The Role of Direct Air Capture and Negative Emissions Technologies in the Shared Socioeconomic Pathway
We use the Global Change Analysis Model (GCAM) to understand the role of DACCS across all 5 SSPs for the below 2˚C and below 1.5˚C end-of-century warming goals. We assess DACCS deployment relative to other carbon capture methods, and its side effects for global energy, water, land systems.
Food-Energy-Water Implications of Negative Emissions Technologies in a +1.5 °C Future
Scenarios for meeting ambitious climate targets rely on large-scale deployment of negative emissions technologies (NETs), including direct air capture (DAC). However, the tradeoffs between food, water and energy created by deploying different NETs are unclear.
Net-zero emissions by 2050 are achievable, affordable in VA
In this opinion piece, Bill Shobe, director of the UVA Energy Transition Initiative, explains that "we can use renewables, energy storage and improved efficiency to reenergize Virginia's economy as we help reduce the harmful effects of global warming."
Decarbonizing Virginia's Economy
This report explores four strategies for decarbonizing Virginia by 2050: efficiency in energy use, eliminating fossil fuels from electricity generation, electrifying transportation services and building energy use, and capturing and sequestering remaining CO2 emissions.
Electricity Sales Forecast for Virginia 2020-2050
This report begins with a discussion of recent trends in Virginia's electricity demand, including the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Developing a Smart Grid for Virginia
This report explores how a smarter grid can enable Virginia to take advantage of clean energy resources, energy storage, and demand management technologies. It discusses the costs and benefits of smart grid applications, and discusses Virginia’s efforts to develop a smarter grid.
Energy Storage Webinar for Virginia
One-hour informational webinar hosted by Energy Transition Initiative at Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA; The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy; and Diane Cherry Consulting.
Survey of Virginia Local Economic Developers
This report describes the results of an economic development incentives survey administered to local economic developers in Virginia.
Clean Dispatchable Power Sources
This report reviews technologies that can potentially help Virginia cost-effectively reach net zero carbon energy, assesses them along multiple criteria, and provides recommendations for how Virginia should move forward.
Clean Energy Legislation
This Legal Report on Executive Order 43 evaluates two questions: (1) what are the existing laws and regulations on the books today that will aid Virginia in meeting its decarbonization targets; and (2) what existing laws and regulations may (intentionally or not) pose barriers to implementation.
Emerging Issues in Decentralized Resource Governance
The increasing urgency of global sustainability issues argues for linking insights from environmental federalism with the literature on linked socio-ecological complex adaptive systems.
Economist take on how COVID-19 will affect Virginia
Charles Hartgrove, director of the Virginia Institute of Government, interviews Terry Rephann, a Cooper Center regional economist, about the economic impacts of COVID-19 in Virginia.