Recognizing the economic and environmental benefits, governments around the world are ramping up goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy. For example, California’s Senate Bill 100 (de León), signed into law in 2018, establishes a target of 100 percent zero-carbon energy by 2045. Research by the Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) influences the design and implementation of policies and programs to achieve clean energy goals at the state and local levels. This includes tracking and analyzing 100% clean energy policies and achievements across the U.S.

Our Research

Efficiency and Conservation

Smart thermostat

Energy efficiency is improving around the world, but much potential remains untapped. Continued progress requires a pipeline of new energy efficiency policies. LCI research informs action, for example, by testing the effectiveness of demand response strategies, quantifying the economic impacts of energy efficiency investments, and evaluating approaches to connect low-income households with energy efficiency programs.
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Renewable Energy

Renewable energy policies have contributed to a steep decline in cost and a steep increase in capacity around the world. LCI research informs public policies to help communities realize the benefits of renewable energy. This includes designing the nation’s largest feed-in tariff program, which the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power administers to encourage local adoption of renewable energy.
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Community Choice in Energy

Community choice energy is quickly spreading. Currently, California and seven other states allow cities and counties to purchase electricity on behalf of their communities ─ a procurement model called community choice aggregation. LCI is the leading research center tracking the performance of community choice aggregators and their impact on the energy sector.
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