"Decarbonization through Electrification: Estimating the potential and implications," Delavane Diaz, Electric Power Research Institute


Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 4:30pm to 5:30pm


Lewis Library, Room 138

Delavane Diaz, principal technical leader of Energy Systems and Climate Analysis at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), will present “Decarbonization Through Electrification: Estimating the Potential and Implications,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Lewis Library, Room 138.

Diaz will discuss how “deep decarbonization” goals such as New Jersey’s 80×50 Energy Master Plan will require fundamental changes beyond the electric-generation sector. One of the main strategies is to shift end-use energy demand away from fossil fuels and toward electric end-use technologies. This talk builds upon EPRI’s assessment of the state-specific economic potential for electrification, which will vary depending on policy, economic and technology factors. These pathways have important implications for planning and operating the electricity system, and they provide key insights for research priorities and stakeholder impacts.


Dr. Delavane Diaz is a Principal Technical Leader in the Energy Systems and Climate Analysis Group at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where her research focuses on the implications of energy and environmental policy on the electric sector, resiliency and risk management strategies, and the social cost of carbon. She has a background in engineering and operations research, applying techniques from decision analysis, welfare economics, numerical simulation and optimization to better understand and quantify the impacts of environmental outcomes on society and the economy. Delavane served as a chapter author on the Fourth National Climate Assessment and is currently chapter scientist and contributing author on the IPCC WGII Sixth Assessment Report. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, she has also earned degrees in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

This event is part of the Spring 2020 CFI Seminar Series, which is free and open to the public.