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The Energy and Resources Group

ERG is a col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nity of grad­u­ate stu­dents, core fac­ulty, over 150 affil­i­ated fac­ulty and researchers across the cam­pus, and over 500 alumni across the globe. We award MA, MS, and ... Continue Reading »

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THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES GROUP

THE ENERGY AND RESOURCES GROUP

ERG is a col­lab­o­ra­tive com­mu­nity of grad­u­ate stu­dents, core fac­ulty, 200 affil­i­ated fac­ulty and researchers across the cam­pus, and over 600 alumni across the globe. We award MA, MS, PhD, and ... Continue Reading »

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Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL)

Renewable & Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL)

RAEL is engaged in projects to develop the science, technology, policy needs and to foster engagements that explore the future of energy, specifically the transition to a low-cabon, environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable energy system.

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Energy Modeling, Analysis & Control (EMAC)

Analysis & Control (EMAC) Energy Modeling

The Energy Modeling, Analysis and Control (EMAC) group addresses the engineering and techno-economic challenges to decarbonizing electric power systems. Our work ranges from applied to theoretical. Much of our work focuses on building new control and optimization frameworks to facilitate the operation of low carbon grids.

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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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Admissions

Admissions

The Energy and Resources Group trains interdisciplinary leaders and thinkers who are defining and solving the systemic, social, environmental, and technological challenges facing the world. The information below provides an ... Continue Reading »

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Home

WEBSITE NOTE: The home page collects its content from the child pages of this page. The content of this page does not manifest anywhere (as you can see this note ... Continue Reading »

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Courses

Please note: This is a full list of ERG course offerings; not all courses are offered each term. For current course offerings, please refer to the online Schedule of Classes. ... Continue Reading »

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Give to ERG

We thank you for supporting ERG’s mission of a sustainable environment and just society. Your donation provides critical funding and academic opportunities for our graduate students. General gifts to ERG ... Continue Reading »

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Core Faculty

The faculty of ERG currently consists of 10 core professors of Energy and Resources and nearly 200 affiliated faculty and researchers holding appointments in a wide range of departments across ... Continue Reading »

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Students

ERG’s sixty plus graduate students are geographically and ethnically diverse. About half are in the masters-degree program and half in the PhD program. The students come from a wide variety ... Continue Reading »

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Alumni

The geographic range of ERGies is worldwide, and they occupy a remarkably high number of niches. They can be found on every continent except Antarctica, across a large elevational range, and in habitats ranging from dense urban areas to the countryside.

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Staff

Energy and Resources Group Office345 GianniniMain Phone: 510-642-1640Fax: 510-642-1085ergdeskb@berkeley.edu Acting Chair and Head Graduate AdvisorProf. Duncan Callawaydcal@berkeley.edu Equity AdvisorProf. Lara Kuepperslmkueppers@berkeley.edu Head Minor AdvisorProf. Lara Kuepperslmkueppers@berkeley.edu Undergraduate Minor Academic AdvisorEnergy ... Continue Reading »

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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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Research at ERG

Through teaching, mentorship and research projects, ERG supports a diverse suite of basic and applied projects.  The goal of this engagement is to understand, inform, and transform the knowledge and ... Continue Reading »

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Climate & Carbon Sciences Program

Climate & Carbon Sciences Program

The research mission of the Climate & Carbon Sciences Program is to advance the understanding and prediction of multiscale climate dynamics, abrupt and extreme climate events, terrestrial feedbacks to climate change, and their impacts on energy and water resources.

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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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Concurrent Degree Program (MPP/MA or MPP/MS)

Public Policy & Energy Resources Group Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) offer a concurrent degree program that integrates the strengths of public policy ... 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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Master’s Degree Curriculum Requirements (MA or MS)

The purpose of the ERG Master’s program is to educate the next generation of interdisciplinary leaders. Specifically, students are taught the range of methods and subjects they should be able ... Continue Reading »

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Publications

ERG's newsletters featuring updates on faculty, commencement speakers, awards and ERG Ph.D., Master's and minor students.

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Society, Environment & Economics Lab

Environment & Economics Lab Society

The Society, Environment and Economics Lab works on the economics of a wide range of environmental, energy and resource issues. Our work spans theoretical, empirical and numerical modeling approaches. We engage in rigorous academic research and actively participate in current policy debates.

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ERG Graduate Job Placement

Energy and Resources Group is an interdisciplinary program that attracts students with many different interests and backgrounds. Our Masters and PhD students find job positions in a variety of industries ... Continue Reading »

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Sustainability Summer Minor and Certificate

Students complete courses in: Global and local environmental change The science, engineering, economics, and policy of renewable energy The business and economics of degradation and sustainability Environmental justice Water science, ... 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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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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Alumni Spotlight: Evan Hansen

Alumni Spotlight: Evan Hansen

Elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates, Evan Hansen now serves on the House Energy committee and leads his own environmental consulting company.

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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 (11 results)

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Mills-Novoa, Meg

Meg Mills-Novoa

Assistant Professor

Meg Mills-Novoa is a human-environment geographer who researches the enduring impacts of climate change adaptation projects. She is jointly appointed to the Energy and Resources Group and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

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Jones, Andrew D.

Andrew D. Jones

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jones is an Earth scientist who works at the interface of human and environmental systems. His research uses quantitative models and data analysis to understand climate change and human-Earth ... Continue Reading »

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Chung, Youjin

Youjin Chung

Assistant Professor

Youjin Chung is Assistant Professor of Sustainability and Equity with a joint appointment in the Energy and Resources Group and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

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Kueppers, Lara

Lara Kueppers

Associate Professor

Lara Kueppers is an Associate Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, with a Faculty Scientist appointment at Berkeley Lab. She is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist, whose research focuses on ecological responses and feedbacks to climate change.

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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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Torn, Margaret

Margaret Torn

Adjunct Professor

The focus of my work is carbon and nutrient cycling in terrestrial ecosystems and trace-gas flux between soil and atmosphere. I conduct research on soil carbon, global change, and the impacts of human activities on ecosystem processes.

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Ray, Isha

Isha Ray

Professor

Professor Ray’s research interests are water and development; technology and development; common property resources; and social science research methods. Her research projects focus on access to water and sanitation for the rural and urban poor, and on the role of technology in improving livelihoods.

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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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Callaway, Duncan

Duncan Callaway

Acting Chair, Associate Professor

Dr. Callaway’s teaching focuses on power systems and energy efficiency. His research can be categorized in three areas: modeling and control of aggregated storage devices; power management; and system analysis of energy technologies and their impact.

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Canales Valenzuela, Javiera

Javiera Canales Valenzuela

MS

My principal interests are the development of sustainable urban systems that improve quality of life for people and work in harmony with the natural environment through the utilization of clean ... Continue Reading »

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Campbell, Nica

Nica Campbell

MS

Nica Campbell is an MS candidate at Energy and Resources Group. Her research interests include corporate sustainability, environmental justice and policy making mechanisms. At ERG, she explores ways to improve ... Continue Reading »

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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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Likhanga, Lynn Shiyayo

Lynn Shiyayo Likhanga

MA

During her undergraduate career, Lynn spent time studying and learning more about the short and long-term evolution of the Earth’s climate and oceans with a focus on the East Frisian ... Continue Reading »

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Awuah, Portia

Portia Awuah

MS

Portia is a MS student in the Energy and Resources Group. She is interested in extending energy access to areas without electricity. As an Electrical and Electronics engineering bachelor’s degree ... Continue Reading »

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Reyes, Victor

Victor Reyes

MS

Hola! I’m Victor Reyes, a Mexican MS candidate. I have a BS/BA in Engineering with a concentration on Sustainability from the University of San Diego. My main interests are electric ... Continue Reading »

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Craigg, Jessica

Jessica Craigg

PhD

My research focuses on the intersections between renewable energy, gender, and rural life in northern Tanzania. Informed by critical social theory and political economy and ecology of energy, my work ... Continue Reading »

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Moraski, Jill

Jill Moraski

PhD

Jill is interested in studying market outcomes, reliability concerns, and community planning objectives as they relate to electric grid decarbonization. Specifically, she’s interested in understanding how valuing community-level costs and ... Continue Reading »

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Marealle, Joyceline

Joyceline Marealle

MS

Joyceline is a Tanzanian who holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester. Her research interest lies in energy decentralization, diversification, economics and policy making to ... 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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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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Sherman, Luke

Luke Sherman

MPP, MS

Luke’s research aims to encourage the use of innovative technology and management systems in order to improve environmental management and adapt to climate change. His work draws on economics, environmental ... Continue Reading »

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Chaudhry, Nabig

Nabig Chaudhry

MS

I’m Nabig Chaudhry. I’m an MS candidate at UC Berkeley studying energy systems, climate change science, and environmental data science. My research and interests lie at the intersection of energy, ... Continue Reading »

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Miles, Samuel

Samuel Miles

PhD

Sam Miles is a Ph.D. stu­dent in the Energy and Resources Group, and in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley. His research focus is ... Continue Reading »

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Wang, Liyang

Liyang Wang

MS

Liyang is a Master’s student in the Energy & Resources Group and a Senior Research Associate in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Berkeley Lab. She focuses on ... 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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Crespo Montanes, Cristina

Cristina Crespo Montanes

MS

Focusing on innovations in renewable energy infrastructure and the potential impacts of such technology in the energy markets, my main interest lies in mechanisms to enhance reliability of fully renewable ... 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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Mallet Dias, Arthur

Arthur Mallet Dias

MS

Arthur is interested in using sustainable innovation as a framework for designing new businesses, services, and products that help tackle climate change. He is particularly interested in promoting sustainability through ... 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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Katz, Jessica

Jessica Katz

MS

Siting Renewable Energy in a Changing Climate: A Reimagining of BLM’s Solar Energy Zones (MS ’20) At ERG, Jessica is focusing on learning advanced methods to comprehensively evaluate the ecological, ... Continue Reading »

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Freitas, Nancy

Nancy Freitas

MS, PhD

Arctic Lake Emissions in a Warming World (MS ’20) At ERG, Nancy research focuses on identifying existing gaps in climate science and decision-making. In her master’s research, she used a ... 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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Worsham, Marshall

Marshall Worsham

MS, PhD

A Remote Sensing Method for Detecting Agents of Forest Disturbance (MA ’20) Marshall’s interests lie in environmental governance and ecology, in particular, the relationships among regulatory structure, conflict, and ecosystem ... Continue Reading »

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Wagner, Tzipora

Tzipora Wagner

MS

The Role of Stakeholder Networks in Urban Water System Innovation (MS ’20) Tzipora’s is interested in water resources and the role of technology in promoting sustainability, especially in the developing ... Continue Reading »

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Alford-Jones, Kelsey

Kelsey Alford-Jones

MA

Exploring Linkages Between Development Finance and Socio-Environmental Conflict: A Case Study of IDB Lending to Institutions for Energy and the Environment in Guatemala (MA ’20) Kelsey is a PhD candidate, ... Continue Reading »

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Carney, Jess

Jess Carney

MS, PhD

Integrating Fuel-Based End Uses Into a Clean Electric System: Quantifying the Trade Off Between Electrification and Electrically Synthesized Fuels (MS ’20) Jess Carney is interested in understanding how sustainable energy ... 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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Strecker, Jesse

Jesse Strecker

MA, MPP

Evaluating the Role of Labor Unions in the Politics of Decarbonization: Insights from Political Economy and Socio-Technical Transition Studies (MA ’19) Jesse is a student in the concurrent Master’s degree ... Continue Reading »

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Siddique, Samira

Samira Siddique

MS, PhD

Development for the Stateless: the Displacement-Development Nexus and Implications for the Future (MS ’19) Samira is a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group and researcher in the Renewable ... Continue Reading »

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Gorman, Will

Will Gorman

MS, PhD

Effects of Electricity Consumption and Rate Design on Solar Plus Storage-enabled Grid Defection (MS ’19) Will’s primary research interests involve assessing the opportunity for distributed energy resources to participate on ... 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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Lee, Jonathan

Jonathan Lee

MS, PhD

The Cost of Reliability in Decentralized Solar Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (MS ’18) Jonathan studies transitions in electric power systems and electricity markets, specifically microgrids and distributed energy resources, the ... Continue Reading »

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Yu, Hilary

Hilary Yu

MS

Mining Data on Reclaimed Coal Mines: a Machine Learning Approach to Assessing Habitat Suitability (MS ’18) Hilary received her B.A. in Government and Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Ecology ... Continue Reading »

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Phillippe Phanivong

MS

Managed Workplace Charging of Electric Vehicles as a Grid Asset (MS ’18) Phillippe is an MS student at ERG. His research interests are in the integration of distributed energy resources ... Continue Reading »

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Shears, Esther

Esther Shears

MPP, MS, PhD

The Impact of Data Access on Academic Research: Evidence from the Land Remote-sensing Commercialization Act of 1984 (MS ’18) Esther researches how climate change will impact the financial sector and ... 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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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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Dees, John

John Dees

MS, PhD

John’s research is primarily concerned with macro-energy systems analysis. He is interested in the life cycle characteristics of renewable energy systems, with a current focus on the carbon drawdown potential ... 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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Szinai, Julia

Julia Szinai

MPP, MS, PhD

Julia studied economics and Spanish at UC Berkeley as an undergraduate, and realized her interest in energy and environmental issues while a research assistant at the UC Energy Institute. After ... Continue Reading »

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Alumni (190 results)

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Jacome, Veronica

Veronica Jacome

MS, PhD

Reshaping the relationships in Ungula’s electricity sector: the advent of the prepay meter (MS ’15) Presumptions and Precarity: Probing Electricity Infrastructure (PhD ’20) Veronica Jacome is a PhD student in ... Continue Reading »

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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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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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Rayef, Reem

Reem Rayef

MA, MPP

Reem is a concurrent MPP/ERG student at UC Berkeley. She is broadly interested in leveraging energy policy toward the decarbonization of transportation and transit systems in urban settings. Previously, Reem ... Continue Reading »

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Yevoo, Edem

Edem Yevoo

MS

Edem received his B.S in Environmental Science and Technology, with a concentration in Ecological Technology Design and minor in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of Maryland, College Park ... Continue Reading »

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Clarke, Nick

Nick Clarke

MA

A Discrete-event Simulator to Determine if Public Transit Buses Go Battery Electric Today (MA ’20) A native of Utah, Nick holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Westminster College in ... Continue Reading »

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McCall, Margaret

Margaret McCall

MPP, MS

Margaret is pursuing an MS/MPP with ERG and the Goldman Policy School. At Berkeley, she hopes to focus on demand flexibility (a key aspect of greening the power grid) and ... 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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Mulhauser, Sara

Sara Mulhauser

MPP, MS

Battery Energy Storage Technology Adoption & Electric Utility Structure (MS ’19) Sara is an architect who delved into distributed generation while developing fuel cell projects for Bloom Energy. She became ... 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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Ledna, Catherine

Catherine Ledna

MS, PhD

Modeling Adaption to Sea Level Rise Under Uncertainty (MS ’19) Catherine received a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Prior to coming to ERG, ... Continue Reading »

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Worley, Peter

Peter Worley

MS

Ohio Industrial Electricity Rates: Is the Price Right? (MS ’19) Peter is interested in investigating the market and regulatory barriers to technological solutions to renewable energy generation, net-zero buildings, and ... 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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Bauer, Gordon

Gordon Bauer

MS, PhD

Operation, Cost, and Environmental Impact of Self-Driving Electric Taxi Fleets (MS ’18) Transportation has long been dominated by the personal gasoline-powered automobile, but breakthroughs in electric vehicles, shared mobility, and ... 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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Jacobson, Arne

Arne Jacobson

PhD

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: ARNE JACOBSON Ph.D. 2004 Professor in the Department of Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University   From his post at Humboldt State University, Arne Jacobson passionately extends ... 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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Hausfather, Zeke

Zeke Hausfather

PhD

Understanding and Reconciling Global Temperature Records (PhD ’19) Zeke is an energy systems analyst and data scientist with a strong interest in climate science and policy. He is currently the ... Continue Reading »

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Coates-Maldoon, Rebecca

Rebecca Coates-Maldoon

MA, MPP

Assessing Instream Flow Standards Under Climate Change Implications for State-Level Policy in the U.S. (MS/MPP ’17) Rebecca completed a Master’s degree in both the Energy and Resources Group and the ... Continue Reading »

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Jarvis, Stephen

Stephen Jarvis

MS, PhD

Stephen is a PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley’s Energy & Resources Group and a Researcher at the Energy Institute at Haas. His work lies at the intersection of economics, public ... 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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Aas, Daniel

Daniel Aas

MA, MPP

Greater than the Sum of Their Parts? Political Impacts of State Climate Policies in the Face of Partisan Polarization (MA/MPP ’17) Dan completed concurrent degrees at the Goldman School of ... Continue Reading »

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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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Maryam Mozafari

MS

Sustainable Energy Options for Kosovo – An Analysis of resource availability and cost (MS ’13)

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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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MacDonald, Jason

Jason MacDonald

PhD

Jason is interested in optimization and control of distributed energy resources to support renewable energy integration into the electricity grid. He works at Lawrence Berkeley National lab researching wholesale electricity ... Continue Reading »

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Woods, Emily

Emily Woods

MS

Impacts of Student-Led Service Learning Water Project in Rural Cameroon (MS’16) A graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S in mechanical engineering. A selection of her work includes drilling water ... 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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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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Sam Arons

MS

Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles, Climate Change, and Energy Security:  The Cost-Effectiveness of an Emerging Technology (’07 MS)

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Janice Wright

MS

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

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Christopher Williams

MA

The Hands that will Build our Energy Future:  Administrative and Labor Capacity for Building Energy Efficiency Policies In China and India (MA ’11)

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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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Wadia, Cyrus

Cyrus Wadia

MS, PhD

"In a sense, we’re going through a tran­si­tion here. The indus­try is going through a tran­si­tion that we’re only see­ing the begin­ning of,” says Dr. Cyrus Wadia (PhD’08). Cyrus knows about transitions. He has been a policy advocate, business entrepreneur and scientific innovator for clean energy and human welfare prior, throughout and since his time at ERG. He has not only observed but has been part of the change in the world’s switch to solar. His multiple hats and his work on the frontline edge of policy, economics and science made him a perfect fit for the interdisciplinary program at ERG.

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Adriana Valencia

MS, PhD

Improved Cookstoves in Michoacán, México:  A Search for an Integrated Perspective that Promotes Local Culture, Health, and Sustainability (’04 MS) Missing Links:  Demystifying Alternative Energy Use and Improving Decision Making ... Continue Reading »

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Alyce Ujihara

MA

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

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Derrick Tucker

MA

Appropriate Technology and Soft Energy as Perspectives on Technology – Society Interactions (’86 MA)

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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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Matthew St. Clair

MA

The Renewable Robin Hood: How Taking from Natural Gas Producers and Giving to Energy Consumers Softens the Economic Impact of a Renewable Portfolio Standard (03 MA)

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Anna Sommer

MS

The Water and Energy Nexus: Estimating Consumptive Water Use from Carbon Capture at Pulverized Coal Plants with a Case Study of the Upper Colorado River Basin (’10 MS)

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Jonathan Sinton

MS, PhD

Indoor Air Pollution in China (Compilation of a Database of Results of Research 1982-1991; with an Application to Residential Energy Supply Options in Shenyang, Liaoning Province) (’92 M.S.) Energy Efficiency ... Continue Reading »

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Suzie Shin

MS

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

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Deborah Schechter

MS

Predicting the Impact of Transportation Control Measures on Pollutant Emissions and Energy Consumption (’93 M.S.)

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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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Jesse Ribot

MS, PhD

Disincentives for Energy Conservation in the Electric Energy Sector of Djibouti, East Africa (85 MS) Markets, States and Environmental Policy: The Political Economy of Charcoal in Senegal (’90 Ph.D.)

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Malini Ranganathan

MS, PhD

Can Co-ops become Energy Producers too? Challenges and Prospects for Efficient Co-Generation in India’s Co-Operative Sugar Sector (’05 MS) Fluid Hegemony: A Political Ecology of Water, Market Rule, and Insurgence ... Continue Reading »

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Jessica Radolf

MA

Berkeley Energy Market Analysis Phase I: The Demand for Energy Conservation and Renewables (’81 M.A.)

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Nancy Rader

MA

The Role of Renewable Energy in Global Warming Mitigation: A Critique of Trusted Assessments (’92 M.A.)

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Zhigang Qin

MS

Global Environment and Energy End Use in China (’93 MS)

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Amol Phadke

MS, PhD

Feasibility of Competition in a Developing Country Electricity Market: A Case Study of Maharashtra State (India) (’03 MS) Competition, regulation, and Energy Efficiency Options in the Electricy Sector: Opportunities and ... Continue Reading »

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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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Alan Mitchell

MA

Reducing Photovoltaic System Costs by Use of Energy-Efficient Appliances (’85 M.A.)

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Steven Meyers

MA

Residential Energy Use and Conservation in the United States (’82 M.A.)

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Casey McCullough

MS

En La Tierra de Los Gigantes: The Mexican Energy Monopolies and Their Impact on Electricity Privatization (’97 M.S.)

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J. Andrew McAllister

MS, PhD

Electricity Load Management in Bolivia: Background and Prospects (’92 MS) Solar Adoption and Energy Consumption in the Residential Sector (’12 PhD)

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Omar Masera

MS, PhD

Sustainable Energy Scenarios for Rural Mexico: An Integrated Evaluation Framework for Cooking Stoves (’90 M.S.) Socioeconomic and Environmental Implications of Fuelwood Use Dynamics and Fuel Switching in Rural Mexico (’95 ... Continue Reading »

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Carl Mas

MS

Hydrogen as an Energy Carrier: Modeling of Electrolytic Hydrogen Production Systems (’04 MS)

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Eric Martinot

MA, PhD

Wind-Generated Electric Power in the Soviet Union: Geographical and Technical Prospects (’91 MA) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Russia: Perspectives and Problems of International Technology Transfer and Investment (’95 ... 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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Fernando Manibog

PhD

A Rural Energy Survey and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Renewable Energy Technologies for a Philippine Island Community (’82 Ph.D.)

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Michael Maniates

MA, PhD

Local Governments and Solar Energy: The San Francisco Example (’83 M.A.) Organizing for Rural Energy Development: Improved Cookstoves, Local Organizations, and the State in Gujarat, India (’90 Ph.D.)

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Feng Liu

MA

Energy Use and Conservation in China’s Residential and Commercial Sectors: Patterns, Problems, and Prospects (’92 M.A.)

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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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Jonathan Koomey

MS, PhD

A Simplified Spreadsheet Model for Assessing the Load and Energy Impacts of Demand-Side Programs for Selected Residential Appliances (’86 MS) Energy Efficiency Choices in New Office Buildings: An Investigation of ... Continue Reading »

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Charles Kirubi

MS, PhD

How Important is Modern Energy for Micro-Enterprises? Evidence from Rural Kenya (’06 MS) Expanding Access to Off-grid Rural Electrification in Africa: An Analysis of Community-based Micro-grids in Kenya (’09 PhD)

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Kinzig, Ann

Ann Kinzig

PhD

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Ann Kinzig Ph.D. ’94 Professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University Perhaps more than most alumni, Ann Kinzig’s intellectual path has traversed ERG’s interdisciplinary ... 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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Taylor Keep

MS

Continuous Demand Response: Using Loads to Manage Real-Time Energy Imbalance on the Electricity Grid (’11 MS)

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Joshua Kay

MS

Analysis of the Performance and Cost Effectiveness of Nine Small Wind Energy Conversion Systems Funded by the DOE Small Grants Program (’82 M.S.)

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Kamal Kapadia

MA, PhD

Can Energy Markets Work for Rural Development? An Analysis of World Bank/GEF Rural Electriciation Projects in Sri Lanka (’03 MA) Developments after a Disaster: The Tsunami, Poverty, Conflict and Reconstruction ... Continue Reading »

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Fredrich Kahrl

MS, PhD

China’s Carbon Challenge (MS ’07) Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in China: Growth, Transition, and Institutional Change (PhD ’11)

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Kathryn Janda

MS, PhD

Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings (’93 M.S.) Building Change: Effects of Professional Culture and Organizational Context on Energy Efficiency Adoption in Buildings (’98 Ph.D.)

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Donna Green

MA, PhD

Renewable Energy Technology Systems for Remote Area Electrification in Indonesia: A Critical Review of Technology Transfer (’00 M.A.) Power Games: The Political Use of Solar Technology in Northern Thailand (04 PhD)

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Kathleen Greely

MS

Energy Conservation Retrofits in Public Housing: An Analysis of Their Energy Savings and Cost-Effectiveness (85 MS)

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Anand Gopal

PhD

Life of Sugar: Developing Lifecycle Methods to Evaluate the Energy and Environmental Impacts of Sugarcane Biofuels (PhD ’11)

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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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Peter Goering

MA

Residential Energy Demand Analysis: Theory and Practice (85 MA)

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Brandon Glenn

MS

Renewable Energy Certificates and Project Development: A Case Study of the Rosebud Wind Turbine’s Success (’09 MS)

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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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Merrian Fuller

MA

Enabling Investments in Energy Efficiency: A study of energy efficiency programs that reduce first-cost barriers in the residential sector (’09 MA)

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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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Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo

MA

Energy in a Developing Country: The Peruvian Case (’80 M.A.)

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Kristen Durham

MS

Planning a Bioenergy Future: Understanding uncertainty in biomass resource assessment in China (MS ’08)

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Reuben Deumling

MA, PhD

The Industrial Ecology of Household Refrigerators: Product Life and the Demand for Materials and Energy (’99 MA) Public Policies, Private Choices: Consumer Desire and the Practice of Energy Efficiency (’08 ... Continue Reading »

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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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Elisabeth Derby

MA

Appliance Standards Transplantation: Applicability of a United States-based Energy Efficiency Standards Model in Costa Rica (’01 M.A.)

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Lynn Danielson

MA

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

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Craig Conner

MS

The Effect of Exterior Surface Absorptivity and Emissivity on Energy Use in Residential Buildings (81 MS)

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Jeffrey Cole

MS

Sustainable Finance for Sustainable Energy: Private Sector Solar Rural Electrification (MA 01)

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Christian Casillas

MS, PhD

Wind generation: A step towards energy independence on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (MS ’08) Exploring the role of information in development policy and practice in the fields of rural ... Continue Reading »

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William Carroll

PhD

Energy and Economic Optimization of Conduction-Dominated Buildings (86 PhD)

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Frank Carroll

PhD

Farm-level Agricultural Energy Technologies in an Egyptian Village: Engineering and Socio-Economic Characteristics and Consequences in the Context of the Political Economy of Food Security (94 PhD)

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Douglas Bushey

MA, PhD

Renewable Energy Systems in Rural Eritrea – Concepts for Three Wind-Powered, Village-Scale, Clean Development Mechanism Projects (MA ’05) Building an International Administrative Law of Expertise: Law and Science in the ... Continue Reading »

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Maureen Burke

MA

Energy Price Increases and Low-Income Americans (80 MA)

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Burnet Brown

MS

The Health and Safety Implications of Increased Coal Production and Utilization Under the 1978 National Energy Act: An Assessment Two Years After Passage (80 MS)

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Audrey Barrett

MS

A Framework for Characterizing the Health Footprint of our Energy Choices (’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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Seel, Joachim

Joachim Seel

MPP, MS, PhD

Landing on the Sun! How to Make Residential PV Price-Competitive in the U.S. with Lessons Learned in Germany (MS/MPP ’12) Socio-Economic and Engineering Assessments of Renewable Energy cost Reduction Potential (PhD ... Continue Reading »

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Newman, Erica

Erica Newman

MS, PhD

Erica’s niche is fire, particularly in the ecologically sensitive region of French Polynesia. She has already been trained as a physicist, but her curiosity draws her to ecology. ERG has become a unique place for Erica to explore her aspirations in the biological sciences alongside those who have successfully trekked through similar transitions. Read in her own words how Erica has fine-tuned her fascinations while at ERG.

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Kent Anderson

MS, PhD

Energy and Materials Implications of Passive Solar Heating Technologies (77 M.S.) Conservation vs. Energy Supply: An Economic and Environmental Comparison of Alternatives for Space Conditioning of New Residences (87 Ph. ... 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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Tabone, Michaelangelo

Michaelangelo Tabone

MS, PhD

Michaelangelo Tabone (MS 2012) is a PhD student in ERG advised by Dr. Duncan Callaway. His research focuses on applying novel statistical methods to topics in energy analysis. Most recently, ... 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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Sognnaes, Ida

Ida Sognnaes

MA

Ida Sognnaes is a PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group. She is originally from Norway and came to Berkeley for the first time as part of her five ... 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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Sangchote, Chayaporn

Chayaporn Sangchote

MS

Exploring the Impacts of ASEAN Energy Cooperation on the Renewable Energy Development and Policy Implementation of the ASEAN Members (MS ’14)

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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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Sager, Jalel

Jalel Sager

MA, PhD

Formerly a freelance writer and founding director of the Vietnam Green Building Council (2007-2009), Jalel remains a board member and international coordinator for Green Cities Fund (its NGO parent).  In ... Continue Reading »

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Romankiewicz, John

John Romankiewicz

MPP, MS

John Romankiewicz is an MS/MPP candidate in the Energy & Resources Group and Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. He is the VP of Membership for the Berkeley ... Continue Reading »

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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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Reilly, Jessica

Jessica Reilly

MS, PhD

Jess studies the impact of and adaptation to climate change on Latin America’s coasts. Currently, she travels on her 39-foot sailboat, Oleada, down the Pacific coast of Mexico and Central ... Continue Reading »

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Quesada,Emily

Emily Quesada

MS

An Evaluation of the Triple Bottom Line Business Case For Reshoring Manufacturing (MS ’14) Emily Quesada received her B.A. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. She subsequently served ... Continue Reading »

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Ponce de Leon Barido, Diego

Diego Ponce de Leon Barido

MS, PhD

Demand-side Knowledge for Sustainable Decarbonization in Resource Constrained Environments: Applied Research at the Intersection of Behavior, Data-mining, and Technology (PhD ’18) Links: Personal Website Life at ERG Blog Posts ALUMNI ... Continue Reading »

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Preskill, Autumn

Autumn Preskill

MS, PhD

Autumn Petros-Good received her B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College in 2009, and her M.S. from ERG in 2011 and her PhD from ERG in 2015. She worked on ... Continue Reading »

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Carla Peterman

PhD

State-Level Regulations Effectiveness in Addressing Global Climate Change and Promoting Solar Energy Deployment (PhD ’17)

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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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Andrew Mills

MS

Wind Energy in Indian Country:  Turning to Wind for the Seventh Generation (MS ’06)

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Mileva, Ana

Ana Mileva

MPP, MS, PhD

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions, System Flexibility Requirements, and Drivers of Storage Deployment in the Western North American Power System through 2050 (PhD ’14) Ana’s PhD research is in modeling electricity ... Continue Reading »

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Mercado, Andrea

Andrea Mercado

MS

Andrea graduated from UC Merced with a BS in Applied Mathematics on Engineering Mechanics and a minor in Writing. During her time at UCM, Andrea interned for UCM Facilities as ... Continue Reading »

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Marsters, Peter

Peter Marsters

MA

Peter Marsters is a Master’s candidate at ERG focusing on the environmental impacts of unconventional fossil fuel developments. He came to ERG from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, ... Continue Reading »

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Mandel, Benjamin

Benjamin Mandel

MPP, MS

Minding Electron Leakage: How Utility Regulation Can Improve Upstream Energy Efficiency (MS ’14) Ben is a concurrent MS-MPP degree student in ERG and the Goldman School of Public Policy. His ... Continue Reading »

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Lu, Hongyou

Hongyou Lu

MPP, MS

Hongyou is a concurrent MS-MPP student in ERG and the Goldman School of Public Policy. She also works at the China Energy Group of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her ... 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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Kittner, Noah

Noah Kittner

MS, PhD

Energy Systems Integration and Innovation for a Clean Energy Transition (PhD ’18) Noah is an MS/PhD student at ERG. After graduating with a BS in Environmental Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, ... Continue Reading »

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Joseph Kantenbacher

MS, PhD

Joe’s broad research interests include sustainable consumption and pro-environmental behavior change. His dissertation explores the linkages between psychological well-being and the environment, arguing that happiness and sustainability are synergistic concepts ... 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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He, Gang

Gang He

PhD

Gang’s research work focuses on energy mod­el­ing, energy eco­nom­ics, energy and cli­mate pol­icy, coal and power sec­tors and their key role in both the global energy sup­ply and in inter­na­tional ... Continue Reading »

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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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Gordon, Pierce

Pierce Gordon

MS, PhD

Investigating Innovation Practice: Cross-disciplinary Studies in International Development (PhD ’18) As a NSF, Chancellor’s, and InFEWS Fellow in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG), Pierce investigates frameworks, methodologies, and contexts ... Continue Reading »

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Gershenson, Dimitry

Dimitry Gershenson

MS

Dimitry currently works as a Program Manager on Facebook’s Global Impact Partnerships Team. Prior to Facebook, Dimitry was a graduate student at ERG where he worked on market assessment for ... 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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Mark Dyson

MS

Economic, technological, and policy aspects of integrating renewable energy into existing electricity systems using innovative demand response strategies.

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Dodds, Luke

Luke Dodds

MA

Climate and energy policies; the science of climate change and the relationship between happiness and consumption.

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Dimitrova, Tanya

Tanya Dimitrova

MS

REDD Hot: How One Community Defends its Forest One Carbon Credit at a Time (MS ’14) Tanya was born and grew up in Bulgaria. She came to ERG after a ... Continue Reading »

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Deshmukh, Ranjit

Ranjit Deshmukh

PhD

India’s Low Carbon Electricity Futures (PhD ’17) Ranjit’s research efforts largely focus on addressing the clean energy and energy access challenges in developing nations. As part of both the International ... Continue Reading »

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Dar, Zubair

Zubair Dar

MA

Zubair is a Master’s student who researches water policy and management of international river basins, and is particularly focused on hydro-politics of the Indus basin. He has researched the relationship ... 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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Carvallo Bodelon, Juan Pablo

Juan Pablo Carvallo Bodelon

MS, PhD

Mind the Gap: Bridging Strategies for Universal Energy Access (PhD ’19) Since graduating as an electronics engineer in 2004, JP Carvallo has been working, studying, and researching different aspects of ... Continue Reading »

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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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Alstone, Peter

Peter Alstone

PhD

Peter’s research focus areas are information technology approaches to energy development, understanding markets for demand-side energy technology, and energy technology policy. Outside of academics, he contributes to the Lighting Global ... Continue Reading »

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Aden, Nate

Nate Aden

MS, PhD

Taking the Man Out of Manufacturing: Drivers and Components of Industrial Sector Low-Carbon Transformation (PhD ’17) Nate Aden completed his PhD at the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and is ... 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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Transforming Africa’s Energy Sector

Transforming Africa’s Energy Sector

Dan Kammen and co-authors argue in the journal Science that a major transformation is needed to meet the needs of Africa's growing population.

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ERG’s Dan Kammen Interviewed in MCJ Podcast On Nuclear Energy, Carbon Pricing, and More

Carbon Pricing ERG’s Dan Kammen Interviewed in MCJ Podcast On Nuclear Energy

ERG professor Dan Kammen was featured in the latest episode of the My Climate Journey (MCJ) Podcast. Kammen discussed numerous topics, including the feasibility of carbon pricing in the US, the implications of switching a fossil fuel economy to a renewable economy, and much more. "There's no question that 100% renewables is possible. I've done a lot of research, my lab works on scenarios to get the U.S., China, Mexico, Kenya, Bangladesh, Morocco to 100% renewables. And in many cases where the technology mix is improving enough, the climate favors that you can do that. It's also a case that we are not today ready to think about a solar and wind only world, but solar and wind plus storage, plus geothermal, plus potentially nuclear," Kammen states.

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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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Dan Kammen Leads Global Minima Podcast on Energy, Data, and Canned Air

Data Dan Kammen Leads Global Minima Podcast on Energy

ERG Professor Dan Kammen was recently featured on Global Minima, a podcast by Sustainabilist, in an episode titled "Dan Kammen on Energy, Data, and Canned Air (GM101)".

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ERGies Contribute to IEEE “Electricity for All: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions for Energy-Disadvantaged Communities”

Challenges ERGies Contribute to IEEE “Electricity for All: Issues

Several ERGies recently contributed articles to an IEEE Special Issue on "Electricity for All: Issues, Challenges, and Solutions for Energy-Disadvantaged Communities."

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ERG’s Isa Ferrall and Haas Teammates Win “Energy in Emerging Markets” Case Competition

ERG’s Isa Ferrall and Haas Teammates Win “Energy in Emerging Markets” Case Competition

The case competition, hosted Nov. 6 by the MBA Energy Club at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, required a team of three to five graduate students to compare the electrical ... Continue Reading »

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ERG’s Isa Ferrall and Haas Teammates Win “Energy in Emerging Markets” Case Competition

ERG’s Isa Ferrall and Haas Teammates Win “Energy in Emerging Markets” Case Competition

The case competition, hosted Nov. 6 by the MBA Energy Club at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, required a team of three to five graduate students to compare the electrical ... Continue Reading »

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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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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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New ERG Courses Focus on Data, Energy, Ecosystems, Climate Change

Energy New ERG Courses Focus on Data

The Energy and Resources Group has announced two new courses this fall addressing current, timely topics in energy and environment. Registration is open.

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A Battery of Choices – Energy Storage in the 21st Century

A Battery of Choices – Energy Storage in the 21st Century

As the world moves away from using traditional fossil fuels and towards sources of renewable energy like wind and solar, securing cost-effective ways to store this electricity is essential. ERG ... Continue Reading »

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EU Renewable Energy Plan for 2030 Allows Countries to Cut Down and Burn Additional Trees for Energy

EU Renewable Energy Plan for 2030 Allows Countries to Cut Down and Burn Additional Trees for Energy

The European Union has set ambitious goals for its renewable energy portfolio in order to drastically reduce emissions by 2030. However, the current version of its plan essentially allows for ... Continue Reading »

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CNR’s Breakthroughs Magazine Highlights ERG Students and Faculty for Research on Energy Storage, Carbon Footprints, and More

Carbon Footprints CNR’s Breakthroughs Magazine Highlights ERG Students and Faculty for Research on Energy Storage

The College of Natural Resources has issued its Fall 2017 Breakthroughs magazine, featuring research from many ERG students and faculty. From Chris Jones and Dan Kammen’s comprehensive carbon footprint calculator ... Continue Reading »

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Kammen on Energy in Africa: Why Renewables Will Give More People Access to Energy than Coal

Kammen on Energy in Africa: Why Renewables Will Give More People Access to Energy than Coal

ERG Professor Dan Kammen was quoted in CarbonBrief this week, reinforcing the International Energy Agency’s assertion that renewable energy is emerging as a cheaper and more socially responsible alternative to coal ... Continue Reading »

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Lessons from Fracking in the USA and Mexico – ERG’s Kammen, Ponce de Leon, and Marsters Examine Mexico’s Energy Future

Ponce de Leon Lessons from Fracking in the USA and Mexico – ERG’s Kammen

Last week, Dan Kammen, Diego Ponce de Leon, and Peter Marsters published their analysis of the environmental, social, economic, and community impacts of the shale industry on Mexico. The team ... 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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Dan Kammen: Renewable Energy, the Effects of Climate Change on Tropical Storms, and his Science Envoy Resignation

the Effects of Climate Change on Tropical Storms Dan Kammen: Renewable Energy

Photo: Lizette Kabré After a few hectic weeks in the news, Energy and Resources Professor Dan Kammen reflects on his resignation as State Department Science Envoy and highlights the continued importance ... 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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ERG Ph.D. Candidate Grace Wu – New Tool Helps African Countries Find the Best Sites for Renewable Energy Projects

ERG Ph.D. Candidate Grace Wu – New Tool Helps African Countries Find the Best Sites for Renewable Energy Projects

ERG Ph.D. candidate Grace Wu is featured in this IEEE Spectrum article on a tool called Multicriteria Analysis for Planning Renewable Energy (MapRE)

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ERG PhD’s Deshmukh and Wu – The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in Africa

ERG PhD’s Deshmukh and Wu – The Economic Case for Wind and Solar Energy in Africa

ERG PhD students Ranjit Deshmukh and Grace Wu discuss their research on cost-efficient renewable energy solutions to meet Africa's energy demands with Berkeley Lab.

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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 Comments on What’s at Stake as Trump Takes Aim at Clean Energy Research

Kammen Comments on What’s at Stake as Trump Takes Aim at Clean Energy Research

ERG professor Dan Kammen commented in this MIT Technology Review article on reports that the Trump administration intends to shut down or slash resources for select Department of Energy programs.

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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’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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BBC interviews ERG PhD Lara on Costa Rica Energy Policy

BBC interviews ERG PhD Lara on Costa Rica Energy Policy

ERG PhD student José Lara was interviewed for BBC on Costa Rica and its green energy policy.

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Shaw, Shirley & Kammen: Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution

Shirley & Kammen: Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution Shaw

ERG grad student Britt Shaw, along with ERG alumna Rebekah Shirley and Professor Dan Kammen, spoke on clean energy earlier this month at the Commonwealth Club's event "Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution Worldwide."

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Energy and Environment- Understanding China’s non-fossil energy targets.

Energy and Environment- Understanding China’s non-fossil energy targets.

ERG student John Romankiewicz and ERG alumni Joanna Lewis share their research on China's energy targets and the transparency in international negotiations with Science.

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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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China’s Energy Choices To Pave The Way For The World

China’s Energy Choices To Pave The Way For The World

ERG students Anne-Perrine Avrin (MS'15) will be presenting her research at the Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference held in Paris, France from 7-10 July 2015.

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A unique moment in history for “sustainable energy for all”

A unique moment in history for “sustainable energy for all”

ERG team study showing how off-grid power can improve equality in energy access published in Nature Climate Change. Interview with lead author Peter Alstone.

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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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Why people use less energy on Super Bowl Sunday

Why people use less energy on Super Bowl Sunday

Data provided by Joseph Kantenbacher, ERG PhD candidate, underpins an analysis showing how it is that significantly less energy is used by Americans on Super Bowl Sunday.

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How will ambitious energy goals transform CA?

How will ambitious energy goals transform CA?

Listen to the discussion on Governor Browns ambitions energy plan with Dan Kammen and Peter Miller.

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How Happiness Saves You Energy

How Happiness Saves You Energy

ERG PhD candidate, Joseph Kantenbacher (MS'09), reveals how we can lower carbon emissions by doing things we enjoy.

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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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Rethinking Energy on Islands

Rethinking Energy on Islands

Rebekah Shirley (ERG PhD) and Professor Dan Kammen show how small-scale energy can work in the Pacific Islands.

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Holdren Sets New Course for US Energy

Holdren Sets New Course for US Energy

President Obama's top science advisor and ERG Co-founder, John Holdren, is confident that America's next energy plan "will make a difference."

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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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New Climate Equity and Environmental Justice Cluster Brings Faculty Mills-Novoa to ERG

New Climate Equity and Environmental Justice Cluster Brings Faculty Mills-Novoa to ERG

Meg Mills-Novoa has joined the Energy and Resources Group as part of a group of new faculty members recruited through Rausser College's Climate Equity and Environmental Justice cluster initiative to further climate justice research.

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Berkeley Lab and ERG’s Kammen Agree Electrifying Trucking Proves More Cost-Efficient

Berkeley Lab and ERG’s Kammen Agree Electrifying Trucking Proves More Cost-Efficient

Electrified vehicles are just simply much cheaper to own and operate

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ERG Alumni Deshmukh, Phadke and Professor Callaway Suggest India Double Down on Renewables

Phadke and Professor Callaway Suggest India Double Down on Renewables ERG Alumni Deshmukh

ERG alumni Ranjit Deshmukh, Amol Phadke and associate professor Duncan Callaway recently had their research, "Least-cost targets and avoided fossil fuel capacity in India’s pursuit of renewable energy" published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their analysis on India’s power usage, weather patterns and energy infrastructure was featured in the The Current, and suggests that the country is "well positioned to take advantage of green energy sources".

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ERG Dan Kammen Presents “Climate Justice and Global Decarbonization”

ERG Dan Kammen Presents “Climate Justice and Global Decarbonization”

ERG professor Dan Kammen presents his talk, "Climate Justice and Global Decarbonization", featured on the Mines Global Energy Future Initiative. Watch his full presentation with the link here.

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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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Earthweek Features ERG Professor Margaret Torn’s Lead Research on Net-Zero Emissions

Earthweek Features ERG Professor Margaret Torn’s Lead Research on Net-Zero Emissions

ERG adjunct professor Margaret Torn was recently featured in Earthweek for her leading research in how the U.S can reach zero net emissions of carbon dioxide in 2050 by shifting energy infrastructure to operate mainly on renewable energy. “It means that by 2050 we need to build many gigawatts of wind and solar power plants, new transmission lines, a fleet of electric cars and light trucks, millions of heat pumps to replace conventional furnaces and water heaters, and more energy-efficient buildings,” Torn states.

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Adaptation for Climate Change Impacts Researched by ERG Student Szinai and Professor Jones

Adaptation for Climate Change Impacts Researched by ERG Student Szinai and Professor Jones

ERG PhD student Julia Szinai and assistant adjunct professor Andrew Jones were recently featured in AGU news for their research on evaluating cross-sectoral impacts of climate change and adaptations on the energy-water nexus.  “How we adapt to climate change in the water sector can exacerbate or offset impacts on the grid,” Szinai states. “And so those interactions shouldn’t be ignored in planning.”

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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’s Dan Kammen on How Decreased CO2 Emissions Shape the Future of Electric Vehicles

ERG’s Dan Kammen on How Decreased CO2 Emissions Shape the Future of Electric Vehicles

In a recent Sustainability Times article, ERG professor Dan Kammen explains how pandemic lockdowns resulted in historic drops in our CO2 emissions. Additionally, Kammen's previous study on how exactly COVID-19 lowered said Co2 emissions was featured in a Berkeley News article, arguing that a move towards greater usage of electric-powered vehicles would "reduce the major greenhouse gas responsible for climate change and global warming". "The greatest reduction of emissions was observed in the ground transportation sector. Largely because of working from home restrictions, transport CO2 emissions decreased by 40% worldwide,” Kammen stated. Read how the pandemic lockdowns decreased Co2 emissions here, and what this means for the future usage of electric vehicles here.

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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 Kammen on New Berkeley Study — “90% carbon-free electricity achievable by 2035”

ERG Kammen on New Berkeley Study — “90% carbon-free electricity achievable by 2035”

In a new Berkeley study “2035 – The Report: Plummeting Solar, Wind, and Battery Costs Can Accelerate Our Clean Energy Future,” ERG professor Dan Kammen comments that its findings of the U.S. being able to achieve 90% carbon-free, “clean” electricity could become a reality. "That goal – 90% carbon-free electricity by 2035 – can be achieved without increasing consumer electricity costs 'at all,'" Kammen states. "Solar, wind, and storage costs have fallen so significantly that even conservative leaders, conservative states, districts, countries can legitimately look at renewables, and actually economically need to look at renewables, as their next purchases.”

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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 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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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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ERG Alumnus Christopher Jones Featured on the New York Times Linking Heat Waves and COVID-19 Risks

ERG Alumnus Christopher Jones Featured on the New York Times Linking Heat Waves and COVID-19 Risks

ERG Alumnus Christopher Jones was recently featured on a New York Times article depicting communities facing a "double spikes of risk" from the Coronavirus and heat waves.

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“Health of People”⁠— Kammen Contributes Chapter in Open-Access, Collaborative Book

Collaborative Book “Health of People”⁠— Kammen Contributes Chapter in Open-Access

"Health of People, Health of Planet and Our Responsibility" is a recently published, fully open-access book that came out of discussions at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences with the Pope and members of the joint Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Science. ERG Professor Dan Kammen contributed his own chapter, "Defeating energy poverty", which is included in a section on taking action from a scientific basis.

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Berkeley Graduate Division Honors ERG PhD Student Jess Carney “Outstanding GSI Award”

Berkeley Graduate Division Honors ERG PhD Student Jess Carney “Outstanding GSI Award”

ERG PhD Jess Carney has recently been awarded by the Berkeley Graduate Division an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award for her work in Dan Kammen's Energy & Society. Carney not only acted as Head GSI, but she also worked with Kammen to develop and improve the course. She also took charge of steering the summer Energy & Society online course, which presented its own unique challenges.

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COVID-19 Shifting the Paradigm— ERG Kammen and Student Vasquez Speak at Live Broadcast

COVID-19 Shifting the Paradigm— ERG Kammen and Student Vasquez Speak at Live Broadcast

ERG professor Dan Kammen and ERG PhD student Valeri Vasquez have recently spoken alongside a live panel of UC Berkeley experts in the live broadcast "Climate Change and COVID-19: Can this crisis shift the paradigm?".

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CNN Interviews Kammen on COVID-19 and Pollution Levels

CNN Interviews Kammen on COVID-19 and Pollution Levels

ERG professor Dan Kammen was recently featured in a CNN interview discussing the effects of COVID-19 on pollution levels around the world.

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ERG Student Anushah Hossain Awarded Peter Lyman and Subir Chowdhury Fellowships

ERG Student Anushah Hossain Awarded Peter Lyman and Subir Chowdhury Fellowships

Anushah Hossain, a Ph.D. student in the Energy & Resource Group, has recently been awarded two different fellowships. Hossain was awarded the Peter Lyman Graduate Fellowship for "her dissertation on a multi-lingual internet", as well as the Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality of Life in Bangladesh to "support her research on open access software communities in South Asia".

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Creating a Green Solution⁠— Kammen Contributes to Proposed Coronavirus Bill

Creating a Green Solution⁠— Kammen Contributes to Proposed Coronavirus Bill

ERG professor Dan Kammen has recently joined a group of progressive policymakers to create green policy proposals that includes an economic stimulus package. The bill aims to help the nation recover from the coronavirus pandemic while simultaneously combating climate change.

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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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Dan Kammen Critics Trump Administration’s Appointment for EPA Position

Dan Kammen Critics Trump Administration’s Appointment for EPA Position

ERG Dan Kammen was recently quoted on KQED criticing the Trump Administration's decision to appoint "former PG&E attorney to head the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office in San Francisco."

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ERG Alum Evan Mills Cited for Xbox Emissions Research

ERG Alum Evan Mills Cited for Xbox Emissions Research

ERG Alumnus Evan Mills' research on the carbon emissions of gaming systems was recently cited on Grist. The article, titled "How the Xbox stands between Microsoft and its climate goals", uses Mills' research to display how gaming consoles like the Xbox have a significant impact on annual emissions.

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The Beam features Kammen on the Critical Lack of Clean Cooking

The Beam features Kammen on the Critical Lack of Clean Cooking

ERG professor Dan Kammen recently published a collaborative article on the Beam discussing the challenge of not only providing clean cooking energy services as a basic necessity, but how new technological improvements like the biomass improved cookstove can be more efficiently implemented.

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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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Valeri Vasquez Returns with the All-Women Expedition from Antarctic Voyage

Valeri Vasquez Returns with the All-Women Expedition from Antarctic Voyage

Valeri Vasquez, an ERG graduate student, has recently returned with the largest-ever delegation of 100 women from a month long expedition in Antarctica. Their journey to the frozen continent was part of an initiative to bring more women into STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medical fields), fighting climate change and women empowerment.

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Dan Kammen and Researchers Urge More Aggressive Action Against Climate Change

Dan Kammen and Researchers Urge More Aggressive Action Against Climate Change

In a new study done by ERG's Dan Kammen and a team of researchers, analysis shows that global warming crisis is worse than previously thought. However, their research also shows how it is completely possible for countries to achieve an increased and sustainable rate of decarbonisation through more aggressive policies against climate change.

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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 and RAEL Address the Racial Inequalities in Solar Deployment on The Beam

Kammen and RAEL Address the Racial Inequalities in Solar Deployment on The Beam

ERG’s Dan Kammen and RAEL investigate how the benefits of solar energy is not distributed equally among individuals, and how there are racial disparities especially in rooftop solar PV deployment ... Continue Reading »

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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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Kammen to Speak at Climate of Action in Napa Valley

Kammen to Speak at Climate of Action in Napa Valley

Climate of Change is an event dedicated to empowering action on climate change; twelve experts, including Daniel Kammen, were invited to speak on the behalf of such a pressing issue. ... Continue Reading »

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On Science— Kammen Explores the Industrial Drivers of a Low-carbon Economy

On Science— Kammen Explores the Industrial Drivers of a Low-carbon Economy

In an recent article on Science, Kammen contributes insight on the possibilities of harnessing renewable energy through various techniques.

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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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Dan Kammen and Tom Steyer Comment on the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity

Dan Kammen and Tom Steyer Comment on the Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity

A recent report released from the United Nations details the threat that climate change and human activities pose to hundreds of thousands of plant and animal species and their biodiversity. ... Continue Reading »

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Noah Kittner and Dan Kammen Argue for Solar and Wind Over Hydropower in Nature Article

Noah Kittner and Dan Kammen Argue for Solar and Wind Over Hydropower in Nature Article

Recent ERG alum Noah Kittner (MS ’15, PhD ’18) and professor Dan Kammen, along with Stanford postdoc Rafael Schmitt and UC Berkeley professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Matt ... Continue Reading »

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New ERG Course: Data, Environment and Society

Environment and Society New ERG Course: Data

Data, Environment and Society (ENERES 131) Professor Duncan Callaway Lecture (#33105) TT 9:30 – 11am Labs (#33106) M 10am – 12pm or (#33276) W 10am – 12pm This course will teach ... Continue Reading »

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Alum Chris Jones Featured on Berkeley Talks Podcast

Alum Chris Jones Featured on Berkeley Talks Podcast

As part of April’s Cool Campus Challenge, ERG alumnus Chris Jones (MS ’05, PhD ’14), now director of the CoolClimate Network, sat down with student reporters from the Goldman School ... Continue Reading »

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Two ERG Alumni Named Top 50 Green Innovators and Influencers by Grist Magazine

Two ERG Alumni Named Top 50 Green Innovators and Influencers by Grist Magazine

Sam Arons (MS ’07) and Joshua Apte (PhD ’13) were named as the 2019 “Grist 50” — a list of the most innovative and influential leaders in sustainability. Grist is ... Continue Reading »

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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 student Hausfather in Science: Oceans are warming even faster than previously thought

ERG student Hausfather in Science: Oceans are warming even faster than previously thought

“If you want to see where global warming is happening, look in our oceans,” said Zeke Hausfather, a graduate student in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and co-author of the paper. “Ocean heating is a very important indicator of climate change, and we have robust evidence that it is warming more rapidly than we thought.”

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Study finds racial inequality in the deployment of rooftop solar

Study finds racial inequality in the deployment of rooftop solar

A new study by researchers at UC Berkeley and Tufts University shows fewer rooftop solar photovoltaics installations exist in African-American and Hispanic-dominant neighborhoods than in white-dominant neighborhoods, even when controlling ... Continue Reading »

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NPR Interviews Dan Kammen On U.N. Climate Convention

NPR Interviews Dan Kammen On U.N. Climate Convention

NPR’s Michel Martin interviewed ERG Professor Dan Kammen on the U.N. climate talks December, 2018 in Poland. “Unfortunately, because the U.S. backed out, that’s left a number of holes. Essentially, ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Student Chris Hyun Highlighted as InFEWS Fellow

ERG Student Chris Hyun Highlighted as InFEWS Fellow

InFEWS fellowships are granted to students whose PhD research aims to provide lasting environmental solutions and alleviate poverty in the world’s poorest regions. The Blum Center for Developing Economies recently ... 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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ERG Research Shows Reliability of Independent Solar Power in Sub-Saharan Africa

ERG Research Shows Reliability of Independent Solar Power in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nature Energy recently published research by ERG PhD Student Jonathan Lee and Professor Duncan Callaway quantifying the cost of reliability for decentralized solar and battery systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Their ... 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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ERG Alumni Deshmukh, Mileva, and Wu Explore Renewable Alternatives to Mega Hydropower

Mileva ERG Alumni Deshmukh

ERG alumni Ranjit Deshmukh, Ana Mileva, and Grace Wu recently published their research on alternatives to the hydroelectric power Inga III Dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The ... Continue Reading »

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What Does Development Mean for the Stateless?

What Does Development Mean for the Stateless?

For over one million Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, water and sanitation, health, and shelter are crucial issues. ERG PhD student Samira Siddique examines the importance of ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Alum Steve Fetter Named UMD Assoc Provost and Dean

ERG Alum Steve Fetter Named UMD Assoc Provost and Dean

The University of Maryland has named ERG alumnus Steve Fetter as Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.

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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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2018’s Greenest States — John Harte Weighs In

2018’s Greenest States — John Harte Weighs In

Have you ever wondered which states in the U.S. are the most environmentally conscious? The least? “In order to highlight the greenest states and call out those doing a poor ... Continue Reading »

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Efficiency, Cost, and Environmental Benefits of Self-Driving Electric Taxis in NYC

Cost Efficiency

“What would it look like if all Yellow Cabs in Manhattan were replaced with self-driving electric taxis? How much battery range would they need, and where would you put charging ... Continue Reading »

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How Does Building a New Suburb Affect the Atmosphere?

How Does Building a New Suburb Affect the Atmosphere?

A team of scientists at the University of Utah as well as several other universities decided to take a closer look at the effects of expanding suburban communities near Salt ... Continue Reading »

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Misplaced Praise – How Kosovo Took a Step in the Wrong Direction

Misplaced Praise – How Kosovo Took a Step in the Wrong Direction

The U.S. government recently congratulated the government of Kosovo for signing a contract with American multi-national corporation Contour Global to build a new 500 MW coal-fired power plant. Kosovo highlights ... Continue Reading »

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Transportation Emissions in Mexico City – How Big Data is Driving Change

Transportation Emissions in Mexico City – How Big Data is Driving Change

Mexico City is one of the most congested cities in the world, and it’s taking a toll on the health of its citizens and the environment. Sergio Castellanos, a postdoctoral ... Continue Reading »

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Solar Powered “Net-Zero Community” on Lopez Island, WA

WA Solar Powered “Net-Zero Community” on Lopez Island

ERG alumni Chris and Chom Greacen explain the vision and execution that brought to life the Common Ground community on Lopez Island, WA. Read about the project’s origins and objectives, efficiency ... 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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Zeke Hausfather Cited by the Washington Post on 2017’s Concerning Temperatures

Zeke Hausfather Cited by the Washington Post on 2017’s Concerning Temperatures

Recently, scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2017 was among the warmest years in history. While the two agencies approach global temperature measurements differently, both ... 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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Climate Change Slowing Down Wind Turbines? Kammen Weighs In

Climate Change Slowing Down Wind Turbines? Kammen Weighs In

With global temperatures increasing, researchers analyze the effects of temperature differences on wind patterns. Multiple studies confirm the possibility of wind resources declining across the Northern Hemisphere, reducing the energy ... Continue Reading »

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Dan Kammen Featured in Fall 2017 Breakthroughs Magazine

Dan Kammen Featured in Fall 2017 Breakthroughs Magazine

In the Fall 2017 issue of the College of Natural Resources’ Breakthroughs magazine, Dan Kammen is spotlighted for the innovative ways in which he has merged science with environmental policy. ... Continue Reading »

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ERG’s EcoBlock Project Selected by Scientific American as a World Changing Idea for 2017

ERG’s EcoBlock Project Selected by Scientific American as a World Changing Idea for 2017

The Oakland EcoBlock Project is an urban sustainability experiment that focuses on reducing the footprint of a typical neighborhood block. As a mini-grid system for shared energy and water in ... 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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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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Northern States Might Profit as the Planet Warms, New Study by ERG Postdoc James Rising Finds

New Study by ERG Postdoc James Rising Finds Northern States Might Profit as the Planet Warms

If you live in the South, climate change could kill your economy.

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International Team, including ERG, publishes “Three years to safeguard our climate” in Nature

including ERG International Team

“The fossil-​​free econ­omy is already profitable.”

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Sustainable Design of Communities: Kammen and Fraker in Scientific American

Sustainable Design of Communities: Kammen and Fraker in Scientific American

Neighborhood efforts to reduce fossil fuel and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions, could go beyond serving as a model for sustainability by providing local construction jobs and revitalizing entire communities.

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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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Renewable Dis-integration?

Renewable Dis-integration?

ERG associate professor Duncan Callaway co-authored this post with ARE associate professor Meredith Fowlie for the Energy Institute at Haas blog on grid dis-integration and the potential economic effects of grid defection.

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ERG Professor Callaway – Solar Power in Africa

ERG Professor Callaway – Solar Power in Africa

ERG Professor Duncan Callaway comments on renewable energy in Africa, noting the advancements in solar technology in Crescent Vale News.

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ERG PhD Lara Speaks at TEDx Pura Vida 2017

ERG PhD Lara Speaks at TEDx Pura Vida 2017

Last week, ERG PhD student José Daniel Lara spoke in Costa Rica at the TEDx Pura Vida 2017 event. Lara’s talk focused on the urgency for Costa Rica to integrate solar energy ... Continue Reading »

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ERG Professor Emeritus John Holdren on Trump Administration Climate Policy

ERG Professor Emeritus John Holdren on Trump Administration Climate Policy

ERG Professor Emeritus John Holdren is featured in the Cape Cod Wave.

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Introducing New ERG Faculty Lara Kueppers

Introducing New ERG Faculty Lara Kueppers

The Energy and Resources Group is delighted to announce the arrival of new core faculty member Lara Kueppers.

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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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Emily Woods – Kenyan Startup Uses the Sun to Turn Human Waste into Cooking Fuel

Emily Woods – Kenyan Startup Uses the Sun to Turn Human Waste into Cooking Fuel

ERG student Emily Woods, CTO and Co-founder of Sanivation, discusses her start-up which converts uses human waste to an affordable and environmentally friendly fuel source.

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Scientific American: Kammen Discusses Climate Action, Despite Trump

Despite Trump Scientific American: Kammen Discusses Climate Action

ERG professor Daniel Kammen is quoted in two Scientific American articles on the COP22 and his reactions Trump's victory.

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Professor Kammen: What Scientists Should Focus on Under Trump

Professor Kammen: What Scientists Should Focus on Under Trump

Nine experts, including ERG Professor Daniel Kammen, reflect on where researchers should direct their efforts during the next US administration.

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ERG Graduate Students Deshmukh and Wu: Can Wind and Solar Fuel Africa’s Future?

ERG Graduate Students Deshmukh and Wu: Can Wind and Solar Fuel Africa’s Future?

ERG Graduate Students Ranjit Deshmukh and Grace Wu's research on renewable energy in Africa was highlighted in a news article in Nature.

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ERG Professor Kammen: Coal Makes Global Poverty Worse

ERG Professor Kammen: Coal Makes Global Poverty Worse

ERG Professor Daniel Kammen discusses how renewable energy offers a road out of poverty, while coal condemns people to it.

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Scholz, ERG Alumna: Disrupting the Social-Change Industry

ERG Alumna: Disrupting the Social-Change Industry Scholz

Alumna Astrid Scholz (PhD 2001, Energy and Resources Group) seeks to disrupt the social-change industry with Sphaera Solutions.

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ERG-led THIMBY Wins Categories in Tiny House Competition

ERG-led THIMBY Wins Categories in Tiny House Competition

The Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY) team won several categories in the 2016 Sacramento Municipal District Tiny House Competition.

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ERG Professors Daniel Kammen and Isha Ray Involved in Development Engineering Program

ERG Professors Daniel Kammen and Isha Ray Involved in Development Engineering Program

ERG professor Dan Kammen and associate professor Isha Ray are highlighted in a UC Berkeley News article on a new NSF grant towards a STEM Training for Actionable Research and Global Impact program with a focus on Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems.

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ERG Professor Kammen: We’re Placing Far too much Hope in Pulling Carbon Dioxide Out of the Air

ERG Professor Kammen: We’re Placing Far too much Hope in Pulling Carbon Dioxide Out of the Air

ERG professor Dan Kammen commented for the Washington Post on the uncertainty of negative emissions as a viable fix for the planet's warming.

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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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ERG PhD Jalel Sager: What Obama Should Do in Laos

ERG PhD Jalel Sager: What Obama Should Do in Laos

ERG PhD candidate Jalel Sager, coauthored an article on President Obama's visit to Laos this week.

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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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Daniel Kammen Supports Tesla-SolarCity Merge

Daniel Kammen Supports Tesla-SolarCity Merge

Elon Musk described the rationale for Tesla to acquire SolarCity and create the “world’s only vertically integrated energy company.’’ - New York Times

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ERG Alumni: Leaders at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

ERG Alumni: Leaders at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Two articles on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory website featured the current work of ERG alumni Ryan Wiser (M.S. '96, Ph.D. '02) and Andrew Jones (M.S. '07, Ph.D. '12).

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THIMBY House Project Is Well Underway!

THIMBY House Project Is Well Underway!

The Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY) is an interdisciplinary team of UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students working together to design and build an affordable, off-grid, 100% solar-powered “tiny” ... Continue Reading »

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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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ERGie Wins Big Ideas Contest

ERGie Wins Big Ideas Contest

"ERG grad student Emily Woods took 2nd place in the 'Scaling up Big Ideas' category with her project 'Feces to Fuel.'"

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Kammen: Panelists Consider Potential of Nuclear Power As Climate Change Solution

Kammen: Panelists Consider Potential of Nuclear Power As Climate Change Solution

ERG professor Dan Kammen spoke on a Cornell University panel on the potential of nuclear power to address global climate change.

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ERG PhD Student Aden in New York Times: Economies Rise as Emissions Fall? Yes, It Can Work

It Can Work ERG PhD Student Aden in New York Times: Economies Rise as Emissions Fall? Yes

The New York Times featured ERG PhD student Nate Aden in an article on Decoupling Economic Growth from Carbon Emissions.

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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 Professor Daniel Kammen Appointed as U.S. Science Envoy

ERG Professor Daniel Kammen Appointed as U.S. Science Envoy

ERG Professor Daniel Kammen has been appointed as one of five U.S. Science Envoys by the US State Department.

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Kammen on Utah Governor Signing Bill to Advance Oakland Coal Plan

Kammen on Utah Governor Signing Bill to Advance Oakland Coal Plan

ERG professor Dan Kammen discusses the new construction of an Oakland cargo terminal that could be used to export Utah coal with KQED News.

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Suburban Living Less ‘Green’ than it Appears, ERG Alumnus Reports

ERG Alumnus Reports Suburban Living Less ‘Green’ than it Appears

ERG alum Christopher Jones comments on suburban sprawl and carbon footprints.

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ERG PhDs in National Geographic: SWITCHing to a Low-Carbon Future

ERG PhDs in National Geographic: SWITCHing to a Low-Carbon Future

ERG PhD students Diego Ponce de Leon Barido and Josiah Johnston published a blog post in National Geographic on renewable energy investments in Nicaragua.

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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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ERG PhD Student on Methane Threat to Clean Power Plan Targets

ERG PhD Student on Methane Threat to Clean Power Plan Targets

ERG PhD student Zeke Hausfather examines threats to the Clean Power Plan that the EPA might have overlooked.

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ERG PhDs: Making Powering Africa a Reality

ERG PhDs: Making Powering Africa a Reality

ERG PhD students Ranjit Deshmukh and Grace Wu share their research on Africa's leap toward clean and affordable energy with World Policy.

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Shaw, ERG Alumna: Helping Agribusiness

ERG Alumna: Helping Agribusiness Shaw

Rebecca Shaw, MA 1992 Energy Resources Group, Ph.D. 1997 ERG, is featured in Berkeley's College of Natural Resources Breakthroughs magazine.

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Woods, ERG PhD on Forbes 30 Under 30 list

ERG PhD on Forbes 30 Under 30 list Woods

Emily Woods makes Forbes 30 Under 30 list for her leadership as co-founder of Sanivation, converting human waste into a sustainable fuel source. See the full story and the rest ... Continue Reading »

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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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The magic number: Holding warming under 2°C is the goal. It may already be too late.

The magic number: Holding warming under 2°C is the goal. It may already be too late.

Dan Kammen comments for the Washington Past on negative emission technology as a key to keep warming to two degrees, without major emissions cuts before the year 2020.

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How to Build a Low-Carbon Future in Developing Nations

How to Build a Low-Carbon Future in Developing Nations

ERG Ph.D. scholars Ranjit Deshmukh and Grace Wu discuss their report on “Designing Low Carbon Electricity Futures for African and Other Developing Economies”

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Beyond emissions: The promise of products from captured carbon

Beyond emissions: The promise of products from captured carbon

ERG Ph.D candidate, Daniel Sanchez, shares his research on capturing, sequestering and burning carbon with GreenBiz.

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2015 ITRI-Rosenfeld Fellowship Winners Announced

2015 ITRI-Rosenfeld Fellowship Winners Announced

Congratulations to ERG postdoctoral fellow Peter Alstone, who was recently announced a winner of the 2015 ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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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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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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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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Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution”

Feeding people on our stressed planet will require a “revolution”

ERG Professor John Harte was featured on Environmental Health News speaking of how the implementation of sustainable energy will play an important role in future food security.

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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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CFCC15: ERG Students Present at Paris Conference

CFCC15: ERG Students Present at Paris Conference

ERG & RAEL students present and engage at scientific conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” ahead of COP21

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Sarawak May See the End of Mega Dams

Sarawak May See the End of Mega Dams

As an alternative to the current Baram Dam project, Professor Daniel Kammen presented the benefits of using renewable energy instead of mega hydro-dams at a press conference held at Kuch­ing, Sarawak, East Malaysia.

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Rand Receives DOE Award for Wind Advocacy

Rand Receives DOE Award for Wind Advocacy

DOE's Wind Program honors ERG graduate student for impact on wind power advocacy

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ERG Awards: Switzer Fellowships, NSF & More

NSF & More ERG Awards: Switzer Fellowships

3 current Switzer fellows, 2 more NSF fellows, and more. See the list of awards ERG students have received.

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CAL-RAE to pilot solar solar microgrid design in rural Uganda

CAL-RAE to pilot solar solar microgrid design in rural Uganda

PhD candidate Jalel Sager, Austin Cappon (ERG minor) and Jonathon Lee to pilot solar microgrid design this spring

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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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Sea Change Radio: Electricity For All with Dan Kammen

Sea Change Radio: Electricity For All with Dan Kammen

Dr. Dan Kammen speaks with Sea Change Radio on getting energy sustainably to those without access.

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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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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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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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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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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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First Direct Observation of Carbon Dioxide’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface

First Direct Observation of Carbon Dioxide’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface

Paper published in Nature by Daniel Feldman and other LBL scientists, including ERG core faculty Margaret Torn.

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Jessica Reilly Sails Around Latin America with International Fellowship

Jessica Reilly Sails Around Latin America with International Fellowship

ERG PhD candidate studies the impact of rising sea levels on coastal life.

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Biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-negative

Biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-negative

Paper by ERG team published in Nature Climate Change this month.

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Time to implement the U.S.-China climate accord

Time to implement the U.S.-China climate accord

Dr. Dan Kammen in Al Jazeera reminds us not to forget US and China's strategic climate partnership.

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A Better Way to Look at Building Efficiency

A Better Way to Look at Building Efficiency

Dr. Kammen interviewed in FuturArc about seeing buildings as systems.

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Apte & Team Find Alarming Pollution Levels

Apte & Team Find Alarming Pollution Levels

ERG alum measures air quality while riding rickshaws in Delhi.

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New Climate Policy Course at ERG

New Climate Policy Course at ERG

In Spring 2015, ERG offers an interdisciplinary, graduate-level survey of historical & current efforts to regulate GHG emissions in the US.

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Dr. Kammen on US-China Climate Deal

Dr. Kammen on US-China Climate Deal

"When the two biggest emitters and two biggest economies jointly do it, it will ideally transform the entire debate..."

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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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RAEL at UN Climate Summit

RAEL at UN Climate Summit

SWITCH model selected as a "Project to Watch" by the UN's Big Data Climate Challenge.

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Dr. Holdren Handles House Climate Deniers

Dr. Holdren Handles House Climate Deniers

"If the United States does not [limit carbon emissions], it is unlikely that other major emitters in the world — China, India, Russia, Europe, Japan — will do so either."

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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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Professor Harte Featured in DOE’s Symmetry

Professor Harte Featured in DOE’s Symmetry

He transitioned from physics to ecology. And at ERG, he's not the only one.

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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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ERG Alum on the Executive Mansion’s Solar Installation

ERG Alum on the Executive Mansion’s Solar Installation

Watch White House scientists, including Dr. Cyrus Wadia (ERG MS'06, PhD'08), talk about the White House's shift toward renewables.

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Microgrid Report by ERG scholars in Nature

Microgrid Report by ERG scholars in Nature

Scholars from ERG and Carnegie Mellon report on the "vicious cycles" of rural microgrids.

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Brandt (PhD’08) publishes in Science on Methane Leaks

Brandt (PhD’08) publishes in Science on Methane Leaks

“People who go out and actually measure methane pretty consistently find more emissions than we expect," claims Adam Brandt, ERG Alum and assistant professor at Stanford.

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ERG Alum Greacen’s book on small power

ERG Alum Greacen’s book on small power

From the bottom up : how small power producers and mini-grids can deliver electrification and renewable energy in Africa

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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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ERG chair named top architecture educator

ERG chair named top architecture educator

Har­ri­son Fraker receives 2014 Topaz Medal­lion for Excel­lence in Archi­tec­tural Edu­ca­tion.

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ERG students win United Nations award

ERG students win United Nations award

Jalel Sager (PhD candidate) and Austin Cappon (Minor) head to Nairobi, Kenya to pick up UN prize for a sustainable energy development project in Vietnam.

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ERG PhD student in New Yorker

ERG Ph.D. student and co-founder of StreetLight Data, Laura Schewel, talks about startups in the Bay Area in the October 14, 2013 issue of the New Yorker.

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