Scientists assert that global warming must be kept below 2 degrees Celsius to avoid insurmountable global disruption. Getting there will require near total decarbonization of economic activity by 2060. Electricity generation accounts for a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and worldwide. Electric grids around the world are being decarbonized, but a complete shift to 100 percent clean energy will likely take longer than 40 years. What will facilitate the transition and what threatens progress?
Let's begin by reviewing four zero-carbon emission generation sources and technologies that could lead us into the clean energy future: hydropower, nuclear energy, wind and solar. We'll then discuss the levers and opportunities for solar and wind adoption with Devin Welch, Sun Tribe Solar; Erik Haug, Apex Clean Energy; and Darden Professor Mike Lenox, who is co-author on the report titled Path to 2060: Decarbonizing the Electric Utility Industry.
This podcast is hosted by Rebecca Duff, senior research associate for the Business Innovation and Climate Change Initiative at Darden’s Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.