Topic: Energy

Residential rooftop with solar photovoltaic panels.

The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Home Decarbonization

Decarbonizing the U.S. housing sector, while crucial for combatting climate change, faces challenges of market scalability and affordability. A recent report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory identifies key challenges to advancing residential decarbonization and explains how solutions—such as the Oakland EcoBlock project—offer opportunities for a clean energy future.

Rows of solar photovoltaic panels and wind turbines behind a chain link fence.

California’s Growing Solar and Wind Problem

Here in California, we are working to be world leaders in the fight against climate change. State law requires that by 2030, 60% of electricity be supplied by renewable energy, and by 2045, 100% of electricity be from carbon-free or renewable energy sources. To reach these goals, we will need to build and use more renewable energy, primarily solar and wind generation.

A rural part of Cambodia. A strip of land with a shack and some livestock in the front borders a body of water where a small blue boat floats, with a boy standing in the boat.

Microgrids in Cambodia: Promoting Rural Energy Access

Cambodia has one of the lowest electrification rates in Southeast Asia, with a large difference in energy access between city and rural residents. EcoBlock Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Miriam Aczel looks at one creative solution utilizing smart community microgrids that could be a model for bringing power to Cambodia’s under-resourced areas.

A square-shaped smart thermostat depicting a home’s indoor temperature.

BECC Webinar Recap: ‘Equitable Digitalization of Residential Energy Technologies’

The use of residential smart technology has led to new energy efficiency investments, but important questions remain regarding who benefits from home energy digitalization and how to ensure it is equitable. Empowering and engaging with people, particularly the most vulnerable, is key to better understanding and utilizing these technologies.

Therese Peffer, Miriam Aczel, and Kate Ringness. Text reads: Happy Energy Efficiency Day!

Celebrating Energy Efficiency Day

October 5 marks Energy Efficiency Day, a nationwide campaign that celebrates the benefits of sustainable energy use. The EcoBlock team is certainly no stranger to efficiency–in fact, here are some of the ways they conserve energy in their daily lives.

Plumes of smoke rising from a nuclear power plant

How is Electricity Generated, Anyway?

We use electricity to turn on the lights, charge our phones, and participate in a wide variety of activities. But where exactly does electricity come from?