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Igniting a Culture of Change: Evaluating the Los Trancos Community Maintenance District Home Hardening and Defensible Space Incentive Program

The state of California has experienced an increase in catastrophic wildfires in recent years, impacting our homes, environment, and economy. Wildfires, like the Tubbs Fire that burned in Northern California in 2017, are difficult to prevent, but as community members, we can ensure our homes are equipped to reduce wildfire risk and minimize destruction of our communities.

Key Legal Issues Impacting the Clean Energy Transition

Legal issues affecting the deployment of clean energy solutions are arising across the U.S. energy landscape. The Trump administration is scaling back industry-wide restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions, raising fundamental questions about Clean Air Act authority to drive down carbon emissions. Meanwhile, new clean energy and fossil-fuel-based infrastructure projects (e.g. gas pipelines; wind/solar projects) are encountering disparate regulatory treatment at the hands of federal and state agencies, raising contentious legal issues across a number of statutory frameworks.

Sophomore College Students Explore Clean Energy Technology and Policy in Hawaii

Before the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, the Bill Lane Center and the Precourt Institute for Energy sponsored a Sophomore College course exploring the practical, social, technical, and political issues surrounding energy production and use in Hawaii. Hawaii is at the forefront of technical changes in the electric grid and the uses of electricity, with an aspirational goal for 100% carbon-free electricity in 2045.

Why are California's Oils Some of the World's Dirtiest: A Panel with the Oil-Climate Index Team

Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C as early as 2030. In an effort to limit the earth’s temperature rise beyond this point, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has developed pathways to decarbonize energy supplies. Meeting these targets will be a tall order for the oil and gas sector. Massive reserves remain worldwide to manufacture transport fuels and countless consumer products. In California, where the oil industry took off 150 years ago, the climate impacts of petroleum are among the largest in the world.

Introduction to California and Western Energy: Video series

This series, developed by Bill Lane Center Affiliated Scholar and Precourt Energy Scholar Dian Grueneich, provides an understanding of California and Western energy, including relevant agencies and organizations, what they do, and how they operate. The videos cover California government agencies, California energy markets, stakeholders, and the two key Western energy organizations. The final lecture covers the major California climate and energy policies, including achievement, challenges, and innovation opportunities.


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