Erik Porse, PhD

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Natural Gas Use in L.A. County

CC BY-SA 2.0, File:Aliso Canyon gas leak site, Dec. 14, 2015 (23389378449).jpg, Created: 14 December 2015

The shutdown of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility has threatened the reliability of energy supplies in Southern California. Reducing natural gas demands, especially during peak periods of summer and winter use, is critically important to preserve uninterrupted electricity and natural gas services throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan region. In winter, natural gas consumption […]

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The Scoop on Anaerobic Digestion

Anaerobic digestion has been used in wastewater treatment processes for decades.  Recent innovations, however, are making the technology more viable for commercial applications. Anaerobic digestion occurs when microbes degrade organic matter in the absence of oxygen gas. It can be used to treat sewage effluent, agricultural byproducts, and solid municipal wastes.  The microbes utilize oxygen […]

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Life in the Tails: Behavioral Economics

The question of merging individual (or organizational) decision-making with infrastructure design and management is supremely interesting, though not often engaged by the engineering community. For urban infrastructure, social systems are a key component of function. Individual decisions are influenced by personal views, interactions with peers, and larger social trends. This may not have a lot […]

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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Energy

Of late, I have been considering the need, and value, of interdisciplinary approaches to energy production and development. Here is an excerpt from some recent writing: We face the daunting task of promoting sustained increases in the standards of living for all peoples while creating settlement patterns that eliminate wasteful energy usage and contribute to […]

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