Chair's Lecture Series

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California's Energy Future: The View to 2050

Chair's Lecture featuring Jane C.S. Long, Ph.D., Associate Director at Large, and Fellow, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Photo of Jane C.S. Long, Ph.D.

Friday, July 15, 2011
10:00am - 11:30am
Cal EPA Headquarters, Sierra Hearing Room

PRESENTATION (pdf - 4.31 MB)
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California's Energy Future - The View to 2050 looks a generation ahead at what's required to reach the goal of reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below the 1990 level by 2050. The report finds that the technology to do more with less energy, electrify mobile sources, and produce the low-carbon electricity and fuel we need to get to the 60 percent mark is either in demonstration, or already available for sale. Pushing on to a full 80 percent reduction in emissions will require significant levels of research, development, invention and innovation, the report states.

The two-year study summarized in this California Council for Science and Technology report was funded by the California Energy Commission, the S.D. Bechtel Foundation, and the California Air Resources Board, and completed by a committee of distinguished experts drawn from major energy research institutions in the state.

Lead authors of the report include:

  • Jeffery Greenblatt and Max Wei of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Bryan Hannegan, Vice President, Environment and Renewables for the Electric Power Research Institute
  • Nathan Lewis, California Institute of Technology
  • Burton Richter, Director Emeritus, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University
  • Chris Yang, University of California, Davis
  • Heather Youngs, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California, Berkeley
The co-chairs of the committee are:
  • Jane C.S. Long, Associate Director at Large, and Fellow, Center for Global Security Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Miriam John, Former Vice President, Sandia National Laboratories

Speaker Biography

Jane C.S. Long, Ph.D., currently co-chairs the "California's Energy Future" study being conducted by the California Council on Science and Technology. Dr. Long is currently the Principal Associate Director at Large for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Fellow in the LLNL Center for Global Security Research. She works on reinvention of the energy system, adaptation in response to climate change and geoengineering. She is co-chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy’s Task Force on Geoengineering, and a member of the governor’s advisory panel on adaptation. She is the former Dean of the Mackay School of Mines at University of Nevada, Reno, Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy and Chairman of the Nevada State Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Dr. Long also worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where she served as Department Chair for the Energy Resources Technology Department including geothermal and fossil fuel research, and the Environmental Research Department.

For more information, please contact Peter Mathews at (916) 323-8711