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July 07, 2017
By: Jayant Kairam of the Environmental Defense Fund and Luskin Center Board MemberCities have long been testing grounds for policy innovation. That identity is critical as we barrel headfirst into an urbanized world. As of 2014, 54 percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas, and the United Nations estimates that by 2050, over 6 billion people will live in cities.So, it only makes practical and economic sense that local leaders around the world have doubled-downed on addressing...
March 01, 2017
Reposted from an earlier article.Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors published a study  that concluded that successful renewable energy markets offered  investors “TLC”—transparency, longevity, and certainty. The research  found that US energy policy lacked a stable and reliable set of rules.A glaring example is Congress’ failure to extend the Production Tax  Credits for wind projects, which expire this year. Given the lead time  for such projects, the industry has...
March 31, 2015
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 We are beginning to reach a point where the urgency of climate change and its consequences is being met with serious technical and policy innovation. The call of science is finally starting to be answered by industry and government. Needless to say, it is a very exciting time to be following and advocating for alternative energy solutions and other serious climate change mitigation strategies, especially in a state like California. In fact, so much is happening on a daily, monthly and...
July 29, 2014
UCLA and EDF release new report identifying opportunities to curb climate pollution and spur thousands of clean energy jobs in Los Angeles CountyThe adage “think globally but act locally” had new resonance for me on a recent trip to rural Wisconsin. At the time, I was putting the finishing touches on the Los Angeles Solar and Efficiency Report (LASER). Debuting today, LASER is a data-driven mapping tool designed to help communities identify opportunities to save households money, create clean...
February 19, 2014
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By Karen Robes Meeks, Long Beach Press TelegramThere’s big business to be had at the ports if you’re in the energy industry.That was the message of port officials on Thursday as they encouraged entrepreneurs to seek out opportunities that will arise from the growing energy issues challenging the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.In front of more than 40 entrepreneurs and officials at a PortTech Forum on energy at Los Angeles Harbor College, Port of Los Angeles chief electrical engineer...
June 07, 2012
 Check out the new video about the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center. This video demystifies what a smart grid would entail and why it's important. UCLA is helping to advance the smart grid by conducting research in three key areas:- Electric vehicle (EV) integration into the grid, which is important because EVs will become more common and use EV requires about 5-6 kw of energy, similar to the energy needs of a large house. - Demand response, which allow EVs to be...
June 01, 2012
An article by Carren Jao in The Architects Newspaper quotes J.R. DeShazo, director of the Luskin Center, and underscores both the importance of the Los Angeles solar program as well as the importance of thinking beyond it..."Sunshine is obviously an abundant resource in Los Angeles, but it’s been woefully underutilized. Compared to other major U.S. utilities, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) ranks last in solar capacity per capita and still gets 45 percent of its...
February 29, 2012
Last July, Governor Jerry Brown held a conference at UCLA, hosted by the Luskin Center, to launch his initiative to achieve 12,000 megawatts of local renewable energy projects in California by 2020. Local renewables, often called distributed generation, are projects no larger than 20 megawatts located close to customer demand.By: Steven Weissman, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment Berkeley Law's Center for Law, Energy & the Environment helped to put on the...
August 03, 2011
Matthew Kahn, a Luskin Center Scholar and Professor with the Institute of the Environment & Sustainability and the departments of Public Policy and Economics, has written three books: "Green Cities" (Brookings Institution Press); "Heroes and Cowards" (Princeton University Press, jointly with Dora L. Costa); and "Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter World" (Basic Books, 2010). His op ed ran originally on July 29 in the Christian Science Monitor.In Japan...
June 13, 2011
By: David Nahai, Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & SmithAs posted in: Renewable Energy World.com David Nahai of Lewis, Briskbois, Bisqaard & Smith and Advisory Board member of the Luskin Center, writes the following opinion pieces: California, USA -- This law, called the California Renewable Energy Resources Act, obligates all California electricity providers to obtain at least 33% of their energy from renewable resources by the year...