Luskin Center News

Luskin Center News

September

September 04, 2017
Electricity demand fluctuates each day, and consumers who want to unplug during peak times to save money and help the environment now have a new tool at their disposal. Chai Energy, a partner of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, is making real-time energy information a reality for electricity consumers who want to reduce or shift their electricity usage during peak periods when electricity is the most expensive.

August

August 23, 2017
The LA region is home to the nation’s largest urban national park, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). Accessed by over 33 million people annually, this park is a unique biodiversity hot spot, home to over 1,000 plant species, 400 species of birds, 45 species of mammals, and 35 species of reptiles and amphibians. Offering over 500 miles of trails for public recreational use, the SMMNRA offers visitors opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, swimming, picnicking, and more.
August 08, 2017
Public parks can help users escape from screens and gadgets, but technology can also now help parks better serve diverse groups of users. Imagine playgrounds that are digitally interactive learning spaces, colorful walking tiles that produce energy for lighting, and apps that help users plan their visits with real-time parking, air quality and temperature updates. 

June

June 22, 2017
Where will the water of our future come from? In the face of Southern California’s expected climate variability and droughts conditions, the use of recycled water ― water that was previously distributed, used, recollected, and cleaned for reuse ― will quickly increase for industrial, agricultural, commercial, and eventually even residential uses. What will it mean for Los Angeles to transition to a system more heavily dependent on recycled water? Who would produce it? What energy and infrastructure challenges would this entail? 

May

May 08, 2017
By George Foulsham After decades of dominance by electricity monopolies, California is experiencing the emergence of community choice aggregators, a new type of utility that provides cities and counties the opportunity to choose what kinds of energy to purchase for their needs.
May 04, 2017
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May 03, 2017
Gift from Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation will support researchers, including a team from the Luskin Center for Innovation, working to convert carbon dioxide into building material

April

April 17, 2017
What if you knew exactly when electricity prices increased each day and what to unplug or lower use of during those times to save money and help the environment? New technology is making real-time energy information and “demand response” a reality, rewarding homeowners who make smart, informed energy-use decisions. This could include knowing when it makes financial sense to replace that old washing machine, or simply what time to use it based on when there is less demand on the power grid or when renewable energy is abundant.
April 06, 2017
An Interview with CPUC Commissioner Carla PetermanAfter serving on the California Energy Commission, Carla Peterman was appointed to the California Public Utilities Commission in 2012. She is a champion of electric vehicles, energy efficiency, energy storage and other areas in which California has led the rest of the nation. We take a look at her accomplishments and advice for the next generation of clean energy advocates.
April 04, 2017
 The California Air Resources Board has commissioned the Luskin Center to conduct two studies, to be publicly released in 2018, to inform California's climate choices in this new era of climate policy.