Toward a future energy system: addressing the decarbonization challenge

  • Starts: 3:30 pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2022
  • Ends: 4:30 pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Mitigating and adapting to the consequences of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including the warming of our planet, include the generation of 100% clean electricity from the grid by 2035 and achieving a net-zero emissions economy by 2050 -current administration’s goals. The increasing frequency of extreme weather events has exposed severe shortcomings of our current electricity grid. The rapid proliferation of distributed power generation, energy storage, and power consumption technologies (e.g.: EVs, distributed solar and wind power generation, smart devices etc.), together with the actions of cyber criminals, compound our challenges. Addressing these evolving and diverse challenges require the design and construction of a new energy system, which is versatile, secure, resilient, reliable, and cost-effective. Fortunately, during the last few decades major scientific and technological advances enable us to envision, design and eventually build such a future energy system. This system would operate autonomously, primarily using renewable power generation (primarily wind and solar power, as well as hydro, geothermal and nuclear) and energy storage, serving millions of customers. This system, envisioned by academics, national laboratories, and utilities, will be discussed. Additionally, “pathways” and scenarios, proposed by NREL and collaborators to achieve the goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035 will be discussed.
RKC 101
B. Lee Roberts
Peter F. Green
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)