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EPRI's longstanding annual Energy and Climate Research Seminar was first convened by Richard Richels in 1996. It provides an opportunity for decision makers and stakeholders interested in the latest in energy and environmental research to discuss key issues and policy drivers as well as their implications for the utility industry. This event is supported by EPRI's Program 201 on Energy, Environmental, and Climate Policy Analysis and its members.

2022 Seminar

EPRI's 25th annual Energy and Climate Research Seminar will be held May 11-12, 2022. We are currently planning to hold a hybrid (virtual and in-person) event at the EPRI Office conference facility in Washington, DC. We will be monitoring travel and meeting protocols over the coming months. The seminar will cover key energy and environmental topics related to climate science understanding, policy perspectives, decarbonization technologies, and research priorities. The target audience includes stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations interested in energy and climate issues. For more information please contact Delavane Diaz, Principal Project Manager, Energy, Environmental, and Climate Policy Analysis.

2021 Virtual Seminar

This year's seminar was convened as a remote meeting via WebEx, and we are pleased to have reached our biggest audience ever. The first session focused on low carbon technologies and strategies, with opening remarks from EPRI's President and CEO Arshad Mansoor, who discussed the pace of US carbon reductions to meet 2030 goals, noting the importance of collaborative innovation to reach an affordable and reliable energy future. ESCA's Geoff Blanford then presented EPRI analysis "Powering Decarbonization: Strategies for Net-Zero CO2 Emissions", while Jesse Jenkins summarized Princeton's "Pathways to a Net-Zero America" study. While these two studies covered common ground, important differences around negative emissions technologies and other options highlight the crucial role of R&D. Lara Pierpoint closed the session with a view on technology innovation and deployment.

The second session offered a policy outlook, with keynote perspectives on clean energy policy priorities from Kelly Speakes-Backman (Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) and federal climate legislation possibilities from Ana Unruh Cohen (Staff Director, US House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis). Dan Sperling (UC-Davis and CARB) covered polices for decarbonizing the transport sector with a view from California, and Tony Reames (Univ. of Michigan) rounded out the day with approaches to evaluating equity in the energy transition.

The third session on Day Two of the seminar shifted the focus to our understanding of climate change and climate impacts. We heard from Joeri Rogelj (Imperial College London) on how climate science informs net-zero targets, Kim Cobb (Georgia Tech) on climate impacts at various scales, and Jeremy Martinich (US EPA) on recent climate impact research focused on economic analysis social vulnerability.

The closing session covered climate resiliency in practice, with ESCA's Steve Rose discussing key considerations for companies when it comes to evaluating climate risks, Mike Palecki presenting NOAA's recent update to the U.S. Climate Normals (1991-2020 Release), and finally Kelly Hereid (Liberty Mutual) presenting on catastrophe modeling in the insurance sector, with a particular focus on three relevant hazards for the power sector: hurricanes, sunny-day flooding, and wildfires.

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Event Materials

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Name Author Size
Opening Remarks: Reimagining the Future Energy System Arshad Mansoor
(President and CEO, EPRI)
164 KB
Powering Decarbonization: Strategies for Net-Zero CO2 Emissions Geoff Blanford
(Senior Technical Executive, EPRI)
1.66 MB
Net-Zero America: Potential Pathways, Infrastructure, and Impacts Jesse Jenkins
(Assistant Professor, Princeton University)
5.5 MB
Endgame Innovation: Demonstrating Emissions Reduction Solutions that are Ready to Deploy Lara Pierpoint
(Director of Climate, Actuate)
1.1 MB
Clean Energy Policy and R&D Priorities of the Biden Administration Kelly Speakes-Backman
(Acting Assistant Secretary, US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)
Climate Legislation at the Federal Level Ana Unruh Cohen
(Staff Director, US House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis)
Decarbonizing Transportation: Call to Action Dan Sperling
(Professor, University of California, Davis & California Air Resources Board)
1.9 MB
Electrifying with Justice Tony Reames
(Assistant Professor, University of Michigan)
1.3 MB
From Climate Science to Net-Zero Targets Joeri Rogelj
(Lecturer, Imperial College London)
7.8 MB
Climate Impacts and Climate Solutions, v.2021 Kim Cobb
(Professor, Georgia Tech)
10 MB
Climate Impact and Economic Analysis: Products on Temperature Binning and Social Vulnerability Jeremy Martinich
(Climate Scientist, US Environmental Protection Agency)
2.9 MB
Company Climate Risk Decision-Making: Issues and Needs Steve Rose
(Technical Executive, EPRI)
2.1 MB
1991-2020 U.S. Climate Normals Mike Palecki
(Physical Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
1.3 MB
Climate Hazard Risk Management Kelly Hereid
(Director of Catastrophe R&D, Liberty Mutual)
6.8 MB


Name Author Size
Agenda EPRI 274 KB
Speaker Bios EPRI 443 KB
Main Energy and Climate Seminar Slides EPRI 996 KB
New scenarios, new models: The latest in climate change projections Claudia Tebaldi, Joint Global Change Research Institute 997 KB
Climate change communication Andrew Revkin, Columbia University 391 KB
America's pledge and subnational action Leon Clarke, Center for Global Sustainability, UMD 1.53 MB
Climate and energy actions and initiatives: Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Region Sue Coakley, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships 785 KB
View from the States: Virginia's Actions for a Low Carbon Future Michael Dowd, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality 286 KB
California Climate Program Update Rajinder Sahota, California Air Resources Board 1.52 MB
R&D Outlook for Decarbonization Opportunities Ellen Williams, UMD 1.03 MB
How to decarbonize road transport in the US? Anand Gopal, Hewlett Foundation 760 KB
Hydrogen's potential role as a low carbon fuel Geoff Blanford, EPRI 1.6 MB
Models to inform technological development: Examples from energy storage, electric vehicles, and solar energy Jessika Trancik, MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society 10.1 MB
Grid operations and planning challenges with decarbonized future Erik Ela, EPRI 1.34 MB


Name Author Size
Agenda EPRI 744 KB
Speaker Bios EPRI 850 KB
Decarbonization and Beyond Anda Ray, EPRI 4.4 MB
Deep Decarbonization Initiative David Victor, UCSD 1.7 MB
History of WRE and Paris Agreement Tom Wigley, Univ. of Adelaide 313 KB
Is it time yet? Richard Richels, EPRI
619 KB
Article 6: Paris' Flexibility Mechanism Jae Edmonds, PNNL 990 KB
Engaging with Recent Scientific Assessments: Insights and Lessons Learned Delavane Diaz, EPRI 863 KB
Value of Technology John Bistline, EPRI 1.7 MB
Capturing Leadership Whitney Herndon, Rhodium 559 KB
Negative Emissions Technologies Research Agenda Chris Jones, Georgia Tech 2 MB
How Solar Energy Became Cheap Greg Nemet, Wisconsin 2.7 MB
Transport: from Disruption to Decarbonization David McCollum, EPRI 967 KB
Transport Decarbonization Drew Kodjak, ICCT 773 KB
Promoting Plug-in Electric Vehicles David Greene, Tennessee 1.6 MB
Prospects of All-Electric Aircraft Andreas Schäfer, Univ. College London 2.7 MB
Impacts of a Federal Carbon Tax Noah Kaufman, Columbia 879 KB
From Paris to Honolulu Karen Palmer, RFF 1.7 MB
Policy Outlook and International Process Brian Flannery, RFF 476 KB
Company Planning and Greenhouse Gas Strategy Steven Rose, EPRI 1.7 MB
DTE GHG Strategy and Planning Greg Ryan, DTE Energy 1.2 MB
SRP GHG Strategy and Planning Marc Campbell, Salt River Project 1.4 MB
Climate Impacts and Resilience in the Power System Delavane Diaz, EPRI 770 KB