Women in Energy: The Great Success of Female Utility CEOs

December 7, 2020

When I learned of the hiring of Patti Poppe as CEO of PG&E, my thoughts went to the impressive number of women leading major utilities throughout the country. I wondered why the utility industry, rather than tech or healthcare, seems to have such a tremendous record of success for female executives. And with the annual BERC Women in Energy event fast approaching (it’s on Thursday 12/10 at 6pm PT!), I figured now is the time to educate myself. 

BERC Engineering (BERC-E)

The mission of BERC-E is to form a close-knit group of graduate students from engineering and science departments to discuss a variety of energy topics over pizza and beer. We cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to solar energy, batteries, life-cycle analysis, combustion, and energy efficiency. Our meetings are an informal way to meet other students from the science and engineering side of campus interested in energy and to form collaborations or get advice on research.

Renewable Energy & Sustainability Speaker Series

The Renewable Energy & Sustainability Speaker Series is held at the Haas School of Business during the Fall Semester. The series is a listed MBA 294 class and can be taken for credit. Speakers are often UC Berkeley and Haas alumni who are leaders in the energy, resources, or impact investing industries.

BERC Action

BERC-Action is a new community of BERC established on the founding principles that:

Join us for Resources Symposium 2019!

October 31, 2019

Each year BERC hosts our flagship fall event, Resource Symposium, a half-day event that brings together professionals, policymakers, and academics on critical resource-related topics.

LEEF community

LEEF logo Latin American Energy & Environment Focus 

LEEF is on the look for new enthusiastic members!  


BERC runs a number of programs in collaboration with UC Berkeley and the larger Bay Area community.

BERC Innovative Solutions (BIS) connects local companies, non-profits, and government agencies with multi-disciplinary teams of UC Berkeley graduate students for semester-long consulting projects.

Summit 2019 Recap

March 11, 2019

BERC Summit 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended the 13th annual BERC Energy Summit! We had a great time welcoming all of you and learning more about the exciting work being done around energy and resources in the Cal community and beyond. A big thanks to all our sponsors and speakers who made this Summit the best yet.