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DOE University Consortium
 EARNEST Kickoff
January 30, 2024

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Stanford University, with several universities and other research partners, is launching a new University Consortium to study an "Equitable, Affordable & Resilient Nationwide Energy System Transition" (EARNEST). This large effort is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and will include research, graduate education, development of decisions tools for communities, regulators, and industry. 

Over the course of the day, participants learned about the goals and structure of this new university consortium. You will hear from U.S. federal agency representatives, regulators, and traditionally underrepresented communities on how the consortium can assess decarbonization pathways for the U.S. electric grid while enhancing resilience of grid services and ensuring that distributional concerns, are addressed. This event invited experts, stakeholders, and community members from across North America to come together with the goal of introducing and building collaborative efforts to shape a more sustainable energy landscape on a continental scale. 


  • Identifying decarbonization and resilience enhancing solutions for communities, for traditionally underrepresented groups, and for society at large;
  • Decarbonization, Resilience, Affordability, Energy Justice
  • State-Level Regulatory Challenges and Solutions
  • North American Energy System
  • Solutions for Renewables, Remote Grids & Interconnected Systems
  • Preparing the next generation to tackle challenges and provide solutions towards an EARNEST.

Program Highlights

  • Engage in the launch of a unique university consortium     
  • Learn from key experts from the university and national laboratories, federal agencies, grid regulators, and from communities that may be the most impacted by decarbonization
  • Regional Pilot Showcase
  • University consortium research poster session & videos 

For more information about the EARNEST National Kick-off Workshop, or the 2024 Government Energy Summit, contact