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Topic: Energy

Many facets of electricity generations, distribution, and consumption are overseen by state, county, and local officials. Most notably in the U.S., state public utility commissions play a critical role in shaping our electric grid and renewable energy policies. In addition, local authorities can promote energy efficiency by developing and implementing strategies that improve the efficiency of municipal facilities and operations or encouraging energy efficiency improvements in residential, commercial or industrial sectors with government-backed incentives. Because of the many ways that access to and use of electricity shape sustainable growth, industrial activity, development, and economic activity, state and local energy policy has far-reaching implications.


ESAL Articles and Events about Energy

Article - Sep 29, 2020
Cleaning Up Our Investments to Keep Earth Habitable

Ravi Mikkelsen is the co-founder of ATMOS Financial, an organization which builds banking solutions that allow customers to have a direct impact on the transition to a clean economy. He spoke with ESAL about how using his technical engineering degree to tackle climate change in the financial sector.

Article - Sep 14, 2020
Environment Deep Dive: Injecting Actionable Science into Mine Approval Decisions

ESAL spoke with Kendra Zamzow, an environmental chemist in Chickaloon, Alaska who provides scientific input to mining approval decisions on behalf of community groups and tribes throughout the country. The conversation covered the scientific and engineering issues associated with mining and how regulators learn about and use that information.

Article - Jul 5, 2020
Ensuring a Just Transition to Electric Vehicles in California

While electric vehicles are a critical part of local climate change and air pollution mitigation, structural barriers create gaps in charging infrastructure for marginalized communities. ESAL volunteer Chris Jackson recently published a policy brief outlining how policymakers can ensure that those benefits are equitably distributed.

Article - May 24, 2020
Condensed Matter Theorist Leads On Clean Energy

Aimee Bailey's interest in climate change took her from a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics to the local energy utility sector. She now leads a portfolio of electrification initiatives as the director of decarbonization and grid innovation at Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

Article - Sep 8, 2019
Data-driven non-profit propels energy policy

Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) generates original research on energy production and clean energy transitions with a focus on environmental justice. ESAL spoke with PSE's Elena Krieger to see how they empower community stakeholders to use science and data to create evidence-based policy.

Article - Jul 14, 2019
New Energy Nexus: Clean Energy and the Startup ‘Ecosystem’

Ken Alston brought his experience working at the Department of Energy and Obama administration to New Energy Nexus, where he focuses on supporting entrepreneurs and international startups. The organization’s ambitious platform includes elevating 100,000 startups by 2030 in a quest to reach 100% clean energy.

Article - Mar 10, 2019
Fellowship Sparks Local Progress Toward Climate Resilience

The CivicSpark fellowship program has engaged over 200 fellows and some 35,000 California residents on projects concerning sea level rise, affordable housing, climate action planning, and sustainable transportation. Scheuer told ESAL about the program’s new “resilience” focus as they prepare to select their latest cohort of fellows.

Article - Jun 11, 2018
Meeting with a City Official

In the second part of this month's "Postcard", Arti Garg describes a follow-up discussion she had with her city's economic development manager after offering public comments at a city council committee meeting. She wrote a one-page summary proposing that the city prioritize cleantech hardware in its development plan.

Article - May 14, 2018
Attending a Public Utility Workshop

In this month's "Postcard", Rachna Handa describes how she attended a public workshop for her county's community choice energy aggregator. She walked away from this all-day public forum and panel discussion motivated and energized to take part in local decision-making.

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