Daniel Kammen is the founding director of RAEL and professor of Energy, with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, The Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Kammen directs the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). During 2010 – 2011 Kammen served as the first Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He now serves as a Fellow of the U. S. State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA).
Kammen is the Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. Kammen received his undergraduate (Cornell A., B. ’84) and graduate (Harvard M. A. ’86, Ph.D. ’88) training is in physics After postdoctoral work at Caltech and Harvard, Kammen was professor and Chair of the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 1993 – 1998. He then moved to the University of California, Berkeley.
Kammen directs research programs on energy supply, transmission, the smart grid and low-carbon energy systems, on the life-cycle impacts of transportation options including electrified vehicles and land-use planning, and on energy for community development in Africa, Asia, and in Latin America.
Daniel Kammen is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Kammen is the co-developer of the Property Assessed Clean Energy [PACE] Financing Model: energy efficiency and solar energy financing plan that permit installation of clean energy systems on residences with no up-front costs. PACE was named by Scientific American as the #1 World Changing Idea of 2009 (co developer with Cisco DeVries). Kammen serves on the National Technical Advisory Board of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. He hosted the Discovery Channel series Ecopolis, and had appeared on Frontline, NOVA, and twice on 60 Minutes.
Kammen is the author of over 300 journal publications, 4 books, 30 technical reports, and has testified in front of state and the US House and Senate over 30 times.