EPRI Energy and Climate Research Seminar

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.

2021 Seminar

We are delighted to announce EPRI's 24th annual Energy and Climate Research Seminar scheduled for May 13-14, 2021. We are hopeful that this event can be held in person, as planned, at the Hilton National Mall in Washington, DC, and will be monitoring the uncertain and ongoing coronavirus situation over the coming year. 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 Technical Leader, Energy Systems & Climate Analysis.

2020 Virtual Seminar

Webinar Screenshot Screenshot from Session One: Scientific Understanding and Public Perception of Climate Change

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, EPRI's 23rd annual Energy and Climate Research Seminar was convened as a remote meeting via WebEx, reaching its biggest audience yet. The opening session focused on climate change understanding, and featured an update on the CMIP6 climate models and scenarios from Claudia Tebaldi, Research Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute; a talk on American public opinion on climate change by Jon Krosnick, Professor at Stanford University; and thoughts on climate communication by Andrew Revkin, Director of the Initiative on Communication and Sustainability at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

The next session offered a policy outlook on state actions and initiatives, beginning with analysis of “America’s Pledge and Subnational Action” from Leon Clarke, Research Director for the UMD Center for Global Sustainability and views from the states of the Northeast (Sue Coakley, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships), Virginia (Michael Dowd, Dept. Environmental Quality), and California (Rajinder Sahota, California Air Resources Board). The closing session turned to decarbonization trends, with Ellen Williams, Distinguished Professor at University of Maryland, setting the foundation with “R&D Outlook and Opportunities”, followed by presentations on transportation (Anand Gopal, Hewlett Foundation), hydrogen (Geoff Blanford, EPRI), energy storage and solar power (Jessika Trancik, MIT), and grid integration (Erik Ela, EPRI).

2019 EPRI Energy and Climate Research Seminar

EPRI’s 22nd Energy and Climate Research Seminar was held on May 16 and 17 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The event featured keynote remarks from DOE EERE Chief of Staff Alex Fitzsimmons; Ana Unruh-Cohen of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis on “Developing Congressional Climate and Energy Policy: more than just the Green New Deal”; former RFF President Phil Sharp on “Changing Climate Politics in Washington”; and a discussion with Tom Wigley, Richard Richels, and Jae Edmonds moderated by political scientist David Victor, with reflections on their 1996 Nature paper on global climate pathways. Additional topics included:

  • Perspectives on the latest climate science and impacts understanding, featuring the US National Climate Assessment and resiliency within the power sector;
  • Public sector, industry, and thought leaders’ perspectives on emerging energy and climate policies;
  • Key technology trends, including insights from new research on deep decarbonization pathways.
Energy and Climate Group Photo Clockwise, pictured in photos (L-R): 1) David Victor, Jae Edmonds, Richard Richels, Tom Wigley; 2) EPRI Energy Systems and Climate Analysis team; 3) David Hunter, Ana Unruh-Cohen, Noah Kaufman, Karen Palmer, Brian Flannery; 4) Delavane Diaz, Yoon Kim, Brenda Brickhouse, Judsen Bruzgul; 5) Phil Sharp.

Event Materials

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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 (emeritus) 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