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How cities are using clean energy commitments to prosper

By: Jayant Kairam, Luskin Center Advisory Board Member

Cities 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.

How to Ensure the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Author : 
Gregory Pierce and J.R. DeShazo

Innovation that supports the coequal goals of efficiency, equity and the environment in the vehicle industry requires coordination across federal, state and local policy. Without coherence in regulatory intent and implementation from federal to local government agencies, self-driving cars will repeat many of the shortcomings of the two largest surface transportation technology innovations in the last century: gasoline-powered cars and clean vehicles.  

California and Los Angeles are prime examples of the need for such regulatory coherence...

I Want My TLC: Attaining Stability in the California Renewables Market

Author : 
David Nahai, Luskin Center Advisory Board Member

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 been brought to a virtual standstill  because of Congress’ inaction.

Lessons from the Dinner Table for Climate Change Resilience

Author : 
Colleen Callahan
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The adage “think globally but act locally” had new resonance for me on a recent trip to rural Wisconsin.

UCLA and EDF release new report identifying opportunities to curb climate pollution and spur thousands of clean energy jobs in Los Angeles County

Climate Justice

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National environmental justice pioneer, , spoke at the Luskin Center's SB 535 Investment Justice working conference and in this blog post, deccribes SB 535 as an important example of progress toward climate justice.

National environmental justice pioneer, , spoke at the Luskin Center's SB 535 Investment Justice working conference and in this blog post, deccribes SB 535 as an important example of progress toward climate justice.

Why aren’t there more cross-disciplinary research collaborations?


Matt Kahn poses question while welcoming collaboration during IOES/Luskin Seminar
 

Unraveling Ties to Petroleum: How Policy Drives California's Demand for Oil

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Check out a terrific newly released Next 10 report, Unraveling Ties to Petroleum: How Policy Drives California's Demand for Oil, authored by UCA experts Juan Matute and Dr. Stephanie Pincetl.

Check out a terrific newly released Next 10 report, Unraveling Ties to Petroleum: How Policy Drives California's Demand for Oil, authored by UCA experts Juan Matute and Dr.

The road ahead for LA City: Complete Street Networks?

Given UCLA's support to the City of Los Angeles to advance a vision and now implementation measures for complete streets, we wanted to highlight the latest from LA2B, a project of the Los Angeles Departments of City Planning and Transportation that will result in an updated Mobility Element among other opportunities....

Complete Streets Networks, Part I

Smart Grid

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Check out the new video about the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center.

 

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.

Sunnier Outlook: Los Angeles Gives Go Ahead on Solar Program but More Potential Untapped

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 energy from coal.

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