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California's Energy Future Projects

California has set itself some ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades. In order to achieve these goals, the state may need to make widespread changes to the ways in which it manages energy production, storage, and consumption.

The California's Energy Future projects explore what's needed to meet the state's goal, answering the call of S-3-05 - the executive order from 2005 mandating the reduction of the state's emissions to 80 percent below the 1990 level by 2050.

Below are the reports released in the series.

NEW: updated spreadsheet with GHG emissions summary calculations added to CEF page on 7/15/12. Click here to download (3.4MB XLS file).





California's Energy Future: The Potential for Biofuels

(May 2013) This is the seventh publication produced as part of CCST's California's Energy Future (CEF) project, a study designed to help inform the decisions California state and local governments must make in order to achieve California's ambitious goals of significantly reducing total greenhouse gas emissions over the next four decades.



California's Energy Future: Building and Industrial Efficiency

(November 2012) This is the sixth publication produced as part of CCST's California's Energy Future (CEF) project, a study designed to help inform the decisions California state and local governments must make in order to achieve California's ambitious goals of significantly reducing total greenhouse gas emissions over the next four decades.



California's Energy Future - Portraits of Energy Systems for Meeting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Requirements

(September 2012) This paper, the fifth in the California's Energy Future series, presents portraits of a state energy system that achieves mandated greenhouse gas reductions through transitions to low-carbon technologies by the year 2050.



Electricity from Renewable Energy and Fossil Fuels with Carbon Capture and Sequestration

(April 2012) The focus of this report is on renewable energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and load balancing.



Transportation Energy Use in California

(December 2011) The focus of this report is on the transportation technologies that can be used to reduce fuel usage, as part of the California's Energy Future project.



Possibilities, Problems And Potential Envisioned For Nuclear-Powered California in 2050

(July 2011) Population growth and energy demand will eventually force a decision on California's energy strategy. "Powering California with Nuclear Energy" looks at a highly charged issue from a range of perspectives, from realistic to extreme scenarios.




California's Energy Future - The View to 2050

(May 2011) This detailed overall summary report looks a generation ahead at what's required to reduce the state's emissions 80 percent below the 1990 level by 2050. Resources available include a spreadsheet with emissions summary calculations, powerpoint presentations, and media coverage of the report.