That’s if the SunShot Initiative’s goals to reduce the cost of solar are realized, according to a new University of California, Berkeley. The research used computer modeling to predict what the U.S. West’s energy infrastructure could look like by 2050.
The study was led by study leader Dan Kammen, a professor of Energy in UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group and will appear in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, in a piece that was written by graduate student Ana Mileva, coauthored by James Nelson and Josiah Johnston. In the study the researchers developed a computer model to predict what will happen if the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative succeeds, including the effects of potential carbon policies like a carbon cap.
Ever heard of California’s “Low Carbon Fuel Standard”? UC Berkeley prof Dan Kammen co-wrote it. What about the terms “cap and trade” and “carbon offsets”? Kammen helped popularize these concepts for the American public and transform the way we view energy consumption.
As director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab at the University of California, Berkeley — where he also holds appointments in the Environmental Resources Group and the Department of Nuclear Engineering — Kammen integrates scientific, policy and business research, then translates his research into action. He has served as Chief Technical Advisor – popularly known as the “Energy Czar” – to the World Bank and published innumerable books and academic articles.
On June 4th, Kammen will be speaking at Acterra’s Beyond Fossil Fuels lecture series about how we can shift away from carbon-based fuels using promising new technologies.
BN: What is your connection to the Bay Area?
Kammen: In 1998 I was Associate Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. The Energy and Resources Group here at Cal is world-famous, and they asked if I would be interested in joining the group. I was, so I joined that summer.
What drew me here was not just the climate or the environment, but the people. There are people studying climate change, people engaged in clean technologies – all kinds of wonderful, different people.
BN: How well are we doing in the Bay Area with regards to minimizing the use of fossil fuels?
"Placing a modest fee on petroleum and gas that is extracted from California can only benefit our state," said Dr. Daniel Kammen