Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) channels the expertise of the Berkeley Law community into pragmatic, creative policy solutions to critical environmental and energy challenges.


Developing Risk Regulation and a Safety Culture for DPR

Big Spring Raw Water Production Facility, an active DPR plant in Texas. Credit: Hazen and Sawyer

Direct potable water reuse (DPR), the injection of purified wastewater into drinking water systems, is garnering increasing interest in California, but does not come without risks.

In a new article we argue that proponents of DPR could benefit from proactively developing a safety culture and establishing an effective industry-wide auditing organization that investigates unanticipated system failures.

From the Blog

November 2017

AB 1755 and Beyond: Open and Transparent Water Data for California

In collaboration with our partners at UC Water and Lawrence Berkeley Lab, we convened our capstone workshop on the implementation of AB-1755, California’s Open and Transparent Water Data Act. Attendees from more than 60 organizations representing government, industry, water districts, universities, national laboratories, and the state legislature gathered to provide input on the creation of a statewide platform for integrated water data. Our report stemming from this workshop series will be released early in 2018.

Photos from this event are available here

September 2017

Doubling Energy Efficiency in California’s Existing Buildings: How Will We Finance It?

When: Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 5-7pm
Where: Warren Room (295 Boalt), UC Berkeley School of Law

UC Berkeley and UCLA Law held an evening event on energy efficiency retrofit finance at UC Berkeley Law on Thursday, September 21st.

Following up on our 2016  report, Powering the Savings, speakers, included California Energy Commissioner Andrew McAllister, focusing on recent innovations, new policies, and promising success stories on metered energy efficiency that the state can build on to achieve these ambitious and necessary climate and energy goals.

Photos from this event are available here

August 2017

Issue Brief: The Next 40 Years of California’s Coastal Act

Drawing from the discussions during our November 2016 symposium, CLEE and our partners have drafted an issue brief outlining key challenges for California’s coastal governance. Using lessons from California history in preserving its coast, The Past, Present, and Future of California’s Coastal Act: Overcoming Division to Comprehensively Manage the Coast identifies key questions we need to answer and begins to chart a course for the next 40 years of Coastal Act implementation.

August 2017

California’s Climate Programs Brought 41,000 Jobs and $9.1 Billion to the Inland Empire

CLEE and our research partners have completed the first comprehensive, academic study of the economic effects of existing climate and clean energy policies in Southern California’s Inland Empire. Together with UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education, and working with the nonpartisan nonprofit Next 10, the study, The Net Economic Impacts of California’s Major Climate Programs in the Inland Empire, estimates a net benefit of $9.1 billion in direct economic activity and 41,000 net direct jobs from 2010 to 2016 in the region.

Also see our webinar discussion of these findings.