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Getting to ZERO Workshop: Smart state planning and policies to reduce regional electricity GHG emissions

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Monday, 03 February 2020, 9:00

Monday, February 3, 2020. 9:00AM. Getting to ZERO Workshop: Smart state planning and policies to reduce regional electricity GHG emissions. Jeremy Hargreaves, Evolved Energy; Steve Cornell, Rocky Mountain Institute; Jesse Jenkins, Princeton University; Barbara Blumenthal, New Jersey Conservation Foundation; Armond Cohen, Clean Air Task Force. Sponsored by New Jersey Conservation Foundation. For more information contact arcadialee3(at)


The emerging climate crisis requires immediate action, with more aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions by 2030 and the elimination of energy-related GHG emissions by mid-century. Equally important, the crisis also requires effective actions, with a renewed and laser-like focus on tons of emissions avoided. Removing carbon from the electric system will be key to this transition. Evidence is mounting that current policy approaches (such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard) that focus only on more MWH from renewable resources may not achieve the deep and rapid emission reductions required by current climate science. A results-oriented and risk-informed approach to clean energy planning and policy is needed -- starting now -- to achieve the necessary GHG emission reductions. There is no time to waste.


The Getting to Zero Workshop is designed to help participants develop a shared understanding of issues that need to be addressed to decarbonize the electricity system effectively, in line with the requirements of the most recent climate science. Participants will then consider practical policies to bring about the desired technology mix that can reduce GHG emissions to zero by 2050, or sooner, cost- effectively.


The Workshop will provide a hands-on experience based on state-of-the-art integrated energy planning tools, enabling participants to explore tradeoffs between various mixes of clean technologies to reduce emissions within New Jersey and the region, while achieving zero emissions from electric generation resources within New Jersey by 2050. New Jersey’s recent IEP and EMP are both based in part on the use of similar modeling tools, and several of the Workshop faculty are professional experts who develop and use such models in their work.

Location  Trenton, NJ (venue details forthcoming)