RAEL Alumni

Peter Alstone

Peter’s research focus areas are infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy approaches to energy devel­op­ment, under­stand­ing mar­kets for demand-​​side energy tech­nol­ogy, and energy tech­nol­ogy pol­icy. Out­side of aca­d­e­mics, he con­tributes to the Light­ing Global pro­gram, which sup­ports the mar­ket for mod­ern off-​​grid light­ing in the devel­op­ing world. Peter’s work for Light­ing Global includes tech­ni­cal and engi­neer­ing sup­port, pol­icy devel­op­ment, […]

Solomon Abede Asfaw

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 is currently a Philomathia postdoctoral fellow at University of California - Berkeley.

Robert Bailis

Rob is interested in sustainability, resource use, and environmental change in the developing world. He explores these issues principally, though not exclusively, in the context of energy. He became interested in the intersection of energy, society, and environment while working as a teacher in the US Peace Corps in a remote community in northwestern Kenya. He uses an interdisciplinary approach that places equal emphasis on qualitative and quantitative methods across a range of scales, from local to regional and global. Follow this link for more information about his past and current research. https://environment.yale.edu/profile/bailis/

Christian Casillas

Chris­t­ian is an inde­pen­dent scholar work­ing on tech­ni­cal and cul­tural dri­vers of sus­tain­able, local energy systems.

Cheng (Andy) Zheng

Andy Zheng grad­u­ated from U.C. Berke­ley in Decem­ber 2014 with a Ph.D. in Mechan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing. Super­vised by Prof. Daniel Kam­men, his main research inter­est is energy pol­icy in the global solar pho­to­voltaic (PV) indus­try, with a focus on the role of R&D fund­ing, inno­va­tion, and deploy­ment incen­tives on cost reduc­tion of the PV tech­nol­ogy. In […]

 Felix Cruetzig

Dr. Felix Creutzig is head of the working group Land Use, Infrastructures and Transport. He is lead author of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and was lead analyst of the Global Energy Assessment. Felix Creutzig teaches courses about climate change and infrastructures at Technische Universität Berlin. His research focuses on: • Conceptualizing and quantifying GHG emissions of cities world-wide • Assessing opportunities for GHG mitigation of cities world-wide • Building models of sustainable urban form and transport • Land rents as a complement for financing sustainable infrastructures • Analyzing the role of capital stocks and infrastructures for climate change mitigation • Land use-mediated uncertainty in integrated assessments, particularly those related to bioenergy Since 2009 Felix Creutzig is also group leader at the Department of the Economics of Climate Change at Technische Universität Berlin. He was a postdoc fellow at the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, collaborating with Dan Kammen, Lee Schipper and Elizabeth Deakin, and the Energy Foundation China in Beijing. Felix Creutzig received his PhD in Computational Neuroscience from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and holds a Master of Advanced Studies (Path III in Mathematics) from Cambridge University, UK.

Majid Ezzati

My research focuses on exposure to, and health effects of, environmental, behavioural, nutritional, and metabolic risk factors and their interventions at the population level. The research activities routinely combine concepts, data, and methods from a range of environmental, health, and quantitative sciences with a systems perspective. We collect and analyze primary field data on environmental risk factors (primarily air pollution). We also develop and apply analytical models to combinations of primary and secondary data to estimate health effects of risk factor exposures and interventions. You can learn about our past and ongoing studies, and see their results and publications, through the Environment and Global Health Research Group page.

Kevin Fingerman

http://www2.humboldt.edu/environment/faculty-and-staff/dr.-kevin-fingerman 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.

Dimitry Gershenson

Dim­itry Ger­shen­son is an Energy Access Pro­gram Man­ager at Face­book. Prior to his cur­rent role, Dim­itry com­pleted his MS at UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, where he focused on decen­tral­ized elec­tri­fi­ca­tion in East Africa, finance and invest­ment for energy access, and the second-​​life appli­ca­tions of retired elec­tric vehi­cle bat­ter­ies. He received his Bach­e­lors at […]

Chris Greacen

Chris Greacen has worked on policy and hands-on implementation of renewable energy from village to government levels. As co-director of the non-profit organization Palang Thai he helped draft Thailand's Very Small Power Producer (VSPP) policies, which account for over 1200 MW of renewable energy on-line and additional 3700 MW with signed PPAs as of March 2012. He conducted dozens of studies on renewable energy and power sector planning and governance in Thailand, including a government-commissioned study that helped shape Thailand’s design of its feed-in tariff program. As a World Bank consultant he has worked since 2008 with the Tanzanian Energy Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) to draft guidelines and rules for Tanzania’s Small Power Producer (SPP) program, which streamlines deployment of renewable energy mini-grids for rural electrification and grid-connected renewable energy to augment Tanzania's national grid. With the Border Green Energy Team (BGET) he has led installation of 13 pico-hydropower projects with remote communities in the Thai-Burma border area, as well as leading the construction of dozens of solar electric systems for remote medical clinics in eastern Burma. His PhD dissertation from the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the University of California at Berkeley focused on micro-hydroelectricity in rural Thailand. He also has a BA in Physics from Reed College with a thesis on solar photovoltaic semiconductor physics. He has worked on renewable energy projects in Nepal, India, Burma, Cambodia, China, Guatemala, Micronesia, North Korea, Tibet, Vanuatu, Vietnam, and on Native American reservations.

Gang He

Gang He is now an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Tech­nol­ogy and Society 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 […]

Nate Hultman

Prof. Hult­man is cur­rently on leave from the Uni­ver­sity. He is serv­ing as Deputy Asso­ciate Direc­tor for Energy & Cli­mate Change in the White House Coun­cil on Envi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity. After this gov­ern­ment ser­vice, he will return to the School of Pub­lic Pol­icy and the Joint Global Change Research Institute. Prof. Hult­man is Direc­tor of Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy pro­gram at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land […]

Arne Jacobson

Dr. Jacobson is the SERC Director and an associate professor of Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University. He is also the coordinator of HSU’s master’s program in Energy Technology and Policy. Dr. Jacboson has a Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in Environmental Systems (engineering option) from Humboldt State. His areas of research interest include renewable energy technology, energy and climate change mitigation policy, and energy access for low income people in developing countries. His work is interdisciplinary, combining renewable energy engineering, energy policy, and a social geography based approach to international development studies. Dr. Jacobson has extensive international work experience in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, including recent work focused on the development of an international program to ensure the quality of affordable LED-based off-grid lighting systems appropriate for use by low income people in developing countries.

Josiah Johnston

I grew up in a rural part of the Ozark Moun­tains. I’m great at con­struc­tion and swing­ing a pick. Between col­lege and grad school I lived in Bal­ti­more for five years. When I left for grad school, I was a tenured researcher in a genet­ics lab and had a seat on the board of a com­mu­nity devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion. I came to ERG in attempts to […]

Joe Kantenbacher

Joe's scholarship in centered on issues of environmental behavior and sustainable consumption. With his research, he explores the connections between energy and goods consumption and happiness, interrogating the theory that reduced consumption can support improvements in quality of life. He is particularly interested in the potential for discussions about time use to support, enhance, and accelerate movement toward a more sustainable and satisfying economy. Joe is currently a PhD Candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and, before beginning graduate studies, was an assistant gentleman-farmer in British Columbia.

Charles Kirubi

Gathu Kirubi, brings strong ana­lyt­i­cal skills and demon­strated man­age­ment expe­ri­ence cut­ting across renew­able energy, rural devel­op­ment and micro-​​finance. Aside from hold­ing a PhD in Energy & Rural Devel­op­ment from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Berke­ley, a pre­mier insti­tu­tion in the field, Kirubi brings to Solar Tran­si­tions over 10 years  expe­ri­ence in inno­va­tion and lead­er­ship in design­ing and […]

Cathy Kunkel

Kunkel is the co-​​author of Moun­tain State Maneu­ver: AEP and FirstEn­ergy try to stick ratepay­ers with risky coal plants and tes­ti­fied for the West Vir­ginia Cit­i­zen Action Group in recent AEP and FirstEn­ergy cases. She has pub­lished arti­cles regard­ing the design and imple­men­ta­tion of car­bon cap and div­i­dend poli­cies and cre­ated guides for local gov­ern­ments regard­ing energy efficiency. Kunkel […]

Joanna Lewis

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 […]

Timothy Lipman

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.

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Ana Mileva

Dr. Mileva‘s work focuses on mod­el­ing the oper­a­tions of elec­tric­ity sys­tems with high pen­e­tra­tion lev­els of inter­mit­tent renew­able energy. She joined E3 in 2014 after com­plet­ing her Ph.D. in the Energy and Resources Group at U.C. Berke­ley. Her doc­toral work con­tributed a novel mod­el­ing plat­form to explore the fea­si­bil­ity and cost of deeply decar­bonized power sys­tems. […]

James H. Nelson

Jimmy Nel­son joined UCS in the fall of 2013 as the Cli­mate and Energy Program’s new Kendall Sci­ence Fel­low and will be work­ing from our Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia office through Novem­ber 2014. Laura Wis­land, senior energy ana­lyst in the Cli­mate and Energy Pro­gram, is his supervisor. As a Kendall sci­ence fel­low, Jimmy will explore sce­nar­ios for […]

Greg Nemet

Gregory Nemet is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Nelson Institute's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He is also chair of the Energy Analysis and Policy certificate program His research and teaching focus on improving analysis of the global energy system and, more generally, on understanding how to expand access to energy services while reducing environmental impacts. He teaches courses in energy systems analysis, governance of global energy problems, and international environmental policy. Professor Nemet's research analyzes the process of technological change in energy and its interactions with public policy. These projects fall in two areas: (1) empirical analysis identifying the influences on past technological change and (2) modeling of the effects of policy instruments on future technological outcomes. The first includes assessment of public policy, research and development, learning by doing, and knowledge spillovers. An example of the second is work informing allocation between research and development and demand-side policy instruments to address climate change. In 2015, he received the H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, which honors outstanding University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty members for their research contributions.He has been a contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Global Energy Assessment. He received his doctorate in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. His A.B. is in geography and economics from Dartmouth College.

Carla Peterman

http://​www​.energy​.ca​.gov/​c​o​m​m​i​s​s​i​o​n​e​r​s​/​p​e​t​e​r​m​a​n​.​h​tml 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 […]

Rebekah Shirley

Rebekah Shirley is cur­rently a PhD stu­dent with the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley where she also obtained a MSc. Energy and Resources and a MSc. Civil Engi­neer­ing. She has a Bach­e­lor of Arts and Sci­ence in Envi­ron­ment at McGill Uni­ver­sity. She is from Trinidad and Tobago and worked there doing envi­ron­men­tal impact […]

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