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Laos Energy Modeling and Policy Analysis (LEMPA) Project

Meet the Laos Energy Mod­el­ing and Pol­icy Analy­sis (Under­grad­u­ate!) Team:

The focus of this inter-​​disciplinary and inter-​​university research group is to develop sus­tain­able energy, water, and land-​​use sce­nar­ios for Laos, and to work with local stake-​​holders on the costs and ben­e­fits for com­mu­ni­ties, the nation, and the regional com­merce in energy, water, food, tim­ber and other commodities.

Aadi­tee Kudrimoti

Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 8.21.05 AMBio: Aadi­tee is a fourth-​​year at UC Berke­ley study­ing polit­i­cal sci­ence and pub­lic pol­icy with a con­cen­tra­tion in energy, devel­op­ment, and inter­na­tional rela­tions. Aadi­teeis orig­i­nally from Tuc­son, Ari­zona, where she began to develop an inter­est in inter­na­tional envi­ron­men­tal affairs. At UC Berke­ley, Aadi­teeis work­ing on projects in the polit­i­cal econ­omy of Chi­nese devel­op­ment finance, rural elec­tri­fi­ca­tion, and col­lec­tive action. Aadi­tee­has become espe­cially inter­ested in how the rise of renew­able tech­nol­ogy is influ­enc­ing energy diplo­macy around the world. She hopes to pur­sue a career in acad­e­mia and pub­lic pol­icy and work on gov­er­nance tools to build the bar­gain­ing capac­ity of LDCs against MNCs, for­eign state-​​owned enter­prises, etc. on the sub­ject of FDI and other types of invest­ment. She sees SWITCH-​​Laos as hav­ing the poten­tial to serve as a crit­i­cal tool in assist­ing the increase of the Lao people’s bar­gain­ing power over FDI in the energy sec­tor and thus their auton­omy in deter­min­ing their own eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Out­side school, Aaditee’s inter­ests include dance, food jour­nal­ism, and cooking.

 

Alex Lathem

Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 8.20.29 AMBio: Alex Lathem is a third-​​year under­grad­u­ate at Yale Uni­ver­sity. He is a physics major with sev­eral years of expe­ri­ence using pro­gram­ming lan­guages, includ­ing Python SQL, C, and Bash, to ana­lyze sci­en­tific data. Pre­vi­ous research projects Alex has worked on include astrom­e­try of near-​​Earth aster­oids and the cre­ation of a Hub­ble curve through the analy­sis of Type Ia super­novae. Alex spent the sum­mer of 2019 work­ing on the SWITCH model for China, and is very excited to apply the skills he learned there to a ver­sion for Laos. Out­side of research, Alex is also inter­ested in music, video game design, lin­guis­tics, and history.

 

Ash­ley Yip

Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 8.19.15 AMBio: Ash­ley is a second-​​year under­grad­u­ate study­ing envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence with an empha­sis in global pol­i­tics. She moved to New Mex­ico, where she devel­oped an inter­est in envi­ron­men­tal affairs. At UC Berke­ley, she is involved in a pre-​​law asso­ci­a­tion that helped her explore her inter­est in law and how she may inte­grate that into envi­ron­men­tal­ism. Off cam­pus, she is work­ing on a sex edu­ca­tion reform project in Sin­ga­pore with the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion. She is con­stantly explor­ing the inter­sec­tion between pol­icy, edu­ca­tion, and the envi­ron­ment. She hopes to return home to Sin­ga­pore and pur­sue a career in inter­na­tional envi­ron­men­tal pol­icy or law within South­east Asia. Ash­ley chose to work on SWITCH-​​Laos not only because green­ing ASEAN’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment is essen­tial to tack­ling cli­mate change, but also because she is famil­iar with the demo­graphic. She has done research in regards to both urban and rural agri­cul­ture in Asia and the US, and led research for envi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment in busi­ness oper­a­tions. Out­side of school, her inter­ests include climb­ing, hik­ing, piano, and camper vans.

Rachel Ng

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Bio: Rachel is a second-​​year Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and Data Sci­ence major. A Singapore-​​native, Rachel describes that SWITCH-​​Laos extremely impor­tant to her because it is an impor­tant step towards the energy secu­rity of South­east Asia. She believes that the sus­tain­able elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of South­east Asia is key to regional grid sta­bil­ity and energy trade. She is pur­su­ing SWITCH-​​Laos as crit­i­cal in lead­ing the way towards sus­tain­able elec­tri­fi­ca­tion. Rachel is inter­ested in the inter­sec­tion­al­ity between cli­mate change and com­mu­nity, explor­ing how com­mu­nity based issues caused by cli­mate change can be alle­vi­ated through data. Fur­ther­more, Rachel is cur­rently con­cerned about equal access to edu­ca­tion and vol­un­teers weekly as a men­tor to ele­men­tary school stu­dents. In the future, she hopes to return to Sin­ga­pore and guide envi­ron­men­tal change through cre­at­ing an ecosys­tem of sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses. Her hob­bies include dance, rock climb­ing and water sports.

Ziming Ma

马子明  Zim­ing Ma
博士生  Ph.D Student
清华大学电机工程与应用电子技术系
Dept. Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing and Applied Elec­tronic Technology
Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity
Zim­ing is a vis­it­ing doc­toral stu­dent who will be work­ing on clean energy sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, and mar­kets in and for China as part of RAEL’s work with sev­eral part­ner insti­tu­tions in China.

Castellanos, Sergio

Ser­gio Castel­lanos is a Berke­ley Energy & Cli­mate Insti­tute – Tec­nológico de Mon­ter­rey (BECI–ITESM) Energy Fel­low work­ing at the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab with Prof. Dan Kam­men. His research focuses on expand­ing an opti­miza­tion model –SWITCH– to Mex­ico to deter­mine the opti­mal invest­ments in new gen­er­a­tion and trans­mis­sion assets. Through his research, he also ana­lyzes the man­u­fac­tur­ing capac­ity of pho­to­voltaic solar tech­nolo­gies in Mex­ico. Pre­vi­ously, in his Ph.D. stud­ies (Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing ’15, MIT) he char­ac­ter­ized the elec­tri­cal impact of struc­tural defects in silicon-​​based solar cells. He enjoys read­ing, explor­ing new hob­bies, and learn­ing more about the inter­sec­tion of tech­nol­ogy, busi­ness, and pol­icy in renew­able energy.

He, Gang

Gang He is now an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the
Stony Brook University
E-​​mail: Gang.He [at] stony​brook​.edu
While a doc­toral stu­dent in RAEL and ERG, Gang He was also a Vis­it­ing Fac­ulty Affil­i­ate for the China Energy Group, Energy Tech­nolo­gies Area, at Lawrence Berke­ley National Lab­o­ra­tory, as well as an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Tech­nol­ogy and Soci­ety, at Stony Brook Uni­ver­sity. He has worked with the China Energy Group since 2011. His work focuses on energy mod­el­ing, energy eco­nom­ics, energy and cli­mate pol­icy, energy and envi­ron­ment, domes­tic coal and power sec­tors and their key role in both the global energy sup­ply and in inter­na­tional cli­mate pol­icy frame­work. He also stud­ies other inter­dis­ci­pli­nary aspects of global cli­mate change and the devel­op­ment of lower-​​carbon energy sources.

Prior to Berke­ley, he was a research asso­ciate with Stan­ford University’s Pro­gram on Energy and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment from 2008 to 2010.

Tiny House in My Backyard

Tiny House Competition

This event is open to all col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in Cal­i­for­nia. Par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­motes an inter­est in energy con­ser­va­tion, energy effi­ciency and green build­ing and solar tech­nolo­gies. The Energy & Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter and Com­mu­nity Solar are proud to spon­sor this event.

The Tiny House Com­pe­ti­tion – Build Small and Win Big” is a new com­pe­ti­tion in the Sacra­mento region, chal­leng­ing col­le­giate teams to design and build net-​​zero, tiny solar houses. The event is antic­i­pated to be held in the fall of 2016 and is spear­headed by SMUD’s Energy & Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter and Com­mu­nity Solar®program.

The Com­pe­ti­tion
This event is mod­eled after the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. An edu­ca­tor or other school admin­is­tra­tor will men­tor each team. Dur­ing the two years lead­ing up to the event, stu­dents will design and build the energy-​​efficient houses. A stipend between $3,000 — $6,000 will be provided.

Awards
Dur­ing the week of com­pe­ti­tion, stu­dents will exhibit their houses to the pub­lic, judges and the media. The ten cat­e­gories of the decathlon include archi­tec­tural design, liv­abil­ity, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, afford­abil­ity, energy effi­ciency and bal­ance, appli­ance load, technology/​electrical and mechan­i­cal sys­tems, trans­porta­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity and doc­u­men­ta­tion. On the last day, teams will be awarded tro­phies and mon­e­tary prizes.

Dead­line to apply
The dead­line to apply for the 2015 com­pe­ti­tion has passed.

Work­shop date
A Tiny House Work­shop is sched­uled for Novem­ber 14 & 15, 2014

Con­tacts
Suzette Bien­v­enue, Energy & Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter
Suzette.​Bienvenue@​smud.​org

Brent Sloan, Com­mu­nity Solar
Brent.​Sloan@​smud.​org

Down­loads

Fingerman, Kevin

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My research is dri­ven by an inter­est in the broad-​​based envi­ron­men­tal and social impacts of energy tech­nolo­gies and poli­cies. This work seeks to make explicit the trade-​​offs that are often present between energy secu­rity, cli­mate, and other impor­tant social and envi­ron­men­tal objec­tives. In par­tic­u­lar, I have worked on issues at the water/​energy nexus, eval­u­at­ing the “water foot­prints” of a range of energy tech­nolo­gies. Water and energy are inex­tri­ca­bly linked, with elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion sec­ond only to agri­cul­ture in total global water with­drawals. This con­nec­tion is par­tic­u­larly acute for bioen­ergy, as it is by far the most water-​​intensive of all energy types. My research has employed life cycle assess­ment (LCA), agro-​​climatic mod­el­ing, and GIS tools to show that bio­fu­els rou­tinely require sev­eral orders of mag­ni­tude more water than petro­leum fuels while often pro­vid­ing only mod­est cli­mate benefit.

I approach my research with an eye toward imple­men­ta­tion. This has led me to work with Cal­i­for­nia reg­u­la­tory agen­cies on fuel pol­icy for­mu­la­tion and to serve as vice-​​chair of the Geneva-​​based Round­table on Sus­tain­able Bio­fu­els. Prior to com­ing to HSU, I worked in Rome for the United Nations Food and Agri­cul­ture Orga­ni­za­tion. While there, I pro­vided sup­port to the gov­ern­ments of Indone­sia and Colom­bia in eval­u­at­ing the envi­ron­men­tal and social impacts of their bio­fuel indus­tries, and in for­mu­lat­ing poli­cies to address those impacts.

Asfaw, Solomon Abede

Research Inter­ests:
Solomon’s cur­rent research inter­ests include: grid inte­gra­tion of inter­mit­tent renew­able energy resources (PV and Wind); stor­age require­ments for very high grid pen­e­tra­tion of Renew­able; load-​​side man­age­ment analy­sis for high grid pen­e­tra­tion; employ­ment of SWITCH for the East African Power Pool con­sor­tium of utilities.
Back­ground:
Solomon received his under­grad­u­ate degree in Physics from Bahir Dar Uni­ver­sity, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia; an M.Sc. degree in Physics from the Nor­we­gian Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Trond­heim, Nor­way; a sec­ond M.Sc. and PhD degree spe­cial­iz­ing in energy sys­tem analy­sis from Ben-​​Gurion Uni­ver­sity of the Negev, Sede Boqer, Israel. He was was a Philo­mathia post­doc­toral fel­low at Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia — Berkeley.

Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)

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Kam­men speak­ing in Man­agua on an ECAP spon­sored trip to facil­i­tate com­mu­nity energy ini­tia­tives on the RAAS (Region Autonoma de Atlantico Sur).

Dan on Horse to Khaka Creek

Vis­it­ing Kaka Creek, clean energy and bio­di­ver­sity research and eco-​​tourism site in the RAAS.

Lecture on clean energy options at the National Engineering University (UNI) in Mangaua, Nicaragua

Lec­ture on clean energy options at the National Engi­neer­ing Uni­ver­sity (UNI) in Man­gaua, Nicaragua

Meeting with the Mayor of , Dr. Harold Bacon, who awarded Kammen an honorary citizen of Bluefields accolade.

Meet­ing with the Mayor of , Dr. Harold Bacon, who awarded Kam­men an hon­orary cit­i­zen of Blue­fields accolade.

 

 

 

Sustainable Energy for Kosovo and Southeast Europe

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Energy effi­ciency, renew­able energy, and smart sys­tems inte­gra­tion pro­vides a rapid path away from local and glob­ally pol­lut­ing energy sys­tems.  This gen­eral assess­ment is par­tic­u­larly true for impov­er­ished areas or those impacted by con­flict.  This is the case because the mix­ture of energy effi­ciency and renew­able energy can gen­er­ally be deployed far more rapidly and in more dis­trib­uted a fash­ion than tra­di­tional, cen­tral­ized, energy systems.

Kosovo is par­tic­u­larly in need, and par­tic­u­larly amenable to this sort of “rapid and green” devel­op­ment plan.  This project, started to iden­tify and quan­tify oppor­tu­ni­ties to choose a clean path instead of an ongo­ing fix­a­tion on coal, has now spread to exam­ine both national and regional oppor­tu­ni­ties in South­east Europe.

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