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Jess Carney

Jess Car­ney is inter­est­ed in under­stand­ing how sus­tain­able ener­gy inte­gra­tion impacts pow­er grids and elec­tric­i­ty mar­kets. She received her under­grad­u­ate degree at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty in 2018, where she majored in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence and minored in Applied Math­e­mat­ics and Sta­tis­tics. She has held intern­ships at the Inde­pen­dent Sys­tem Oper­a­tor or New Eng­land (ISO-NE), study­ing envi­ron­men­tal pol­i­cy and its effect on car­bon emis­sions and ener­gy prices, and at the Ver­mont Elec­tric Pow­er Com­pa­ny (VELCO), ana­lyz­ing the impact of high renew­able pen­e­tra­tion on sys­tem sta­bil­i­ty and inte­grat­ing state renew­able goals into trans­mis­sion plan­ning procedures.

She has wide-rang­ing inter­ests that include renew­able ener­gy inte­gra­tion, grid sta­bil­i­ty, ener­gy access, and ener­gy lit­er­a­cy and education.

Gordon Bauer

Gor­don received his Batch­e­lor’s Degree with High­est Hon­ors in Chem­istry from Williams Col­lege (2013), and then con­duct­ed research on solar ener­gy in Nicaragua, and then spend­ing time as a Vis­it­ing Schol­ar at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oslo where he con­duct­ed research on the usage of elec­tric vehi­cles in Nor­way as a fel­low with the Amer­i­can Scan­di­na­vian Foundation.

At UC Berke­ley and in ERG, Gor­don is a Grad­u­ate Research Fel­low where he works with Dr. Susan Sha­heen in the Trans­porta­tion Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Research Cen­ter, at Law­er­ence Berke­ley Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry, and in RAEL.


Present posi­tion:

Researcher, Inter­na­tion­al Coun­cil on Clean Transportation


Countercyclical energy and climate policy for the U.S.

Con­tin­u­a­tion of the U.S.s his­tor­i­cal pat­tern address­ing ener­gy prob­lems only in times of cri­sis is unlike­ly to cat­alyze a tran­si­tion to an ener­gy sys­tem with few­er adverse social impacts. Instead, the U.S. needs to bol­ster sup­port for ener­gy inno­va­tion when the per­ceived urgency of ener­gy-relat­ed prob­lems appears to be reced­ing. Because of the lags involved in both the ener­gy sys­tem and the climate sys­tem, decar­boniz­ing the econ­o­my will require extra­or­dinary per­sis­tence over decades. This need for sus­tained com­mit­ment is in con­trast to the last several decades, which have been marked by volatil­i­ty and cycles of boom and bust.  In con­trast to the often ‑repeat­ed phrase that one should nev­er let a good cri­sis go to waste, the U.S. needs to most active­ly fos­ter ener­gy inno­va­tion when aspects of ener­gy and cli­mate prob­lems appear to be improv­ing. We describe the ratio­nale for a coun­ter­cycli­cal approach to ener­gy and cli­mate pol­i­cy, which involves pre-com­mitment t o a set of poli­cies that go into effect once a set of trigger con­di­tions are met.

Kittner, Noah

Noah Kit­tner is now a Pro­fes­sor in both City and Region­al Plan­ning, and Glob­al Pub­lic Health at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na, Chapel Hill.

Noah Kit­tner was a PhD stu­dent in the Ener­gy and Resources Group at UC Berke­ley and researcher in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Ener­gy Lab­o­ra­to­ry. After grad­u­at­ing with a BS in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence from UNC-Chapel Hill (high­est hon­ors), Noah was a Ful­bright Fel­low at the Joint Grad­u­ate School for Ener­gy and Envi­ron­ment in Bangkok, Thai­land research­ing tech­ni­cal and pol­i­cy aspects of solar elec­tric­i­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty assess­ment. Recent­ly, he co-authored a Thai Solar PV Roadmap with col­leagues at Chu­la­longko­rn University.

He has worked on renew­able ener­gy issues in a vari­ety of con­texts, includ­ing mea­sur­ing land use change and bio­mass fuel uses in west­ern Ugan­da, installing solar pan­els in Mex­i­co, and elec­tric­i­ty grid mod­el­ing in Koso­vo. He is sup­port­ed through the Berke­ley Cen­ter for Green Chem­istry as a SAGE-IGERT fel­low, Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion as a Grad­u­ate Research Fel­low, USAID, and has won an award from the Nation­al Go Solar Foun­da­tion for his work on solar photovoltaics.

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