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John A. Mikulin, Jr.

Research Interests: 

Criteria pollutant & greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mitigation technologies for mobile sources, Alternative transportation energy technology deployment, Renewable energy technology deployment, Multi-pollutant environmental cost-benefit assessment


John Mikulin is an experienced environmental policy professional who is currently focused on federal energy and climate change program development and implementation in the Pacific Southwestern U.S. See more information on John's background here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnmikulin

RAEL Projects/Publications: Bay Area Electrified Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Options for Accelerating Consumer Access (June 2010)

RAEL Policy Analyst (Spring 2010)
Alumni - Goldman School of Public Policy (MPP 2011)

Environmental Protection Specialist  Regional Lead, Electric Vehicle Deployment

Public Fleets Sector Lead, West Coast Collaborative
Clean Energy & Climate Change Office - Air Division
United States Environmental

Protection Agency, Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street, AIR-9
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 972-3956
Fax: (415) 947-3583
Email: mikulin.john@epa.gov
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnmikulin

Nadia Ameli

Visiting Scholar
Research Interests: 

April 2010 - December 2011

sustainable energy system, clean financing schemes for renewable deployment and policy implications


Education: PhD in Business Administration from Polytechnic University of Marche and UC Berkeley, co-tutorship of a doctoral thesis. MSc and BA in Economics cum laude from Polytechnic University of Marche.

Project: Clean Energy Financing Italy Calculator and Paper "The linkage between ......."

ER 290: Energy and Development

This graduate seminar will examine the relationship
between development
theory and practice with respect to issues of energy use, technology
culture. We will explore the often divergent ideas about development
have emerged from civil society, academia, multinational development
agencies, and national development plans in order to investigate the
differing perspectives currently envisioned for a sustainable energy
future. The course will focus on energy options at the household and
community level, paying particular attention to the needs of
primarily in rural areas of developing nations. It will then examine
theories of energy systems as a national, often centrally planned
infrastructure. The seminar will explore ideas of 'appropriate
technology', and cultural and political aspects of energy services, and
environmental impacts. Specific themes in the class will include gender
analysis, renewable energy alternatives, the emergence of decentralized
energy options, and new energy and environmental linkages.

ER 170/270: Environmental Classics

What is the history and evolution of environmental thinking and
writing? How have certain "environmental classics" shaped the way in
which we think about nature, society and development? (And, as a
corollary, what has shaped the intellectual history of programs like
the Energy and Resources Group?). This course will use a selection of
20th century books / papers that have had a major impact on academic
and wider public thinking about the environment / development to probe
these issues. The selection includes works that have influenced
environmental politics, policy and scholarship in the USA as well as in
the developing world. We will not only read these classics, but we will
also read reviews and critiques of these books ­ both those written
at the time of first publication, and more recent commentaries ­ to
explore the evolution of thought on these transforming ideas.

When available, the webpage for this course will be posted here. Please check back later for an updated link.

Replacing coal with renewables in Malaysia

Read Kammen's report

Malaysian locals, environmentalists, and RAEL Director Dan Kammen have won the battle against a controversial coal plant in the Malaysian state of Sabah in northern Borneo. The Malaysian State and Federal government finally announced after a long struggle that they would "pursue other alternative sources of energy, namely gas, to meet Sabah's power supply needs." Proposed for an undeveloped beach on the north-eastern coast of Borneo, the coal plant, according to critics, would have threatened the Coral Triangle, one of the world's most biodiverse marine ecosystems, and Tabin Wildlife Reserve, home to Critically Endangered Sumatran rhinos and Bornean orangutans. Local fishermen feared that discharges from the plant would have imperiled their livelihood.