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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 […]

13 February 2017

Lessons from the Field – Building Hybrid Microgrids in Lebanon

During the winter break, I had the opportunity to travel to Lebanon and help to troubleshoot three hybrid microgrids in Lebanon. These sites were commissioned as part of the UNDP program CEDRO IV, and the project MED-Solar. Lebanon produces most of its electricity from fossil fuels, and the generation stations were easy to spot as […]

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23 January 2017

BERCU Co-Pres. Brooke Maushund authors report, Speaks at COP22

I always tell my younger friends when they’re thinking about getting involved with BERC that it’s been one of the best parts of my time at Cal, and not just professionally. Getting to just hang out, and pick the brains of the graduate students in BERC, and having people to nerd out with about energy […]

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12 October 2016

Getting into Hot Water at a Utility

The electricity industry is going through massive changes and this summer at PG&E I looked at heat pump water heaters as a way of addressing some of those challenges. I found that heat pumps have the opportunity to have positive net economic, environmental, and energy benefits under some scenarios.

25 September 2016

Presidential Candidate Renewable Energy Policies

A summary of the proposed energy policies of the 2016 presidential candidates by BERC’s own Adam Orford.

18 July 2016

MoneyShow University Comes to SF

Students will assemble from across the bay area to hear from some of the most recognized technology visionaries and business leaders who will discuss topics ranging from financial technology to entrepreneurship and everything in between.