The Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC) project’s primary goal is to provide technical assistance to West Coast jurisdictions committed to the Climate and Energy Action Plan (signed by leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington in late 2013). The central focus is to inform climate change efforts with a strong transportation energy component, such as nascent low-carbon fuels or broader carbon pricing policies in Oregon and Washington, and longer-standing efforts in British Columbia and California. Building on UC Davis expertise and research networks within and outside the university, the PCC project provides policy-ready research and analysis, and consultation. Its research team draws on scientific literature as well as lessons learned from climate and energy policies implemented in California to present the best available information relevant to low-carbon fuels and to carbon emissions and pricing programs.
As policymakers worldwide move forcefully to promote accelerated adoption of EVs, DEEP has research projects that will inform several important dimensions of policy. Some questions include: How responsive are consumers to EV purchase subsidies? How is adoption among low-income households affected by the presence of subsidies? Do low-income and minority-ethnicity households face barriers to purchasing EVs (e.g. discrimination or the need to drive farther to purchase EVs)? Does charging a large number of EVs affect reliability of the electricity grid? What are the pollution benefits of EVs and the causal effect of EV policies on greenhouse gas and local pollutant emissions? DEEP has active research investigating each of these questions, with projects funded by the Sloan Foundation, California Air Resources Board, and the California Department of Transportation.