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.
California’s housing affordability crisis has rightly received a great deal of attention. To help understand whether CEQA or local land-use law constrain housing development, we collected data on all residential development projects (of more than five units) over a three-year period in five Bay Area cities. Our new report analyzes the law applicable to these residential development projects.
Also see our op-ed on CEQA and local land-use law in City Watch LA
From the Blog
The Social Cost of Carbon – Revisited (02/22/2018)
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Surveying the Landscape of Local Zoning and CEQA (02/21/2018)
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Trump vs. Obama: Comparing Their First-Year Records (02/19/2018)
There’s been a lot of sound and fury, and many p ... [read more]
Scott Pruitt’s Faulty Logic (02/15/2018)
An earlier blog post pointed to a logical gap in t ... [read more]
[This is the sixth post in a series expressing my ... [read more]
Small Hands/Small Infrastructure (02/12/2018)
The initial response to Trump’s infrastructu ... [read more]
Ninth Circuit rules Clean Water Act permit required for indirect discharge to ocean waters (02/09/2018)
It was a great exam question (at least I thought s ... [read more]
Eight Setbacks for Trump (02/08/2018)
The Trump Administration has begun some bold initi ... [read more]
In 2017, we continued to support business efforts to help meet our clean energy goals, analyzed the implications of groundwater trading, and examined how international linkages can address the climate change impacts on our oceans. We also began an an initiative focused on the intersection of AI and environmental governance, and welcomed a Senior Visiting Fellow to examine how fossil fuel dependent states can better plan for long-term sustainability.
Read more about our work in 2017 and our plans for the future in our 2018 Snapshot
A lack of data and information has limited our ability to understand, let alone better manage, all aspects of our water resources. Our new report supports California’s efforts to develop modern water data systems, arguing that simply providing more data is not enough, and that generating useful and useable information hinges on the development of data systems that begin with the needs of the end user. The report describes lessons learned from a process of stakeholder engagement focused on defining and clarifying uses of water data.
Also see our op-ed on water data in The Sacramento Bee
In a new comment on the proposed EPA ruelmamaking to rescind the Clean Power Plan, Professors Dan Farber and Kirsten Engel (Arizona University and Arizona House of Representatives) argue that Obama’s Clean Power Plan does not mandate that polluting utilities get replacement power outside the fenceline. Instead, they argue that what the Clean Power Plan mandates, and what is important for cutting carbon, is that the utility make less use of coal-fired plants — a decision that takes place entirely within the fenceline.
Also see our Legal Planet blog post, The Off-Switch is Inside the Fenceline, summarizing this argument
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
CLIMATE & ENERGY
- The Net Economic Impacts of California’s Major Climate Programs in the Inland Empire (Aug 2017)
- Plugging Away: How to Boost Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (June 2017)
- The Economic Impacts of California’s Major Climate Programs on the San Joaquin Valley (Jan 2017)
- Data for Water Decision Making: Informing the Implementation of California’s Open and Transparent Water Data Act through Research and Engagement (Jan 2018)
- Of Dreamliners and Drinking Water: Developing Risk Regulation and Safety Culture for Direct Potable Reuse (Water Resour Manage, Oct 2017)
- Trading Sustainably: Critical Considerations for Local Groundwater Markets Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (June 2017)
- Getting it Right: Examining the Local Land Use Entitlement Process in California to Inform Policy and Process (Feb 2018)
- Right Type, Right Place: Assessing the Environmental and Economic Impacts of Infill Residential Development Through 2030 (Mar 2017)