Presentations

This page contains a variety of Energy Innovation’s top presentations, in video or slideshow form. Please check out our YouTube and Vimeo pages for more of our video presentations, and check out our SlideShare page to view or download more of our slideshow presentations.

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Videos and Presentations by Energy Innovation

“EPW Democratic Roundtable: A Historic View of the Clean Air Act”
U.S. Senate Committe on Environment & Public Works (June 2017)
This roundtable event, hosted by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, offered a discussion on how the Clean Air Act’s regulations and protections have spurred U.S. innovation and economic opportunity. Participants included Hal Harvey and three others from the clean energy and pollution control business community.


NACW 2017: North American Carbon Market Forecast
Climate Action Reserve (May 2017)
At the Navigating the American Carbon World Conference, Director of Research Chris Busch joined a panel charged with forecasting future trends in North American carbon markets. The panel covered the linked California-Quebec cap-and-trade program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and emerging programs in Canadian provinces.


Linking Ontario to the Western Climate Initiative
The Ontario Cap And Trade Forum (April 2017)
At the Ontario Cap And Trade Forum, Director of Research Chris Busch joined a panel discussing the implications of linking Ontario to the broader Western Climate Initiative carbon market. Panelists spoke about California and Quebec’s current experience in the WCI, the legal certainty of the market’s future, and how Ontario’s linkage would affect the market’s dynamics.


PEC Decarb Conference: Renewable Energy
Pennsylvania Environmental Council (March 2017)
The Renewable Energy Panel at PEC’s Deep Decarbonization Conference reviewed the opportunities and limitations for renewable energy in the power system. During his session, Senior Fellow Eric Gimon discussed why he thinks renewable energy has the potential to reach very high penetration levels–of up to 80% or more.


CDEF 2017: The Role of Rate Design in a Distributed Energy Market
Greentech Media (March 2017)
At Greentech Media’s conference on California’s Distributed Energy Future 2017, Sonia Aggarwal joins a panel with SEIA’s Sean Gallagher and EDF’s Jamie Fine to discuss how rate design can value from distributed resources for customers, developers, and utilities.


“Energy Policy and Trump: Hope for California and Our Planet?”
World Affairs (February 2017)
Policy leaders have spoken out and pledged for continued environmental progress, regardless of what happens in Washington. At a World Affairs speaker event, Hal and Berkeley economist Severin Borenstein discuss what state-level climate actions, the ability for market forces and technology to maintain current clean energy trends, and the prospect of the Paris Agreement.


“Trump: the return of climate denial”
Channel 4 News (UK) (January 2017)
2016 has just been officially declared the warmest year on record and environmentalists around the world are in collective dismay about Donald Trump and the return of climate denial to American politics. But how much impact is the Trump administration likely to have on US carbon emissions? Channel 4 News asked Hal about the future of climate policy in a Trump administration.


“How to Land on a Low-Carbon Energy Future”
Stanford University (November 2016)
stanfordenergyseminarAt Stanford’s Energy Seminar, Hal presents three types of policies and a handful of policy design best practices that can most effectively drive the world to a low-carbon energy future. He concludes with an example of transportation sector policies, detailing how to apply policy design best practices to vehicle efficiency standards, vehicle fees, and feebates.


“Winning Strategies to Decarbonize the Economy”
Zero Emission Resource Organisation (November 2016)
norwayzeroconferenceAt the 2016 ZERO Conference in Oslo, Hal described strategies for decarbonizing the economy. He highlights examples of successful clean energy technologies and policies around the world, and concludes with a list of six best practices for designing energy policies that work with historical examples of how they have been successfully (or unsuccessfully) implemented.


“Hal Harvey – Environment – 21st Heinz Awards Event at CMU”
The Heinz Awards (October 2016)
heinzaward_presentationAt the 21st Heinz Awards event at Carnegie Mellon University, Environment recipient, Hal Harvey, talks about the approaches he advocates to leverage our move towards sustainable energy, from utilities to transportation to industry. Hal’s presentation was followed by a Q&A session with Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments.


“Hal Harvey – Environment – Profile for 21st Heinz Awards
The Heinz Awards (October 2016)
HeinzAward_profileThe 21st Heinz Awards recipient for Environment, Hal Harvey, talks about why we don’t need to choose between the environment and the economy, and how to create ‘precision interventions’ to drive the shift to a sustainable future. Read more about Hal’s contribution to the Environmental field in his profile on the Heinz Awards website.


“Energy Policy and Productive Use of Capital”
Equilibrium Capital (June 2016)
InvestmentGradePolicy_EQFvideoA handful of well-designed energy policies can drive deep decarbonization across all economic sectors, and do so cost-effectively. Around the world, there are examples of policies that have exceeded expectations, and others that have failed utterly. In his presentation at the 2016 Equilibrium Capital Forum, Hal describes six best practices for designing smart energy policy.


“China’s Development and Urbanization: Implications”
Equilibrium Capital (June 2016)
ChinaUrbanization_EQFvideoWhat minimum requirements China must undertake in order to achieve a sustainable urban future? In Hal’s presentation at the 2016 Equilibrium Capital Forum, he describes the perils of China’s current city planning strategies, and the promises it holds by following a dozen simple and implementable guidelines to sustainable development.


“Energy for Tomorrow 2015 | Policy and the Art of the Possible”
International New York Times (December 2015)
EFT_ParisConferenceAt the “Energy For Tomorrow” Conference, Tom Friedman interviews Andy Karsner and Hal Harvey to discuss where energy policy needs to go to ensure a low-carbon future. Their conversation touches on major findings from Energy Innovation’s Energy Policy Solutions project and describes how these findings can shape policies to meet national climate commitments.


“Hal Harvey explains the history of the Clean Air Act and Clean Power Plan”
Emerson Collective (December 2015)
EmersonCollective_CAAIn this video, Hal Harvey explains the history of the Clean Air Act, and how it sparked environmental regulation and technology innovation to reduce harmful air pollution. The Supreme Court’s ruling to include greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act led to the Clean Power Plan, which will limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 2030.


“Energy Policy Solutions Model”
Emerson Collective (December 2015)
EmersonCollective_EPSmodelMeeting our climate targets affordably and efficiently requires the right combination of well-designed and properly implemented energy policies. In this video, Hal describes Energy Innovation’s Energy Policy Solutions project, which identifies the most cost-effective policies and policy combinations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet our climate goals.


“Energy Policy Solutions: Keynote by Hal Harvey”
Energy Innovation LLC (October 2015)
Thumbnail_HalKeynoteIn this video, Hal Harvey announces the launch of Energy Policy Solutions, an assessment of climate and energy policies to decarbonize America at the lowest cost. He presentation includes a discussion of what policies can meet EPA’s Clean Power Plan target and the U.S. 2025 emissions target, and the economic benefits of pursuing each policy package.


“Energy Policy Solutions: The Web Application”
Energy Innovation LLC (October 2015)
Thumbnail_DemoEnergy Innovation’s senior analyst Jeffrey Rissman demonstrates the online interface of the Energy Policy Simulator, a web application which visualizes in real-time the cost and emissions impacts of more than 50 climate and energy policies, in any combination with one another and set at any level.


“Energy Policy Solutions: Panel Discussion”
Energy Innovation LLC (October 2015)
Thumbnail_PanelThe Energy Policy Solutions launch event concluded with a panel discussion on U.S. energy’s milestones and lessons learned, and policy recommendations for the future. The panel, moderated by Energy Innovation’s director of strategy Sonia Aggarwal, included Michael Eckhart (Citibank), Peter Fox-Penner (The Brattle Group), and Andy Karsner (Manifest Energy).


“Hal Harvey: Policies to Decarbonize the Economy”
American Academy in Berlin (October 2015)
Berlin_PoliciesDecarbonizeEconomyLast year, for the first time ever, the world experienced flat CO2 emissions coupled with economic growth. Is this the start of a movement toward a low-carbon global economy? In his presentation, Hal Harvey examines how decarbonization trends and new technologies indicate that we can arrive at a reasonable climate future with very modest costs and profound benefits.


“Hal Harvey: ‘Every Decade we Wait is a Thousand Years of Pain'”
The Weather Channel (June 2015)
Climate25_Hal2The Weather Channel’s Climate 25 features interviews with 25 of the world’s most compelling voices on how climate change will impact human security. In Hal Harvey’s Climate 25 interview, he discusses the global energy sector’s crucial contribution to climate change, and the enormous opportunity to transition to low-carbon energy solutions that can effectively eliminate global pollution—at little or no extra cost.


“P4 Pittsburgh Conference: Hal Harvey, Energy Innovation”
The Heinz Endowments (April 2015)
P4_Pittsburgh_HalThe P4 Conference, the launch event for Pittsburgh’s P4 Initiative, discussed the ways in which Pittsburgh can become a post-industrial leader in sustainability, innovation, and equity. Hal Harvey’s presentation highlighted four energy-related challenges (regarding buildings, fossil fuels, systems, and urban design) that apply to many of the world’s cities, and emphasized Pittsburgh’s unique opportunities for overcoming them.


“The Great Reinvention of the Electric Utility”
The Institute of International and European Affairs (February 2015)
DublinPPT_Hal4 A confluence of factors – new and inexpensive technologies, declining electricity demand, and increased climate change action – will radically change in the utility business model. Utilities must evolve from electricity suppliers to service providers, and they ought to be rewarded based on reliability, affordability and environmental performance. Click here to watch the Q&A session following the presentation.


“How to design policies that can save the planet”
Oxford Martin School (October 2014)
OxfordEcon_presentationWell-designed energy policy can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save consumers money, and spur innovation. Poorly designed policy fails on some, or all, counts. And bad policy is the far more prevalent type. There is no way to solve the climate problem without reforming energy policy, but this must be done with care and intelligence.


What is China Doing About Climate Change? – Hal Harvey
Equilibrium Capital (June 2014)
EqCapForum_China2In his presentation at the 2014 Equilibrium Capital Forum, Hal Harvey provides an overview of China’s energy sector, and how the country’s energy trends play a role in global emissions. He describes China’s push toward a low-carbon economy by increasing its supply of renewable energy and implementing sustainable urban development practices in its growing cities.


“Understanding Climate Risk with Hal Harvey”
Next Generation (June 2014)
UnderstandingClimateRisk_presentation2 In this video, produced as part of the Risky Business project, Hal Harvey explains how climate change shifts the distribution of weather events and causes the old extreme to become the new normal.


“What’s next? Fear and hope: Hal Harvey at TEDxSanDiego 2013”
TEDx Talks (February 2014)
TEDx_HalThe results of climate change are having an impact on the world around us. More extreme temperatures have caused disastrous weather events, occurring with greater strength and frequency than ever before. What can be done to avoid even greater catastrophe? Hal Harvey’s TEDx presentation focuses on progress, with clean energy as a promising solution: as the technology improves, prices come down and usage goes up.


Hal Harvey Presents Fear & Hope: Climate Change and Policy Solutions
The Aspen Institute (September 2013)
Fear&Hope In his presentation at the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival, Hal Harvey describes the consequences of climate change and the opportunities for a low-carbon future. Higher temperatures and more extreme weather has already affected millions of people, and threatens irreversible damage. But there is hope to reverse this trend if we take action to manage fossil fuel use, expand energy efficiency, and accelerate renewable energy.