Archive of Topic: policy

Guangzhi Yin

Guangzhi is a PhD stu­dent in Energy Sys­tems Analy­sis at Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity.  He has bachelor’s degrees in Elec­tri­cal Engi­neer­ing and in Man­age­ment from Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity.  He has been a vis­it­ing stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Bath and at the Israel Insti­tute of Technology.

His work is focused on the role of car­bon pric­ing and renew­able energy deploy­ment in China.

Guangzhi will be a vis­it­ing stu­dent at RAEL from Octo­ber 2019– July 2020.




Dongran Liu

Don­gran Liu is a doc­toral stu­dent in the School of Eco­nomic and Man­age­ment at North China Elec­tric Power Uni­ver­sity.  She has research inter­ests in energy mar­kets, opti­miza­tion and risk man­age­ment, and dis­trib­uted energy resource planning.

At RAEL she is work­ing on mod­el­ing the future of the Chi­nese elec­tric power sys­tem using SWITCH.  She is part of a part­ner­ship with Euro­pean energy stor­age asso­ci­a­tions to exam­ine the mar­ket oppor­tu­ni­ties and car­bon ben­e­fits of the instal­la­tion of a range of energy stor­age technologies.

She will be a vis­it­ing stu­dent in RAEL from Octo­ber 2019 — August 2020.


Carrara, Samuel

Samuel Car­rara holds a Mas­ter Degree cum laude in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing (Major: Energy and Mechan­i­cal Plants) and a PhD in Energy and Envi­ron­men­tal Tech­nolo­gies, both from the Uni­ver­sity of Berg­amo.
After work­ing as an engi­neer in the gas tur­bine field, he is now junior researcher at FEEM. His main research inter­ests include renew­able ener­gies, sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, energy poli­cies, cli­mate and energy eco­nom­ics, advanced energy systems.

Ameli, Nadia

For my web­site, click here.

I am cur­rently work­ing as Senior Researcher Asso­ciate at UCL Insti­tute for Sus­tain­able Resources  where I lead the finance research area of the GREEN-​​WIN project. I focus on cli­mate and sus­tain­abil­ity finance poli­cies and gov­er­nance arrange­ments in order to con­tribute to over­com­ing finan­cial bar­ri­ers to mit­i­ga­tion and adaptation.

Before join­ing UCL, I worked for the OECD (Green Growth Unit, Eco­nom­ics Depart­ment) as Marie-​​Curie Fel­low, a two-​​year research grant funded by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion. At the OECD I analysed the effec­tive­ness of energy poli­cies to boost energy invest­ments in Europe. Prior to that, I worked for research cen­ters (FEEM and ICCG) and insti­tu­tions, includ­ing the Ital­ian Asso­ci­a­tion Energy Eco­nom­ics, where I was respon­si­ble for the Eco­nomic area (2009–2013).

Dur­ing my PhD, I was vis­it­ing scholar at the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy LabUC Berke­ley under the super­vi­sion of Prof. Daniel Kam­men (2010–2011). I have worked on a range of novel ways to over­come the first-​​investment costs of energy effi­ciency and renew­able energy.

I got my PhD in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion at Poly­tech­nic Uni­ver­sity of Marche and Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley (co-​​tutorship of doc­toral the­sis) with a focus on energy financ­ing pol­icy. My research inter­ests include renew­able and energy effi­ciency deploy­ment, cli­mate finance and energy pol­icy.

Shiraishi, Kenji

Kenji is a Ph.D. stu­dent with the Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­icy and a researcher in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory. His cur­rent research inter­ests include empir­i­cal stud­ies and quan­ti­ta­tive mod­el­ing on the effec­tive­ness of renew­able energy poli­cies in devel­op­ing and devel­oped coun­tries for effec­tive deci­sion mak­ing. He is also inter­ested in devel­op­ing bet­ter tools for quan­ti­ta­tive assess­ment of the mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits of cli­mate poli­cies such as energy access, job cre­ation, and tech­nol­ogy devel­op­ment and transfer.

Kenji has more than 10 years of pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ences in the area of Japan’s and inter­na­tional envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies as a Deputy Direc­tor for Market-​​based Cli­mate Pol­icy of the Japan­ese Min­istry of the Envi­ron­ment, a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Global Envi­ron­ment Cen­tre Foun­da­tion, etc. For exam­ple, he has spear­headed and man­aged var­i­ous gov­ern­ment energy incen­tive pro­grams for fund­ing energy effi­cient and renew­able energy projects in Japan as well as in South­east Asia and Africa under the Joint Cred­it­ing Mech­a­nism, bilat­eral coop­er­a­tion scheme between 14 coun­tries and Japan­ese Gov­ern­ment. He has also ini­ti­ated and led inter­na­tional coop­er­a­tion ini­tia­tives on envi­ron­men­tal pol­icy plan­ning, capac­ity build­ing, and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer focused on low-​​carbon city devel­op­ment with Japan­ese munic­i­pal­i­ties for Ho Chi Minh City (Viet­nam), Vien­tiane (Lao PDR), and other cities. He has nego­ti­ated at COP 18 and 19 of the UNFCCC as an inter­na­tional nego­tia­tor of the Japan­ese del­e­ga­tion on tech­nol­ogy trans­fer. Out­side of envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies, he is a cre­ator and a lead­ing trainer of pol­icy analy­sis train­ing courses for Japan­ese pol­icy professionals.

He holds an MPP with the Smolen­sky Prize (the Best Advanced Pol­icy Analy­sis (master’s the­sis)) from UC Berke­ley, for which Dan Kam­men was his APA advi­sor.  Kenji has a MEng and a BEng in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from Uni­ver­sity of Tokyo.

The Eco-​​Block Project

Man­age­ment team: Har­ri­son Fraker (Co-​​PI), Daniel Kam­men (PI), Anthony Nahas (Project Consultant)

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Research Moti­va­tion

  1. How to make mil­lions of old, inef­fi­cient homes part of a clean-​​air, low-​​carbon & low resource-​​use future?
  2. How can block-​​scale solu­tions enable bet­ter climate-​​change adap­ta­tion & response strate­gies than indi­vid­ual, home solutions?
  3. How do you get block-​​scale inhab­i­tant buy-​​in, and sup­port from util­i­ties, stage agen­cies and the clean­tech sector?


  • The block-​​scale is con­sid­er­ably more effi­cient & cost-​​effective than the indi­vid­ual house-​​scale in achiev­ing resource effi­cien­cies, and takes advan­tage of emerg­ing energy gen­er­a­tion leg­is­la­tion and infor­ma­tion systems.


  • The block-​​scale aggre­gates the flows across mul­ti­ple units, enabling greater effi­cien­cies and economies of scale

EcoBlock Project:

  • Test & bench­mark results in real-​​time, with true case-​​control capac­ity via a sister-​​block.

Urban Block Re-​​Purposing

Design Objec­tive: Social & Tech­no­log­i­cal POV

  1. peo­ple + energy + water + waste­water ==>       low­er­ing resource end-​​use in the built environment
  1. design & imple­ment a pilot around neigh­bor­hood engagement
  2. demon­strate effi­cient, func­tion­ing block-​​scale energy, water & waste­water treatment-​​and-​​reuse plat­form & retro­fit process
  3. pro­to­type & blue­print to repli­cate, improve & scale-​​up.

Design ele­ments for resource-​​use efficiencies:

  1. Block-​​scale retro­fit: opti­mized inte­gra­tion & operation
  2. com­mu­nal solar & smart grid è elec­tric­ity, stor­age & EVs
  3. com­mu­nal waste re-​​use è bio-​​methane for cook­ing load, irri­ga­tion & com­post for local, sus­tain­able food systems
  4. Home-​​scale retro­fit: whole-​​house energy + water solutions
  5. weath­er­iza­tion, EE appli­ances + light­ing, smart controls
  6. grey-​​water re-​​use + water-​​conserving fixtures
  7. Insti­tu­tional path­ways: reg­u­la­tory maneu­ver­ing & financing

Urban Block Re-​​Purposing



Fund­ing Needs


  • $8M over two/​three years, from mul­ti­ple fund­ing sources (cor­po­rate, phil­an­thropic, etc.):

- Micro­grid + stor­age $1.5 mil­lion /​ Waste-​​water $.9 mil­lion /​ Water $.3 mil­lion /​ Contingency$.3 million




  • Rad­i­cally improve build­ing per­for­mance (energy+water) as urban adap­tive response to cli­mate change
  • Social response & inte­gra­tion of community’s wishes
  • Legal & reg­u­la­tory path­ways & advocacy
  • Finan­cial inno­va­tions based on ‘avoided costs’
  • New ways to com­mer­cial­ize green water sys­tems, clean energy tech­nolo­gies, microgrid–storage, DR, sys­tems con­trols, FDD, behav­ior ana­lyt­ics, etc.

Upcom­ing UCTV film to fea­ture the EcoBlock, with com­ments from:

Tim Schae­fer | Deputy Trea­surer, Pub­lic Finance | Office of Cal­i­for­nia State Trea­surer John Chi­ang |

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Fingerman, Kevin


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.

Lipman, Timothy

Tim­o­thy E. Lip­man is an energy and envi­ron­men­tal tech­nol­ogy, eco­nom­ics, and pol­icy researcher and lec­turer with the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia — Berke­ley. He is serv­ing as Co-​​Director for the cam­pus’ Trans­porta­tion Sus­tain­abil­ity Research Cen­ter (TSRC), based at the Insti­tute of Trans­porta­tion Stud­ies, and also as Direc­tor of the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy Pacific Region Clean Energy Appli­ca­tion Cen­ter (PCEAC). Tim’s research focuses on electric-​​drive vehi­cles, fuel cell tech­nol­ogy, com­bined heat and power sys­tems, bio­fu­els, renew­able energy, and elec­tric­ity and hydro­gen energy sys­tems infrastructure.

Lip­man received his Ph.D. degree in Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy Analy­sis with the Grad­u­ate Group in Ecol­ogy at UC Davis (1999). He also has received an M.S. degree in the tech­nol­ogy track of the Grad­u­ate Group in Trans­porta­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Pol­icy, also at UC Davis (1998), and a B.A. from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity (1990). His Ph.D. dis­ser­ta­tion titled “Zero-​​Emission Vehi­cle Sce­nario Cost Analy­sis Using A Fuzzy Set-​​Based Frame­work” received the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Trans­porta­tion Center’s ‘Char­lie Wootan’ Ph.D. dis­ser­ta­tion award for 1999. He is also a 2005 Cli­mate Change Fel­low with the Woods Insti­tute at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, and he also received a 2004 Insti­tute of Trans­porta­tion Engi­neers ser­vice award, a 1998 NSF IGERT teach­ing fel­low­ship, a 1997 Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Trans­porta­tion Cen­ter Dis­ser­ta­tion Grant, a 1996 ENO Foun­da­tion Fel­low­ship, a 1995 Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Trans­porta­tion Cen­ter Dis­ser­ta­tion Grant, and a 1994 Chevron Foun­da­tion Fel­low­ship. A native of Golden, Col­orado, he grad­u­ated Cum Laude from Col­orado Acad­emy in 1986.

Lewis, Joanna

Joanna Lewis is an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and Inter­na­tional Affairs (STIA) at George­town University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of For­eign Ser­vice. Her research focuses on energy, envi­ron­ment and inno­va­tion in China, includ­ing renew­able energy indus­try devel­op­ment and cli­mate change pol­icy. She is cur­rently lead­ing a National Sci­ence Foundation-​​funded project on Inter­na­tional Part­ner­ships and Tech­no­log­i­cal Leapfrog­ging in China’s Clean Energy Sec­tor. Her recent book, Green Inno­va­tion in China: China’s Wind Power Indus­try and the Global Tran­si­tion to a Low-​​Carbon Econ­omy, was awarded the 2014 Harold and Mar­garet Sprout Award by the Inter­na­tional Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion for best book of the year in envi­ron­men­tal studies.

Dr. Lewis is cur­rently a non-​​resident fac­ulty affil­i­ate with the China Energy Group at Lawrence Berke­ley National Lab­o­ra­tory. She also serves as an inter­na­tional adviser to the Energy Foun­da­tion China Sus­tain­able Energy Pro­gram in Bei­jing, and is a Lead Author of the Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change’s Fifth Assess­ment Report. She was a mem­ber of the National Acad­e­mies Com­mit­tee on U.S.-China Coop­er­a­tion on Elec­tric­ity from Renew­ables and has con­sulted for many domes­tic and inter­na­tional orga­ni­za­tions includ­ing UNIDO and USAID. She serves on the Advi­sory Boards of the Asia Society’s Cen­ter on U.S.-China Rela­tions and the Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Renew­able Energy (ACORE)’s U.S.-China Pro­gram. Dr. Lewis was awarded a fel­low­ship at the Woodrow Wil­son Inter­na­tional Cen­ter for Schol­ars from 2011–2012, and was a National Com­mit­tee on US-​​China Rela­tions Pub­lic Intel­lec­tu­als Pro­gram Fel­low from 2011–2013.

Pre­vi­ously, Dr. Lewis was a Senior Inter­na­tional Fel­low at the Pew Cen­ter on Global Cli­mate Change and a researcher in the China Energy Group at the U.S. Depart­ment of Energy’s Lawrence Berke­ley National Lab­o­ra­tory. She served as the tech­ni­cal direc­tor for the Asia Society’s Ini­tia­tive for U.S.-China Coop­er­a­tion on Energy and Cli­mate, and has also worked at the White House Coun­cil on Envi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity, the National Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion and the Envi­ron­men­tal Defense Fund. From 2003–2004 she was a vis­it­ing scholar at the Insti­tute of Energy, Envi­ron­ment, and Econ­omy at Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity in Bei­jing and in 2010 was a vis­it­ing fel­low at the East West Cen­ter in Hon­olulu, Hawaii.

Nate Hultman, Joanna Lewis  and RAEL undergraduates in Washington, DC

Nate Hult­man, Joanna Lewis and RAEL under­grad­u­ates in Wash­ing­ton, DC

Peterman, Carla


Carla Peter­man was appointed by Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown in Jan­u­ary 2011. She filled the Pub­lic Mem­ber posi­tion on the five-​​member Com­mis­sion where four of the five mem­bers by law are required to have pro­fes­sional train­ing in spe­cific areas — engi­neer­ing or phys­i­cal sci­ence, envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, eco­nom­ics, and law. Com­mis­sioner Peter­man is the lead com­mis­sioner on renew­able energy and transportation.

Ms. Peter­man has con­ducted research at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Energy Insti­tute at Haas since 2006 and the Lawrence Berke­ley National Lab­o­ra­tory from 2008 to 2010. She was an envi­ron­men­tal busi­ness ana­lyst with com­mu­nity devel­op­ment non-​​profit Isles from 2004 to 2005 and was an asso­ciate focused on energy financ­ing in the invest­ment bank­ing divi­sion of Lehman Broth­ers from 2002 to 2004. Ms. Peter­man also served on the board of direc­tors for The Util­ity Reform Net­work from 2008–2011, most recently as Board Treasurer.

Ms. Peter­man will com­plete her doc­toral stud­ies this year in Energy and Resources at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Berke­ley. Her research focuses on solar pho­to­voltaic mar­kets, pol­icy, and finan­cial incen­tives. She has also worked and writ­ten on a wide range of Cal­i­for­nia energy and pol­icy issues includ­ing, cap-​​and-​​trade, effi­cacy of local envi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions, cli­mate change and com­mu­ni­ties of color, clean energy sub­si­dies, and energy secu­rity. Peter­man holds a B.A. in his­tory from Howard Uni­ver­sity and an M.S. in envi­ron­men­tal change and man­age­ment and an M.B.A. from Oxford Uni­ver­sity, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

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