Cheap Solar is Great, but Don’t Forget About Storage By Eric Daniel Fournier, M.A., M.E.Sc., Ph.D. How Low Can Solar Go? In June of this year, the global news media reverberated with reports of a record shattering low bid for the world’s cheapest commercial solar installation. The bid was the best of five submitted by […]
Alex Ricklefs and Eric Fournier describe the impact of nuclear power plant closures on energy storage needs in the Conversation (http://theconversation.com/). From the article: “Currently in California, energy storage is effectively provided by fossil fuel power plants. These natural gas and coal-powered plants provide steady “baseload” power and can ramp up generation to meet peaks […]
Alex Ricklefs of the CCSC has compiled a presentation on the impact of high heat events on the energy grid. Climate change has increased the number of extreme weather events in turn increasing energy demand. This presentation explores grid vulnerability in extreme weather events, including an analysis of the impact of renewable energy and water […]
Overview: The shutdown of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility has threatened the reliability of energy supplies in Southern California. Reducing natural gas demands, especially during peak periods of summer and winter use, is critically important to preserve uninterrupted electricity and natural gas services throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan region. In winter, natural gas […]
Since the launch of the Los Angeles Energy Atlas (energyatlas.ucla.edu) in 2015, CCSC has been collecting, processing, mapping, and analyzing updated building energy consumption data for Los Angeles County and beyond. See attached for more details on the updates underway. LA Energy Atlas Updates Photo by Giuseppe Milo, license CC by NC 2.0.
If L.A. wants to avoid summer blackouts and another Aliso Canyon, we need to reinvent our energy system. Here’s how… “Here in the Southland, we can help solve this part of the energy puzzle by using UCLA’s California Center for Sustainability Energy Atlas. The atlas displays aggregated electricity and natural gas billing data for the […]
“I want to see them burn, its only 4 degrees” – ANOHNI, on the song 4 Degrees By Alex Ricklefs The song 4 Degrees, off the artist ANOHNI’s new album ‘HOPELESSNESS’, addresses the concerns of increasing climate change in a manner that most likely has never been done before: passionately belting out pleas to watch […]
Funded by the CEC, this project will develop a sophisticated and in depth description of future demand, grid response, and vulnerability due to increased (and prolonged) heat events in Southern California Edison territory under current and future climate scenarios. It will enable innovative grid management and operation strategies and will identify adaptation guidance. For more […]
Urban metabolism (UM) is a systems approach for assessing sustainability by measuring the total energy, materials, and waste products that flow into and out of an urban area CCSC’s Urban metabolism approach is an enhancement to quantifying the sustainability of a built environment. This new methodology enhances typical urban metabolism in three ways: 1. Better granularity […]
CCSC has released its first interactive mapping website of electricity use in the City of Los Angeles! As a tool for visualizing and analyzing the energy usage trends within the city, this map brings greater transparency to the discussion of better energy investments, energy efficiency, and public policy. To learn more about the interactive map, please click […]
Today CCSC is releasing its first interactive mapping website of electricity use in the City of Los Angeles! As a tool for visualizing and analyzing the energy usage trends within the city, this map brings greater transparency to the discussion of better energy investments, energy efficiency, and public policy. This map displays average monthly energy […]
Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) provide a chance to save a significant amount of money on energy costs, but estimating the amount is much more complicated than using “miles per gallon” and distance traveled as with conventional vehicles. A host of new factors determine which plug-in vehicle can save consumers the most money including electric range, […]
The University of California is developing cutting edge technologies to address the challenges facing our communities. These new developments can help local governments, MPO’s, other agencies and organizations implement the requirements of SB 375 and related climate action legislation, as well as improve the quality of life for community members. Researchers and staff from UC […]
An urban metabolism framework can be used to assess urban sustainability. Conventionally, the framework analyzes direct material, energy and waste flows associated with urban environments to understand the consequent energy and environmental impacts of these flows. However, the conventional framework has at least three serious deficiencies if urban metabolism studies are to inform policy—namely the […]
This two-page summary highlights the most significant findings from our comparison of the Los Angeles Orange Line, Gold Line, and passenger vehicle. Click here to view the summary. Photo by Jonathan Riley, license CC 2.0.
As part of our Urban Metabolism 2.0 work, the UCLA group has been studying the solid waste stream in Los Angeles County. Quantifying the environmental impacts of this stream requires understanding the complexities of solid waste collection, processing, and disposal—activities which are governed at multiple jurisdictional levels, cross municipal boundaries, and involve hundreds of haulers […]
UCLA is collaborating with research partners at Arizona State University, University of California Davis and the Los Angeles Economic Roundtable to develop an updated urban metabolism framework that can measure the energy flows of contemporary cities. This methodology expands on the traditional urban metabolism framework, which is based on material flow analysis. Traditional urban […]
This literature review surveys the various conceptual and empirical studies associated with performance systems based research on urban flows. The review discusses the implications of these studies to larger research and policy questions to highlight points of convergence as well as areas of debate and opportunities for further research. Please click here to view the full report.
A presentation by Dr. Mikhail Chester of the first year life cycle assessment comparison of the Orange Line, Gold Line and a passenger vehicle in Los Angeles. The study uncovers 40% more GHGs related to public transit than traditional methods and show several times as many criteria pollutants. In addition, this presentation discusses the next […]
Life Cycle of Public Transit Changes Project Advisory Committee Meeting – April 6, 2011 Click here to view the presentation.
The objective of this project is to create a Community-Wide Energy Use Protocol and comprehensive energy baselines for California communities. These community baselines will be the first to capture direct, indirect, and supply chain energy. Integrating life-cycle accounting offers an assessment of how decisions result in effects within and beyond political borders. The Protocol will […]
This research will develop a methodology to assess the life-cycle energy impacts of changes to urban and regional transportation systems. This methodology will explain how embedded energy costs the transportation systems can potentially be captured and addressed in current regulations and policies. In addition, this methodology will be used to develop a preliminary life-cycle calculator […]
Public Interest Energy Research for the California State Energy Commission on Energy and Community Systems
After successfully developing a White Paper for the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program of the California State Energy Commission outlining a new approach to research on energy use in the state’s communities, we are developing a follow up research roadmap for the Commission. The new approach we proposed is based on the concept of […]
Presentation by the Center for Sustainable Urban Systems and Center for Climate Change Solutions. Click here to see the presentation.
Potential Targets and Benefits for Sustainable Communities Research, Development, and Demonstration funded by the PIER Program
Funded by the PIER Program is the final report for the development of a sustainable communities research framework conducted by the UCLA Institute of the Environment. The information from this project contributes to PIER’s Transportation Research Program. Prepared For: California Energy Commission Public Interest Energy Research Program Prepared By: Stephanie Pincetl and Paul M.E. Bunje Click here […]
Presentation by the Center for Sustainable Urban Systems and Center for Climate Change Solutions. Click here to view the presentation.