Archive for Op-Ed

3 November 2017

Cleantech to Market: Techno-Economic Modeling with Beth Zotter from Cyclotron Road

When: Tuesday, November 7, 12:30-2:00 pm Where: Haas Chou Hall, Room N300 Lunch: Pizza will be served – First come first serve! Attention Tech Entrepreneurs: When you bring a technology company to market, it helps to create a techno-economic model to better understand your business costs. This can improve revenue modeling and business model design. Beth Zotter from Cyclotron Road has been […]

16 October 2017

The Importance of the EPA

This is the first of a multi-post blog series by the BERC-Action community on President Trump’s proposed budget. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent the opinions of the entire BERC organization.    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), established by Richard Nixon in 1970 amidst strong bipartisan and public support, is the reason why […]

31 July 2017

Tesla and the Model 3

At the beginning of the summer, 30 BERC members had the pleasure of touring the Tesla factory in Fremont. Due to a strict non-disclosure agreement, I cannot include specifics about what we saw. Suffice it to say, Tesla is doing very impressively as an electric car manufacturer. If you follow Tesla to any capacity, you have […]

16 May 2017

Early Retirement: More Challenging Than It Sounds

As our energy mix becomes increasingly decarbonized, regulators and grid operators face new challenges from many directions. A growing concern in regions with high penetration of renewables is the risk of uneconomic retirement of flexible capacity, such as natural gas-fired power plants. Many agree that natural gas will continue to play a critical role in […]

3 May 2017

Nuclear Energy Policy: Agree to Disagree?

The recent news of Westinghouse Electric Company filing for bankruptcy protection reminds us of the odd state of nuclear energy production in the United States and around the world. With trouble arising from construction delays and rising costs, Westinghouse’s problems illustrate the broader issues surrounding nuclear energy production, such as long construction timelines and evolving […]

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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

Open Spots Still Available for C2M’s 2017 Course!

  Final few spots left on C2M teams for this semester! Deadline to apply is August 22nd.  How to Become a C2M Team Member: Graduate students in science, engineering, law, policy, ERG, and more, please apply using the green button on our website.  — C2M is a unique technology commercialization program that discovers and improves pathways […]

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, […]