News & Updates

January 10, 2022

This paper explores potential strategies for achieving least-cost decarbonization by 2045, using Resources for the Future's electricity planning model.

October 12, 2021

This paper is a review of some current issues in the field of environmental federalism.

October 12, 2021

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.

October 11, 2021

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.

August 18, 2021

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."

August 11, 2021

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.

April 21, 2021

This report begins with a discussion of recent trends in Virginia's electricity demand, including the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

February 15, 2021

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.

December 10, 2020

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.

September 15, 2020

This report describes the results of an economic development incentives survey administered to local economic developers in Virginia.  

August 31, 2020

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.

May 29, 2020

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.