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The GT Power Hour: Episode 32 (N.J.'s Path to Carbon-Free Power, w/ Princeton U. Prof. Jesse Jenkins)

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  • May 2, 2022

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In which we… well, honestly, we talk a lot more about basketball than most episodes — but a comparative analysis fits well given that our guest is Jesse Jenkins, a Princeton University professor, energy-system analyst and modeler and all-around deep-thinker on the best and most-frugal paths to power-industry decarbonization. We dig into a study recently published by his ZERO Lab on pathways to a 100% carbon-free electricity in New Jersey (spoiler alert: you’ll still need natural gas, imports from other states will be key and offshore wind is perhaps too expensive), but also discuss life in the Ivy League in the time of COVID, technology tribalism in the energy-transition community, the media’s value in energy research, the good professor’s confession that he might be “a bad Duck” and much more!

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Matt Chester on May 2, 2022

Jesse is one of the must-follow accounts on #EnergyTwitter-- and I always love hearing him in more long-form content too!

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Julian Silk on May 3, 2022

The Washington Post has critics who provide pieces on broadcasts, and perhaps this can serve as one. First, this is an extremely well-presented argument. Jesse Jenkins is very knowledgeable and articulate. Second, it is important to note that in the analysis, they are using the NREL cost assumptions. These may not satisfy advocates of particular technologies. Third, the analysis does focus on what is least-cost to meet the carbon-free goal by 2050. At the very end, he mentions how technology advocacy takes on a character like rooting for sports teams. This is in conflict with least-cost. So a portfolio approach - not including coal - is what the modeling suggests.

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