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Ernest Moniz on "Optionality, Flexibility & Innovation: Pathways for a Deep Decarbonization in California"

April 10, 2019 - 4:00pm
Tresidder Memorial Union, Oak Lounge
459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford
4:00 - 5:00 pm Presentation
5:00 - 7:00 pm Reception

Open to Stanford Faculty, students and staff.

Event Sponsor: 
The Natural Gas Initiative and Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
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Ernest Moniz, former U.S. secretary of energy; Energy Futures Initiative, president and CEO; MIT, professor

Ernest Moniz and colleagues will discuss a new report authored by the Energy Futures Initiative  “Optionality, Flexibility & Innovation: Pathways for a Deep Decarbonization in California." Moniz will give a 10-minute of the report, a summary of which was posted April 10, and the panel will answer questions about the technologies, policies, investments and innovation needed for California to meet the state’s aggressive carbon reduction goals.

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Program Agenda:

Welcome and introduction by Lynn Orr, Stanford

Remarks by Ernest Moniz, Energy Futures Initiative

Presentation by Melanie Kenderdine, Energy Futures Initiative (slides)

Panel session moderated by Lynn Orr


  • Sally Benson, Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Lisa Briggs, ConEd CEB
  • Armond Cohen, Clean Air Task Force

Q&A session: moderated by Mark Zoback, Stanford
Also joining the panelists on stage will be Ernest Moniz and Melanie Kenderdine 

Open reception to follow

Speaker bios:

  • Ernest Moniz is the former U.S. secretary of energy, president and CEO of the Energy Futures Initiative, and a professor at MIT, where he was the founding director of the MIT Energy Initiative.” Full bio.
  • Melanie Kenderdine is a principal of the Energy Futures Initiative and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank. Full bio.
  • Franklin M. ("Lynn") Orr, Jr. is the Keleen & Carlton Beal Professor in Petroleum Engineering, emeritus; and former under secretary for science and energy at the US Department of Energy. Full bio.
  • Sally M. Benson is the co-director of Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy; and professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. Full bio.
  • Lisa Briggs is the Director of Government Affairs for Con Edison Development, a division of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses. Full bio.
  • Armond Cohen is the co-founder and executive director of the Clean Air Task Force, which he has led since its formation in 1996. Full bio.
  • Mark Zoback is the Benjamin M. Page Professor of Geophysics and the director of the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative at Stanford. Full bio

A printable verson of speaker bios can be found here

Contact Phone: 
Elena Serrano at 650-723-1568