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Energy Seminar: Andrew Ponec, Antora Energy

Inexpensive, long-duration energy storage is necessary to enable the widespread deployment of renewable energy sources like wind and solar, but existing technologies fall short. To meet this need, Antora Energy is combining high-temperature thermal energy storage with novel, high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic energy conversion. When excess electricity is available – for example, at mid-day in electric power systems with high solar penetration – a resistive element is used to heat an inexpensive thermal storage medium contained in a large, insulated tank.

Energy Seminar: Sustainable Finance

Capital deployment is arguably the most central issue in implementing the Paris Agreement. Experience has shown that there are serious barriers to this expansion, especially across national borders and from developed to developing economies. These problems are now well-known and in need of tailored and site-specific solutions that cover the last mile from pledges to transactions. 

Energy Seminar: Byron Vosburg, San Diego Community Power

Byron Vosburg is Director of Power Services at San Diego Community Power and a Stanford alumnus.

San Diego Community Power is a coalition of people focused on moving towards a healthier and sustainable clean energy future. Their goal is to manage their community's electricity supply, taking advantage of the affordable, common sense options available for cleaner power, today and for future generations.

Energy Seminar: Carla J. Peterman, PG&E

Carla J. Peterman is Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs for PG&E Corporation, the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Peterman has spent her career focused on California's energy policy and regulatory landscape. At PG&E, she oversees the company's regulatory, legislative, sustainability, and charitable strategies, all focused on delivering for the customers and communities that PG&E serves in Northern and Central California.

Energy Seminar: The Net-Zero America Project, Jesse Jenkins, Princeton

An increasing number of companies and governments around the world are pledging to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 in the face of mounting risks from global climate change. Given its technological, financial, and natural resource endowments, the United States is well-placed to lead by example. The Net-Zero America transition scenarios aim to inform U.S. policy and investment decisions around achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Energy Seminar: Meeting the Goals of SB 100 – Jane C.S. Long

The SB 100 Pathways Project explored various options for eliminating carbon dioxide from electricity in CA by 2045 and assessed each option’s feasibility with respect to cost, reliability and security of electric supply, as well as the required rate of infrastructure deployment for each strategy.  The models show that meeting this future demand reliably with resources restricted to solar, wind, battery storage would be the costliest option, up to 15 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for all generation, storage, and transmission costs.


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