Haas Newsroom


Sustainable Energy Initiatives Converge at New Institute at UC Berkeley’s Business School


October 19, 2009


Haas School Media Relations:


Ute Frey
(510) 642-0342


Recognizing the vital role business will play in responding to energy and climate change challenges, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, is launching a new energy institute.


The new Energy Institute at Haas will address both the rising need for research and the growing student interest in the markets, policy, and technology for sustainable energy. Berkeley and Haas have long held a leadership position in this field. The new Energy Institute will advance related research and teaching, and offer a variety of events and initiatives for the community.


The Energy Institute at Haas is the result of a merger of two highly successful programs: the UC Energy Institute’s Center for the Study of Energy Markets and the Haas School’s Center for Energy and Environmental Innovation.


The Haas School will celebrate the creation of its Energy Institute with a launch event on October 30. Matt Rogers, senior adviser to US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, will discuss Department of Energy’s strategies for addressing the country’s energy and climate change challenges. See event details below.


“Sustainable energy is an area of tremendous growth and opportunity; it is also an area in need of new technologies and business models,” says Haas School Dean Rich Lyons. “Our Haas School has long provided deep competency in this area -- our depth and breadth are unsurpassed at any other business school. We’re proud to expand even further with our new Energy Institute at Haas.”


Haas School Professors Severin Borenstein, the E.T. Grether Chair in Business Administration and Public Policy, and Catherine Wolfram, a Barbara & Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow, will serve as the Energy Institute’s faculty directors.


“We have a tremendously active and committed group of students interested in clean energy solutions,” says Professor Wolfram. “The more we can put them in touch with the great scientific research being done on energy on the Berkeley campus and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the greater opportunity we have to bring real solutions to the marketplace.”


Among the Institute’s activities are:


“Among top business schools, Haas has the broadest curriculum and most active student body in energy and environmental business,” says Severin Borenstein.  “The Energy Institute at Haas will solidify our strength in this area.”


A growing number of Haas graduates also take clean-tech or energy-related jobs with a wide range of organizations from utilities to solar, energy efficiency, and other sustainable energy startups.


In addition to Professors Severin Borenstein and Catherine Wolfram, the Energy Institute at Haas counts among its key faculty experts:


Related faculty research is available on the Energy Institute at Haas web site.




Energy Institute at Haas Launch Event


WHAT:                  Keynote address to celebrate the launch of the Energy Institute at Haas.

WHO:                    Matt Rogers, senior advisor to US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who directs the disbursement of energy-related stimulus money.

WHERE:                Haas School of Business, Andersen Auditorium, UC Berkeley campus

WHEN:                 October 30, 11:30 to 12:30 pm, followed by a networking reception


The event will be open to the public. Representatives from the media are welcome to attend. To RSVP, please contact Ute S. Frey at 510-642-0342 or frey@haas.berkeley.edu.

All others may register by sending email with their name and affiliation to ei@haas.berkeley.edu.