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Climate Change: Two Challenges and Five Solutions – Part 1

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This is the first part of a two part series, and it is described by the title. Part 1 has a few references to some of my earlier papers, but these are all fairly recent (2019). Part 1 covers one of the "Five Solutions", moving all electricity production to low-carbon. Also it mainly focuses on methods that I have not covered before.

Part 2 covers the other four solutions (see the intro in Part 1), and I needed to reference several older papers. Thus I need to post revised versions of two older 3-part series on which made serious updates. I will post these later this week. I will post "Climate Change: Two Challenges and Five Solutions – Part 2" early next week.

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Matt Chester on Jul 15, 2019 6:07 pm GMT

Lots of great stuff in here, as usual, John.

Regardint the success of CA in keeping per capita energy use flat compared with the rest of the country, what do you think makes CA so successful in this regard and why hasn't that success been effectively transported out to other policymakers in other states?

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John Benson on Jul 16, 2019 8:10 pm GMT

Although I lived in the Bay Area in the late 60s, and moved back to CA after I finished college (Texas Tech BSEE) in 1975, my first real involvement with California government was in the late 70s, albeit just the (Alameda County) local government. Even then they were interested in doing the right thing.

I was the Facilities EE at GE's Vallecitos Nuclear Center, and we were recognized by Alameda County for reducing our energy consumption by 30%.

In the early 80s through the 90s I worked on several electric utility projects in California (SCADA Systems), but really started working with the CEC and the CA IOUs on demand response projects in the early 2000s (before 2010).  This story is told in part 2 of a 2018 four part series on AMI, which is linked below.

As long as I've been in California it's government has been both progressive and efficient. Even during the meltdown during deregulation, what emerged from this after the smoke cleared was some of the best grid management (CAISO, etc.) and utility regulatory bodies (CAPUC, CEC, etc.) in the nation. So we are not afraid to try new things and to fail (the first time). And that, I believe, is the answer to your question.


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Matt Chester on Jul 16, 2019 9:42 pm GMT

Very interesting-- thanks for your perspective! Now if we could bottle up that fearlessness and desire to push change and ship it to other parts of the country/world..

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