Archive for Op-Ed

Mira Inbar
24 April 2017

BERC Alumni Spotlight – Mira Inbar, Director of Strategy, NRG Energy

We are pleased to welcome Mira Inbar, BERC and Haas Alum, to our Alumni spotlight! Mira also spoke at the recent BERC Energy Summit on the Corporate Renewable Procurement panel. What are you doing now? I lead NRG’s business strategy team covering distributed energy for corporate customers, which includes renewables, demand response, thermal, etc. One […]

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19 April 2017

Graduate Student Deadline Approaching for C2M’s 2017 Course!

Dear graduate students from science, engineering, law, policy, ERG and more – Check out the exciting companies (below) in Cleantech to Market’s 2017 course: eCalCharge – Smart charging for electric vehicles Team Lead: Kyle Bertin Website, Application and Supporting Documentation, Video, Summary Slide GreenBlu – Sustainable, affordable, pure water Team Lead: Kevin Benson Website, Application and Supporting Documentation, Video, Summary Slide Grow Plastics – Low […]

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12 April 2017

Climate and (Mis)calculated Risk

Scientists have confirmed that our climate is changing at an unprecedented rate and in dramatic ways. Our climate is intimately linked to the global economy—from farmers in Vietnam to real estate in Miami, almost every aspect of the global economy is exposed to the effects of climate change. For these reasons and more, cities, nations, […]

Approximately 70 attendees participated in this BERC Shop, and paid close attention to the explanations and applications of these models developed by LBNL China Energy Group.
11 April 2017

BERC China Focus hosts LBNL Researchers for Discussion on Low-Carbon Development of Chinese Cities

What better way to end your week than learning about the low-carbon development pathways in Chinese cities? On March 9th, 2017, BERC China Focus invited speakers, Nina Zheng Khanna, Stephanie Ohshita, and Ying Huang, from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to share various modeling tools that design low-carbon development strategies for Chinese cities. Stephanie and […]

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10 April 2017

Innovation Tips for the Energy Industry

The energy industry today faces major challenges. How will we develop clean sources of power that don’t pollute our planet, that provide energy access to the millions who don’t have it, and that maintain the reliability and stability of our electric systems? To tackle these complex challenges, we need more innovative solutions from all players […]

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15 March 2017

Building Our Energy Future: The Path Forward

Jim Rogers, Former CEO of Duke Energy, addresses cleantech professionals, academics and students at the BERC Energy Summit. “Cleantech opportunity today is as great as it has ever been.” That’s how Jim Rogers, Former CEO of Duke Energy, kicked off this year’s BERC Energy Summit on Friday, February 24. Unfortunately, a bright future does not […]

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13 March 2017

So, you’re FIRED UP!? Now what?

A Berkeley STEM Graduate Students’ Guide to Climate and Environmental Activism in the “Trumpocene Era” Disclaimer: This blog post contains information presented at “FIRED UP,” a UC Berkeley event on February 16th, 2017, aiming to connect graduate students with local climate and environmental organizations. If you catch any errors, omissions, or “alternative facts” about your […]

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22 February 2017

The Energy Blockchain – Believe The Hype, Just Don’t Forget The Physics

The analogy of blockchain to jazz was made more than once at Event Horizon, the first major conference on blockchain technology in the energy industry held last week in Vienna. Decentralized, free-form, and without a conductor, blockchains have the potential to transform incumbent centralized power structures. While this may be true for purely digital systems […]