ESCA Collaborations

A core component of the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis group is the crosscutting nature of the group's work, which involves leadership contributions to EPRI Initiatives, as well as expert participation in forums outside of EPRI, and partnerships with leading climate and energy organizations around the world.

Climate READi — Climate Resilience and Adaptation Initiative

Associated ESCA Staff: Laura Fischer, Andrea Staid, Delavane Diaz, Francisco Fonseca, Erik Smith, Daniel Kirk-Davidoff, Jonathan Lala, Ridwan Siddique

In response to the need to prepare the power system against the effects of climate change, EPRI launched the Climate Resilience and Adaptation Initiative (Climate READi). The initiative is built on the understanding that the resilience of the electric power system requires unprecedented collaboration. Climate READi will leverage decades of research by EPRI, U.S. National Research Laboratories, the DOE, academic institutions, and others to create a comprehensive, industry-accepted framework to guide electricity system adaptation and resilience decisions and investments.

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LCRI — Low Carbon Resources Initiative

Associated ESCA Staff: Geoff Blanford, John Bistline, Anahi Molar-Cruz, Nils Johnson, Todd Gorgian, Romey James, Qianru Zhu

EPRI and GTI Energy are together addressing the need to accelerate development and demonstration of low- and zero-carbon energy technologies.

The Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI) will focus on large-scale deployment to 2030 and beyond. Fundamental advances in a variety of low-carbon electric generation technologies and low-carbon chemical energy carriers - such as clean hydrogen, bioenergy, and renewable natural gas - are needed to enable affordable pathways to economy-wide decarbonization.

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Shared Energy Economy

Associated ESCA Staff: Geoff Blanford, John Bistline, Nils Johnson

A cross-cutting effort to integrate existing R&D to accelerate our ability to enable end-use demand flexibility for providing grid reliability and resiliency. The initiative focuses on technology development and customer adoption, modeling resource capabilities, and operation processes to deploy demand flexibility resources for providing grid services.

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Resource Adequacy Initiative

Associated ESCA Staff: Nidhi Santen, Naga Srujana Goteti, Steve Dahlke, Daniel Kirk-Davidoff

A cross-cutting effort to integrate existing R&D to accelerate our ability to enable end-use demand flexibility for providing grid reliability and resiliency. The initiative focuses on technology development and customer adoption, modeling resource capabilities, and operation processes to deploy demand flexibility resources for providing grid services.

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Integrated Strategic System Planning (ISSP)

Associated ESCA Staff: Nidhi Santen, Naga Srujana Goteti, Karen Tapia-Ahumada, Steve Dahlke, Qianru Zhu

The ISSP initiative is developing an analytical framework to assess future expansion plans across supply and delivery that incorporates distributed resources and ensures reliability. ISSP seeks to answer the following key strategic questions: what is the least-cost resource path to system-wide decarbonization? Is there sufficient capacity, energy, and flexibility to reliably balance supply and demand? What are the T&D investments for reliability and resiliency in a distributed, inverter-based supply mix? What T&D investments serve electrification and enable demand flexibility?

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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Associated ESCA Staff: John Bistline (Chapter Author, Mitigation of Climate Change), Delavane Diaz (Chapter Scientist and Contributing Author, Mitigation of Climate Change), Steve Rose (Lead Author, Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. The objective of the IPCC is to provide governments at all levels with scientific information that they can use to develop climate policies. IPCC reports are also a key input into international climate change negotiations. For the assessment reports, experts volunteer their time as IPCC authors to assess the thousands of scientific papers published each year to provide a comprehensive summary of what is known about the drivers of climate change, its impacts, and future risks, and how adaptation and mitigation can reduce those risks.

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National Climate Assessment (NCA)

Associated ESCA Staff: John Bistline (Author, Mitigation), Delavane Diaz (Author, Economics), Laura Fischer (Author, Adaptation, Contributor, Energy)

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is coordinated by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 to prepare and submit to President and Congress an assessment of global change every 4 years. The NCA: integrates, evaluates, and interprets the findings of the Program and discusses the scientific uncertainties associated with such findings; analyzes the effects of global change on the natural environment, agriculture, energy production and use, land and water resources, transportation, human health and welfare, human social systems, and biological diversity; analyzes current trends in global change, both human-induced and natural, and projects major trends for the subsequent 25 to 100 years.

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Energy Modeling Forum (EMF)

Associated ESCA Staff: John Bistline, Steve Rose, Geoff Blanford

The Stanford Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) seeks to improve the use of energy and environmental policy models for making important corporate and government decisions. Three major goals guide this effort: harness the collective capabilities of multiple models to improve the understanding of important energy and associated environmental problems, explain the strengths and limitations of competing approaches to the problem, and provide guidance for future research efforts.

Each EMF working group publishes a summary report that is widely distributed to policymakers, corporate leaders, and energy experts and advisors. A companion technical volume documents the analysis used to derive these conclusions.

EMF disseminates key findings broadly through reports, major conferences, Congressional testimony by participating experts, and participation by government staff in Forum activities. Companies help to frame the questions, but also learn which are the most important technical issues and which groups are pioneering new techniques for addressing them.

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ESCA has contributed to collaborative projects with the following organizations:

  • Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
  • Clean Air Task Force (CATF)
  • Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Energy Information Administration (EIA)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
  • Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)