Recent extreme weather events have exposed the vulnerability of our electric grid to a changing climate, while underscoring the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector. Deep decarbonization scenarios paint a vivid picture of what is needed to transition the U.S. economy to a clean energy, carbon-neutral future. Energy efficiency, electrification of transportation and buildings, low-carbon fuels, clean electricity, plus carbon dioxide removal and sequestration, are all needed at massive scale to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years. How can we plan for, and execute on, this energy transition as climate change continues to accelerate over this same period? Where are our blind spots in planning for this clean energy transition, and how could climate science better inform these efforts?
About the Speaker:
Amber Mahone is a partner at Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3), a leading energy economics consulting firm based in San Francisco, where she has worked for over a decade on clean energy transition strategies. Amber has led many studies on economy-wide greenhouse gas reduction strategies across the country, including a recent report on Achieving Carbon Neutrality in California for the California Air Resources Board, and the Challenge of Retail Gas in California’s Low Carbon Future for the California Energy Commission. Amber began her career working in international development at the International Monetary Fund, which made her realize the extent to which the availability of energy resources, and citizens’ access to it, shape the course of a country’s economy. Today, she is excited to be part of the clean energy revolution, which is transforming the global energy economy. She holds an M.P.A. from Princeton University and a B.A. in International Relations from Wellesley College.