California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study: Phase I Results
Recorded on October 14, 2014 (60 minutes)

The Low Carbon Grid Study, which examines the feasibility of halving California’s electric sector emissions by 2030, is currently underway. Results from the first of the study’s two phases show that this magnitude of emissions reductions is possible with approximately no impact to utility revenue requirement, using a combination of strategies: a diverse renewables fleet, energy efficiency, flexible load, robust regional cooperation, and efficient use of natural gas resources. This webinar will feature the lead project manager of the study, who will review initial results, answer questions, and discuss plans for the second phase.

This study is supported by a diverse group of renewables companies, energy foundations, and trade associations, including SEIA and CalWEA. Modeling work is being done by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the second phase of the work will incorporate analysis from other groups and input from an independent technical review committee. For more information, see


Jim Caldwell, Lead Project Manager, Low Carbon Grid Study

James Caldwell’s academic and professional background includes over fifty years of experience in the energy industry.  For the past thirty years, he has specialized in renewable technology and project development including photovoltaic solar, concentrating solar thermal power, wind, biomass, and geothermal.  He has been employed in technical and executive positions in the oil industry (Atlantic Richfield), the California utility industry (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power), the U.S. Department of Energy, renewable trade associations, and several large and small renewable resource developers.  Jim has a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from California State University at Long Beach.

Steve Zuretti, Manager, California, SEIA (Moderator)

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