions

ERG Almnus Daniel Sanchez Interviewed in “Breakthroughs” on Climate Change Solutions

ERG Alumnus Daniel Sanchez was recently featured in Breakthroughs, the magazine of the Rausser College of Natural Resources, for his work as a Cooperative Extension specialist. Along with other featured specialists, the article focuses on their work on "tackling climate change's impacts on Californians."

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Community Forum Webinar Features Kammen to Discuss COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

Community Forum Webinar Features Kammen to Discuss COVID-19 and the Climate Crisis

On Tuesday, March 31, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Fossile Free California will be hosting a community forum on COVID-19 and the climate crisis. This live webinar features ERG Professor Dan Kammen, who will be presenting his views on how the current global pandemic intersects with the climate crisis.

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ERG PhD Student Szinai and Alumnus Gopal Link Grid Costs to Electric Vehicle Charge Management

ERG PhD Student Szinai and Alumnus Gopal Link Grid Costs to Electric Vehicle Charge Management

ERG PhD student Julia Szinai, ERG Alumnus Anand Gopal, and two other co-authors from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have recently published a collaborative research paper on ScienceDirect.

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ERG PhD Veronica Jacome Awarded UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

ERG PhD Veronica Jacome Awarded UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

ERG PhD Student Veronica Jacome has recently been selected as a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow.

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ERG’s Lara and Kammen on Potential for Biomass Feedstock from Drought

ERG’s Lara and Kammen on Potential for Biomass Feedstock from Drought

ERG student José Daniel Lara and ERG professor Daniel Kammen, in collaboration with forest researchers in UC Berkeley's department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, recently published "Characterization of the woody biomass feedstock potential resulting from California’s drought" in Nature, Scientific Reports.

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Remembering Jack Hollander, Distinguished Scientist and ERG Emeritus

Distinguished Scientist and ERG Emeritus Remembering Jack Hollander

ERG emeritus professor Jack M. Hollander passed away on November 10, 2019 at age 92.

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Kammen on the Increasing Normalization of Power Shutoffs on KCBS Radio

Kammen on the Increasing Normalization of Power Shutoffs on KCBS Radio

Daniel Kammen discusses how power shutoffs and evacuations may become the the new normal as climate change continues to spark deadlier wildfires year after year.

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Alumna Alexandra von Meier on Multi-Customer Microgrids to Combat Wildfires

Alumna Alexandra von Meier on Multi-Customer Microgrids to Combat Wildfires

Alexandra von Meier, an ERG Alumna and director in the California Institute for Energy and Environment’s Electric Grid program area, discusses how locally sourced power, compared to shutting off power, can better prevent wildfires.

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Berkeley Leadership on Climate and Justice: ERG Chair Kammen Comments

Berkeley Leadership on Climate and Justice: ERG Chair Kammen Comments

ERG Professor and Chair Dan Kammen writes an op-ed in the Daily Californian commenting on activism at UC Berkeley and the global climate strike.

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ERG Alumnus Patrick Gonzalez Speaks to Congress on Climate Change

ERG Alumnus Patrick Gonzalez Speaks to Congress on Climate Change

ERG alum, Dr. Patrick Gonzalez presents scientific findings to Representative Mike Quigley and other members of the U.S. House of Representatives Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition Members in the U.S. Capitol

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Kammen and Senator Wiener: For America’s cities, housing policy is climate policy

housing policy is climate policy Kammen and Senator Wiener: For America’s cities

In an op-ed today in the New York Times, professor Dan Kammen and state Senator Scott Wiener are blunt: “To solve the climate crisis, we have to solve the housing crisis.”

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Governor Newsom Appoints ERG Alum Carla Peterman to New Wildfire Recovery Commission

Governor Newsom Appoints ERG Alum Carla Peterman to New Wildfire Recovery Commission

Governor Gavin Newsom’s office has released three appointments to the new Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery, which includes ERG alumna Carla Peterman (PhD ’17). Peterman served as a ... Continue Reading »

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ERG’s Lara Kueppers on Climate Change and CA Wildfires

ERG’s Lara Kueppers on Climate Change and CA Wildfires

ERG Professor Lara Kueppers recently commented in Bustle on the relationship between climate change and the California wildfires.  “‘Due to climate change, she explains, ‘warm temperatures extend over a larger ... Continue Reading »

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ERG’s Kammen Comments on ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests in New York Times

ERG’s Kammen Comments on ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests in New York Times

“So while President Macron has highlighted the need for funds to invest in clean energy, that is not actually what was planned,” Mr. Kammen said.

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Campus and Alumni Mourn the Passing of ERG Professor Gene Rochlin

Campus and Alumni Mourn the Passing of ERG Professor Gene Rochlin

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to pass on the news that University of California Berkeley Energy and Resources Group (ERG) core faculty emeritus Gene Rochlin passed away this weekend. 

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Energy by Whom? With ERG Alumna Nikky Avila

Energy by Whom? With ERG Alumna Nikky Avila

Nikky Avila (PhD ’18) was recently featured on the podcast “Somebody Call a Doctor.” Avila discusses how distributed energy technologies are disrupting conventional electricity planning paradigms and enabling social innovation. She ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Students, Faculty and Alumni Encourage You to Vote!

Faculty and Alumni Encourage You to Vote! ERG Students

As the November 6, 2018 midterm elections approach, the Energy and Resources Group faculty, students, and alumni are taking action to increase voter participation. We encourage all voices to be heard ... Continue Reading »

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Lyft Commits to Cancelling Out its Carbon Emissions – Will it Make a Difference?

Lyft Commits to Cancelling Out its Carbon Emissions – Will it Make a Difference?

Lyft announced its plans last month to purchase carbon offsets to cancel out the carbon emissions created by its drivers. It’s also part of a larger strategy to lessen Lyft’s ... Continue Reading »

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The Fundamentals of a Clean(er) Economy – Dan Kammen

The Fundamentals of a Clean(er) Economy – Dan Kammen

ERG Chair Dan Kammen wrote an Op-Ed piece for the Daily Californian this week, outlining the stark global reality of climate change in 2018 and the need for collective action. ... Continue Reading »

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Emission-Free Neighborhoods? The Oakland EcoBlock Project Pioneers Residential Sustainability

Emission-Free Neighborhoods? The Oakland EcoBlock Project Pioneers Residential Sustainability

The College of Environmental Design (CED) at UC Berkeley spotlighted the innovative Oakland EcoBlock project this week, lead by CED professor Harrison Fraker and ERG chair Dan Kammen. The project, ... Continue Reading »

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What Environmental Policy Options Does the U.S. Have in 2018?

What Environmental Policy Options Does the U.S. Have in 2018?

In a Knowledge @ Wharton public policy podcast, Dan Kammen joins Eric Orts, legal studies and business ethics professor, and director of the school’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership. Kammen and ... Continue Reading »

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UC Wins Excellence in Green Power Use Award from EPA

UC Wins Excellence in Green Power Use Award from EPA

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the University of California system with the Excellence in Green Power Use Award for its investments in renewable energy, and continued progress ... Continue Reading »

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Wind and Solar Energy Potential in The Democratic Republic of Congo – New ERG Study

Wind and Solar Energy Potential in The Democratic Republic of Congo – New ERG Study

Image: Renewable Riches: How Wind and Solar Could Power DRC and South Africa (2017) Ana Mileva, Ranjit Deshmukh, and Grace Wu discuss The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) position to harness ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Student Jose Daniel Lara Joins UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative as a 2017 Fellow

ERG Student Jose Daniel Lara Joins UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative as a 2017 Fellow

Jose Daniel Lara was recently selected to represent UC Berkeley as a fellow for the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI). Jose will foster communication about UC-wide goals to ... Continue Reading »

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DACA Rescinded – Information for Undocumented Students and Prospective Applicants

DACA Rescinded – Information for Undocumented Students and Prospective Applicants

Photo: Adrienne Shih – The Daily Californian Following President Trump’s decision on Tuesday morning to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ and UC ... Continue Reading »

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Paper Authored by PhD Candidate Noah Kittner and Professor Dan Kammen Published in Nature Energy

Paper Authored by PhD Candidate Noah Kittner and Professor Dan Kammen Published in Nature Energy

Noah Kittner and Dan Kammen's new paper, "Energy stor­age deploy­ment and inno­va­tion for the clean energy tran­si­tion," was published in Nature Energy on July 31, 2017

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New ERG Chair Daniel M. Kammen

New ERG Chair Daniel M. Kammen

We are pleased to announce the appointment of the new Energy and Resources Group Chair, Professor Daniel M. Kammen. His appointment began July 1, 2017. Daniel Kam­men is a Pro­fes­sor of Energy with ... Continue Reading »

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Kammen and Hausfather of ERG Respond to Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Kammen and Hausfather of ERG Respond to Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

ERG Professor Dan Kammen and graduate student Zeke Hausfather respond to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement

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Art Rosenfeld, Friend of ERG and Pioneer of Energy Efficiency, Passes Away at 90

Friend of ERG and Pioneer of Energy Efficiency Art Rosenfeld

Arthur Hinton Rosenfeld, a close friend to many in the ERG community, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017. He was 90 years old. “Art Rosenfeld helped make California the world ... Continue Reading »

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Kammen highlighted in Scientific American

Kammen highlighted in Scientific American

Daniel Kammen comments for Scientific American on the opportunities scientists think they can seize with the appointment of Trump's climate skeptics.

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ERG Alumni Gleick and Cooley: Water Experts to Watch on Climate and Energy

ERG Alumni Gleick and Cooley: Water Experts to Watch on Climate and Energy

ERG alumni Peter Gleick (M.S. '80, Ph.D. '86) and Heather Cooley (M.S. '04) are featured on NewsDeeply's roundup of CA leaders at the nexus of water, energy and climate.

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ERG Student Avila Receives Rosenfeld Fellowship

ERG Student Avila Receives Rosenfeld Fellowship

Congratulations to ERG postdoctoral fellow Nikky Avila, who was recently awarded the 2016 Rosenfeld Fellowship.

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RAEL and GRID Alternatives Partner for Off-Grid Solar

RAEL and GRID Alternatives Partner for Off-Grid Solar

Solar Industry Magazine has announced a partnership between the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) and nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives. RAEL is a unique new research, development, project implementation, and community ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Alumnus Peter Gleick Pushes for New Water Conservation Policy

ERG Alumnus Peter Gleick Pushes for New Water Conservation Policy

“I think the state board is going to have to reconsider this strategy in light of what apparently is a complete abandonment of urban conservation efforts.” - Peter Gleick

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ERG Alum Receives Microsoft Grant for Ugandan Micro-grid Systems

ERG Alum Receives Microsoft Grant for Ugandan Micro-grid Systems

New Sun Road is a California technology company directed by ERGie Jalel Sager (MS’11 , PhD’15). They are committed to implementing solutions to climate change and global energy poverty, provide ... Continue Reading »

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Alum Epstein Explores Resilient Farming Systems in Post-disaster Nepal

Alum Epstein Explores Resilient Farming Systems in Post-disaster Nepal

"On the 25th and 26th of April and 12th of May Nepal was struck by massive earthquakes. One year later we wanted to explore which farming systems fared better or worse after this natural disaster. "

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ERG’s Energy Research Featured in Multiple News Outlets

ERG’s Energy Research Featured in Multiple News Outlets

“Research at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory [ERG Professor Daniel Kammen’s lab] at the University of California Berkeley highlights that while cities currently contribute to global climate change by ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Alum Calls For Effective Groundwater Management

ERG Alum Calls For Effective Groundwater Management

ERG alum Michael Kiparsky (MS '04, PhD '10) co-authored an opinion column in The Fresno Bee on the pressing need for fair and effective groundwater management agencies in California.

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Two ERG Projects Included in White House Plans for Sustainable Water Future

Two ERG Projects Included in White House Plans for Sustainable Water Future

Commitments by two groups within ERG were included in the White House Summit on Water last week

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ERG Summer Courses Available

ERG Summer Courses Available

ERG is offering four of its most popular courses this summer! Enroll Today!

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Jones & Kammen compare neighborhood footprints

Jones & Kammen compare neighborhood footprints

The first-of-its-kind interactive map was produced by the University of California, Berkeley’s CoolClimate Network and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and covers census block groups –neighborhoods of several ... Continue Reading »

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ERG at the Paris Climate Talks

ERG at the Paris Climate Talks

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris has begun and will continue until December 11th. Energy and Resources Group faculty, students and alumni will be playing an active role at the conference and the many peripheral activities.

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Kripa Akila Jagannathan selected for UC-Sponsored Food Fellowships 2015-2016

Kripa Akila Jagannathan selected for UC-Sponsored Food Fellowships 2015-2016

ERG graduate student Kripa Akila Jagannathan was selected for a fellowship sponsored by the UC Global Food Initiative Program!

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Proposed state fee would end solar savings

Proposed state fee would end solar savings

ERG professor Dan Kammen looks at impacts of proposed new CPUC rules.

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Solar Power Expansion Could Pose Ecological Risks

Solar Power Expansion Could Pose Ecological Risks

Post­doc­toral scholar, Rebecca Her­nan­dez, discusses her study on the ecological footprint of solar power development with Scientific American.

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Go Small and Go Home: UC Berkeley Team Working to Create an Affordable Housing Fix

Go Small and Go Home: UC Berkeley Team Working to Create an Affordable Housing Fix

ERG grad student Ian Bolliger talks about Cal team's tiny house project in Richmond.

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Obama’s Clean Power Plan is finally out, but scientists say the work’s just begun.

but scientists say the work’s just begun. Obama’s Clean Power Plan is finally out

ERG Professor Daniel Kammen was featured in two magazine publications regarding Obama's Clean Power Plan and the impacts it might have on the U.S. population.

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Energy and Resource Group research finds that well-placed PV is yielding big savings on PG&E’s distribution grid

Energy and Resource Group research finds that well-placed PV is yielding big savings on PG&E’s distribution grid

ERG Professor Duncan Callaway and and ERG student Michael Cohen's (MS '12) release report on Economic Effects of Distributed PV Generation on California's Distribution System.

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UC students tour peach farm, meet with President Napolitano

meet with President Napolitano UC students tour peach farm

ERG grad student, Kripa Jagannathan, discusses her research on aligning climate models for farmer needs with the UC president

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Holdren: What Works at ERG Works

Holdren: What Works at ERG Works

John Holdren's "tricks of the trade" presentation plus photos during the ERG Big Event.

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Cooley (MS’04) on CA Drought in NYT

Cooley (MS’04) on CA Drought in NYT

“Folks realize we have now reached the limits of supply, so the focus is on demand.”

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BOOK: Applying Anthropology and Physics to Sustainability

BOOK: Applying Anthropology and Physics to Sustainability

New book by Dove and Kammen released this week.

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Zoë Chafe leads new WHO Report

Zoë Chafe leads new WHO Report

"We wanted to help policymakers and members of the general public understand that household heating with biomass is a complicated issue," says ERG PhD candidate Zoë Chafe.

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Data: Big disparities in energy use across desert

Data: Big disparities in energy use across desert

ERG PhD candidate Chris Jones explains household electricity consumption.

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ERG Grad Student Selected To Represent UC Berkeley in Sacramento

ERG Grad Student Selected To Represent UC Berkeley in Sacramento

Rachel Golden will share her views in the state capital in April.

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Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

ERG Master's-PhD To ssess the accuracy of different climate models at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

Kripa Jagannathan selected for UC Food Fellowship

At LBNL, the ERG Master's-PhD student will assess the accuracy of different climate models in predicting specific metrics that are relevant for farmer’s decision making needs.

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Profs. Leach & Ray Launch UN Gender Equality Report

Profs. Leach & Ray Launch UN Gender Equality Report

Dr. Isha Ray at UN Headquarters discussing report on gender equality.

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What if it’s not that “green”?

What if it’s not that “green”?

NBC interview of Dr. Kammen on new technology not meeting green expectations.

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Water Quality: Woelfle-Erskine’s Search for Salmon

Water Quality: Woelfle-Erskine’s Search for Salmon

“As the dry season becomes more intense and rainfall more erratic, we’d expect to see this pattern propagating northward.”

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Kammen: UC Divestment is a “no-brainer”

Kammen: UC Divestment is a “no-brainer”

UC faculty, alumni and student activists say it's time to take divestment seriously. Professor Kammen gives insight into why in the East Bay Express.

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Schwarzenegger, Brown, Kammen: Fighting Fossil Fuel’s “Dark Shadow”

Brown Schwarzenegger

Kammen speaks at Schwarzenegger's climate pep rally where both parties agree that it's time to fight the dark side.

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ERG’s Woelfle-Erskine on Why Dams are Still an Issue

ERG’s Woelfle-Erskine on Why Dams are Still an Issue

"The fight is far from over as far as dams are concerned."

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Upcoming Certificate Course on Economic Impact of Climate and Energy Policy

Upcoming Certificate Course on Economic Impact of Climate and Energy Policy

3-day cer­tifi­cate course Oct 3-5, offer­ing a prac­ti­cal per­spec­tive on the eco­nomic effects of cli­mate and energy policy.

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Grist Features ERG Climate Change Solutions

Grist Features ERG Climate Change Solutions

Professor John Harte and three ERG students are "Hacking the Climate" with featured articles in the popular online publication.

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Kammen on UC Climate Advisory Group

Kammen on UC Climate Advisory Group

UC President forms Global Climate Leadership Council including UC professors and climate experts.

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Are Obama’s Carbon Rules Enough?

Are Obama’s Carbon Rules Enough?

The New York Times calls the EPA's emission proposals "modest." Professor Dan Kammen points out the challenge.

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Suburban sprawl, 50% of U.S. household carbon footprint

50% of U.S. household carbon footprint Suburban sprawl

Chris Jones (ERG PhD) and Prof. Dan Kammen point out that U.S. households are responsible for about 20% of annual worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, which are driving climate change.

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Clean energy future: Kammen and Wolfram talk it out on NPR

Clean energy future: Kammen and Wolfram talk it out on NPR

ERG's Kammen and Haas' Wolfram don't exactly see eye-to-eye on energy in NPR interview.

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Goddard, Jessica Joan

Jessica Joan Goddard

MS 2014 (ERG), MS 2015 (Eng.), PhD

Urban Water’s Hydra: Stormwater’s Problematization in LA (MA ’14) Measuring Drinking Water Affordability and Sustainability (PhD ’20) At ERG, Jess (PhD 2019) co-developed metrics for water affordability in the state’s ... Continue Reading »

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Fulton, Julian

Julian Fulton

PhD

Julian’s interests lie in the relationships between water use and economic development, focusing on modeling and governance. Mr. Fulton’s previous research includes water use in the transportation sector, conservation strategies ... Continue Reading »

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