March 18, 2018 to March 19, 2018

6:30 pm / 12:00 am

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355


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8:30 am – 9:00 am

Check-in and Light Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:10 am

Welcome and Introduction​

9:10 am – 10:00 am

Panel/ Dialogue – Expanding Renewable Energy Generation, Distribution, and Storage –

A Policy and Management Approach

  • Greening the LA Power Grid:  Comparing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Southern California Edison Regulatory Models

Ann Carlson | Law and William Boyd | Law, University of Colorado​

  • Agent-Based Modeling of Solar Power Adoption by Los Angeles County Residents

Timothy Malloy | Law​

  • ‘Greening’ the Mix Through Community Choice: Toward a 100% Renewable Energy Los Angeles

Sean Kennedy | Urban Planning

10:00 am – 11:05 am

Panel/ Dialogue – Ensuring Energy System Sustainability

  • Air Pollution and its Health Effects in California: Source Apportionment and Possible Solution through Deep Decarbonization

Yifang Zhu | Environmental Health Sciences​

  • Life Cycle Assessment of Alternative Fuels from Waste Biomass Resources

Deepak Rajagopal | Institute of the Environment & Sustainability​

  • Energy siting and ecosystem health impacts (title TBD)

Tom Smith | Ecology & Evolutionary Biology​

  • Energy siting and ecosystem health impacts (title TBD)

Brad Shaffer | Ecology & Evolutionary Biology​

11:05 am – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Panel/ Dialogue – Expanding Renewable Energy Generation, Distribution, and Storage –

A Technical Approach

  • LA Energy Assessment

Richard Wirz | Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering​

  • Integrated Spectral Leverage Amplification (iSLA) System for Thermal Solar Energy Harvesting

Yongjie Hu | Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering​

  • Recent Progress of UCLA Thin Film Solar Cell Research

Yang Yang | Materials Science & Engineering​

  • Title TBD

Laurent Pilon | Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering​

  • A Modern Framework for Smart Grids: Cooperating Microgrids via Distributed Energy Resource, Combining Solar Photovoltaics, Electric Vehicles, and Energy Storage Systems

Rajit Gadh | Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

12:30 pm – 12:55 pm


12:55 pm – 1:45 pm

Panel/ Dialogue – Improving Management of Energy​

  • Competition Between Efficiency and Growth in the Pursuit of Residential Energy Conservation

Eric Fournier | Institute of the Environment & Sustainability​

  • Evaluating the Potential of Transportation Network Company Services Integrated with an Expanding Transit System to Accelerate Zero Emission Vehicle Deployment in Los Angeles

Juan Matute | UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies​

  • Automated Vehicles for Sustainable Cities: Field Experiments and Future Outlooks in Los Angeles

Chee Wei Wong | Electrical Engineering​

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm 

Next Steps and Closing Remarks