Balancing Energy and Conservation: Utility-Scale Solar Development in California

12:00 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018
1:30 pm on Thursday, April 12, 2018
Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Road
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future invites you to attend an upcoming seminar, “Balancing Energy and Conservation: Utility-Scale Solar Development in California” featuring Frank Davis, a professor at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. The seminar will take place on Thursday, April 12 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch will be available at 11:30 am) at the Pardee Center at 67 Bay State Road. California aims to derive half of its electricity generation (160 TWh) from renewable energy sources by 2030, much of which might be produced by utility-scale solar facilities. To minimize conflicts between renewable energy production and other land use goals, a wide range of regional planning efforts have been undertaken, the most ambitious being the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). Prof. Davis will review current trends in renewable energy production in California, describe the DRECP effort, and summarize findings from a spatial model examining projected future solar energy development, residential development, and climate change in the western Mojave Desert.