Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

California and UC Berkeley

California is the national leader in development of new climate and Energy Policy innovation
  • California recently enacted two new climate policy statutes making its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction program equal to the most stringent globally – requiring a 40% reduction below 1990 GHG emission levels by 2030.
  • Target to be met through a combination of policies and market-based measures (potentially expanded cap and trade).
  • AB 197 specifies that direct emission reductions from large stationary sources should be a priority and requires assessment of the social costs of particular emission reduction steps to address environmental justice concerns.
  • New policies are to be coupled with the state’s requirement that 50% of electricity be produced from renewable energy by 2030, its mandate to produce 12,000 megawatts of electricity from distributed generation, its zero emissions vehicles mandates, and its tough energy efficiency requirements.
  • The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is also leading in ratemaking innovation for the electricity sector, particularly in the areas of distributed generation, net metering to promote solar energy, microgrid development, and incentives for demand response.
UC Berkeley's Role in California, US, and International Climate and Energy Policy
  • UC Berkeley experts from the Goldman School and other departments have traditionally advised key agencies in California on climate and energy policy.
  • Center for Environmental Public Policy seeks to serve as a key convenor on campus to increase the impact of Berkeley faculty and researchers on the development of such policies in California and beyond.
  • California’s leadership in climate and energy policy is a great “drawing card” for both developing and developed country experts and senior officials.