• Ben Haley

Decarbonizing Washington State

Updated: Aug 15, 2019



A new report by Evolved Energy Research and the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project evaluates multiple pathways to reduce overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state of Washington to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

The State of Washington Office of the Governor and Office of Final Management sponsored the study to support action necessary to meet mid-century GHG targets. To inform their efforts, the authors assessed the changes required to the state of Washington’s energy supply and demand infrastructure over the coming decades using EnergyPATHWAYS, a bottom-up energy systems model.

The study finds that there are multiple, distinctive ways to achieve deep decarbonization at reasonable cost, without the early retirement of existing infrastructure, and without the need for technology that has not been demonstrated. The study also identifies policies and investments consistent with the GHG limits, and outlines how technology breakthroughs, particularly in the transportation sector, can significantly reduce the cost of decarbonizing the state’s energy system.

The report, “Deep Decarbonization Pathways Analysis for Washington State,” was authored by Ben Haley, Gabe Kwok and Ryan Jones of Evolved Energy Research, and Dr. Jim Williams of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. The report and study materials are available at the following link:

http://governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/energy-environment/deep-decarbonization

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