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Events
Friday, October 5, 2018 | 10:30 – 11:50amWest Village
Ground Hog Day: The Making of California Energy Policy and Cyclical Crisis Seminar

The discussion will trace the origins and development of California’s energy policy, examine the attempt to “deregulate” electricity, relive the energy crisis, and discuss resent issues such as regionalization and 100 percent RPS.  Mr Foster will also trace his own improbable career from floor covering installer to President of SCE and Mayor of Long Beach, demonstrating that there is upward mobility, even for former UC Davis graduate students!

Friday, October 19, 2018 | 10:30 – 11:50amWest Village
Net-Zero Emissions Energy Systems Seminar

Stabilization of the Earth’s climate will require that energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall to very low levels and perhaps go negative if other greenhouse gas emissions continue. However, some energy services (e.g., long-distance freight transport, air travel, highly-reliable electricity, steel and cement manufacturing) will be difficult to provide without adding CO2 to the atmosphere. Yet few climate mitigation scenarios address these difficult-to-decarbonize energy services in detail. Prof. Davis will present work analyzing the challenges associated with eliminating CO2 emissions associated with some of these services, including possible or promising technological solutions and research and development priorities. Although there are still abundant options for incremental reductions of energy-related CO2 emissions, if CO2 emissions are to be eliminated, the more difficult-to-eliminate emissions will ultimately need to be addressed. Moreover, rapid growth of these difficult-to-eliminate emissions combined with the long lifetimes of energy infrastructure make the challenge both essential and urgent.

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