EPRI Energy and Climate Research Seminar

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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.

The seminar covers key energy and environmental topics related to climate science understanding, policy perspectives, decarbonization technologies, and research priorities. The target audience each year includes stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and non-governmental organizations interested in energy and climate issues.

EPRI celebrated the 27th anniversary of the seminar with an in-person event held at the Washington Marriott Capitol Hill on May 7-8, 2024. For more information, please contact Delavane Diaz, Principal Project Manager, Energy Systems and Climate Analysis.

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Event Materials

Slides from the seminar sessions are available below.


Name Author Size

Session 1: Climate Change Risk and Resilience

Outlook on CMIP7 and ScenarioMIP Claudia Tebaldi
2.1 MB
Leveraging Scenario Data to Study Climate Impacts Marcus Sarofim
1.5 MB
Climate Change, Variability and Extremes Deepti Singh
(Washington State University)
3.8 MB
Winter Extremes and the Polar Vortex Judah Cohen
(AERgit )
7.8 MB
Climate-fueled Tropical Storms Adam Sobel
(Columbia University)
1.1 MB

Session 2: Energy Transition

Global Investment in Decarbonization Innovation Kelly Sims-Gallagher
(Tufts University)
3.3 MB
International Cooperation on Energy Transition Finance Gaia Larsen
(World Resources Institute)
1.2 MB
24/7 Carbon-free Energy Mason Emnett
1 MB
24/7 CFE: System-Level Impacts Wilson Ricks
(Princeton University)
1.4 MB

Session 3: Future of Energy Spending and Demand

Electrify Everything for Everyone Kristin Eberhard
(Rewiring America)
1.5 MB
Countdown to 2045: Realizing California's Pathway to Net Zero Josh Copenhaver
(Southern California Edison)
1 MB
Affordability in the Energy Transition Chris Roney
2 MB
Data Center Energy Analysis: Current Status and Future Challenges Eric Masanet
3.6 MB
Data Center Load: Grid Impacts & Integration Opportunities Micah Sweeney
3.6 MB
Future of Building Energy Demand Carl Mas
1.3 MB
Demand-side Policy, Security, and Efficiency David McCollum
5 MB


Name Author Size

Session 1: Decarbonization Policy Design and Implementation

Getting to the Inflation Reduction Act and Beyond Ana Unruh Cohen
1.6 MB
Near-term Decarbonization and the Implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act Carrie Jenks
0.8 MB
Energy System Impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act John Bistline
1.9 MB
Real Money for Virtual Power Plants - Decarbonizing and Quickly David Nemtzow
1.3 MB

Session 2: Toward Net Zero

Net Zero in the Context of Global Climate Outcomes Kate Marvel
(Project Drawdown)
7 MB
Pathways to Net Zero Geoff Blanford
7.2 MB
Department of Energy Hydrogen Landscape and Liftoff Neha Rustagi
2.3 MB
The Role of Carbon Capture and Storage and Carbon Dioxide Removal Jae Edmonds
1.2 MB
Forest-Climate Solutions Jad Daley
(American Forests)
4.7 MB
EVs2Scale Britta Gross
2.5 MB
Auto Industry Outlook David Schwietert
(Alliance for Automotive Innovation)
1.9 MB

Session 3: Climate Change Risk and Resilience

Physical Climate Hazards and Variability Flavio Lehner
(Cornell University)
3.8 MB
Volcanic Eruptions in a Changing Climate Alan Robock
(Rutgers University)
6.1 MB
Solar Climate Intervention Risks and Research Kelly Wanser
7.5 MB
Communicating the Human Health Relevance of Climate Change and Climate Solutions Edward Maibach
(George Mason University)
1.2 MB


Name Author Size

IPCC AR6 Highlights and Key Messages

WG1 Report on Physical Science Claudia Tebaldi
3.7 MB
WG2 Report on Climate Impacts Rob Lempert
1 MB
WG3 Report on Mitigation Leon Clarke
(Bezos Earth Fund)
1.7 MB

Decarbonization Pathways and Considerations

Economy-wide Net Zero Scenario Analysis Geoff Blanford
1.4 MB
Low Carbon Workforce and Supply Chain Needs Robin Bedilion and Neil Kern
1.9 MB
Institutional and Societal Considerations for a Transitioning Energy System Elizabeth Wilson
1 MB
Advancing a Lower-Carbon Future Julie Mulkerin Ortiz
1.7 MB

Climate Change and Extreme Events

Sea Level Rise Robert Kopp
(Rutgers University)
792 KB
Extreme Cold Events Russell Blackport
(Environment and Climate Change Canada)
1.6 MB
Extreme Heat Events Erich Fischer
(ETH Zurich)
2 MB
Wildfire Risk Charles Luce
2.23 MB
Extreme Event Attribution Stephanie Herring
963 KB

Climate Resilience in Practice

EPRI's Climate Risk Framing Steven Rose
730 KB
Catastrophe Modeling and Physical Risk Assessment Mark Williams
656 KB
Equitable Resilience Brenda Brickhouse
502 KB
EPRI's Climate READi Morgan Scott
467 KB


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