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.

Foundational Slideshows

Climate Science and Energy Solutions

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Urban Sustainability

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Smart Energy Policy

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Power Sector Transformation

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Videos and Presentations by Energy Innovation

U.S. DOE Future Markets Workshop: Valuing Flexibility In Power Markets

At the U.S. DOE’s Future Markets Workshop on Flexibility, Robbie Orvis provided an overview of long-term flexibility in wholesale power markets.

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EPW Democratic Roundtable: “A Historic View of the Clean Air Act”

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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 past regulations and protections have created innovation and economic opportunities for the U.S. The discussion included Hal Harvey as well as three other participants from the clean energy and pollution control business community.

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Linking Ontario to the Western Climate Initiative

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Following the province’s first carbon auction in March, Ontario’s Cap And Trade Forum brought together a range of stakeholders to provide insight and expertise on dealing with carbon market uncertainties and developing strategies for successful cap-and-trade programs. Director of Research Chris Busch spoke on a panel discussing the implications of linking Ontario to the broader Western Climate Initiative carbon market.

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NACW 2017 – North American Carbon Market Forecast

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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.

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PEC Decarb Conference: Renewable Energy

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There’s no question renewable energy is advancing around the world, but how far can it go? Panelists at the PEC Deep Decarbonization Conference discuss the opportunity and limitations for renewables in our power system of the future. During the conference’s Renewable Energy panel, Senior Fellow Eric Gimon discusses why he thinks renewables have the potential to meet high penetration levels–up to 80% or even 100%.

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CDEF 2017: The Role of Rate Design in a Distributed Energy Market

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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.

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Energy Policy and Trump: Hope for California and Our Planet?

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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.

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Trump: The return of climate denial

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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.

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Hal Harvey – Environment – 21st Heinz Awards event at CMU

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At 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.

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Hal Harvey – Environment – Profile for 21st Heinz Awards

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The 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.

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How to Land on a Low-Carbon Energy Future

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At Stanford’s Energy Seminar, Hal presents three types of policies and a handful of policy design principles that can most effectively drive the world to a low-carbon energy future. He concludes with an example of transportation sector policies, including vehicle efficiency standards, vehicle fees, and feebates.

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Winning Strategies to Decarbonize the Economy

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At 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.

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China’s Development and Urbanization: Implications

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What 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.

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Energy Policy and Productive Use of Capital

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A 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.

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Hal Harvey explains the history of the Clean Air Act and Clean Power Plan

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In 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.

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Energy for Tomorrow 2015 – Policy and the Art of the Possible

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At 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.

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Energy Policy Solutions – Panel Discussion

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The 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).

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Energy Policy Solutions – The Web Application

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Energy 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.

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Energy Policy Solutions – Keynote by Hal Harvey

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In 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.

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Hal Harvey: Policies to Decarbonize the Economy

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Last 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.

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Hal Harvey: ‘Every Decade we Wait is a Thousand Years of Pain’

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The 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.

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The Great Reinvention of the Electric Utility

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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.

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P4 Pittsburgh Conference: Hal Harvey, Energy Innovation

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The 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.

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How to design policies that can save the planet

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Well-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.

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Understanding Climate Risk with Hal Harvey

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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.

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What is China Doing About Climate Change? – Hal Harvey

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In his presentation at the annual 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.

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What’s next? Fear and hope: Hal Harvey at TEDxSanDiego 2013

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The 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.

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Hal Harvey Presents Fear & Hope: Climate Change and Policy Solutions

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In his presentation at the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival, Energy Innovation CEO 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.

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