Is 100% Renewable Energy the Answer to Climate Change? Technical and Economic Implications of the Clean Energy Transition

In the decades ahead, far-reaching changes in our energy systems will be needed to meet the challenge of climate change. To face this challenge, many companies, cities, and even states are seeking to use 100% clean or renewable energy. At the national level, Congress has seen introduction of “100% renewable” legislation, e.g. the 100 by ‘50 Act (S. 987). In contrast, the U.S. Mid-Century Strategy report (Nov. 2016) and similar studies argue for deployment of a broader range of zero- and low-carbon technologies to achieve long-term GHG emission reductions. This briefing will explore how assumptions regarding the availability, performance, and integration of various technologies drive the climate and economic implications of these contrasting pathways to the “deep decarbonization” of the U.S. economy. Implications for energy policy and R&D portfolios will also be explored.

Please join Harrisburg University of Science and Technology for a discussion of the potential strategies for and barriers to the Clean Energy Transition, 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., February 7th in the Auditorium. Lunch will be provided. The 45-minute or so lecture would be followed by moderated Q&A with the audience RSVP at Http://

Featured Speaker:
Karl Hausker, Ph.D., Senior Fellow
World Resources Institute

Dr. Karl Hausker

Dr. Karl Hausker is a Senior Fellow in WRI’s Climate Program. He leads analysis and modeling of climate mitigation, electricity market design, and the social cost of carbon. He led the Risky Business study of clean energy scenarios for the U.S., and lectures widely on deep decarbonization. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania. He has worked for three decades in the fields of climate change, energy, and environment in a career that has spanned legislative and executive branches, research institutions, NGOs, and consulting. He has led climate policy analysis and modeling projects for USAID, USEPA, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Western Climate Initiative, and the California Air Resources Board. Much of his work has focused on the electricity and transportation sectors, and on low carbon, climate resilient development strategies.
From 2007-2013, Karl was a Vice President at ICF International. He previously served as Deputy Director at the Center for Climate Strategies and as a Principal with Hagler Bailly. Karl lived in India all of 1999 as a Visiting Fellow at TERI. His experience also includes: serving President Clinton as Deputy Assistant Administrator in EPA’s Policy Office where he represented EPA in interagency climate policy development and at COP-1; and serving as the Chief Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he worked on a diverse set of issues including electricity restructuring, CAFE standards, alternative fuels, western water policy, nuclear power, and energy security.

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