Renewable Energy Systems in the Transition of North America to Net Zero Emissions

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The North American transition to low-carbon energy sources depends on the technology decisions of its diverse communities and stakeholders. Each region and industry will have its own portfolio of renewable energy technologies to meet the common goal of net zero emissions. Our presentation will share integrated renewable energy solutions being explored at scale by major U.S cities, rural regions dependent on oil and gas, and industries redefining their infrastructure and their missions. Case examples will be presented on: the Los Angeles 100% renewable energy goals; challenges and opportunities of decarbonizing and reducing emissions from the oil and gas industry; repurposing oil and gas infrastructure such as using pipelines for hydrogen blends and renewable natural gas and idle wells for geothermal energy and energy storage; treatment of produced water using renewable energy for agriculture applications; and the preserving water and agricultural resources in the transition to renewable energy. Key challenges will also be discussed, including resilience to increasing disasters, stranded assets, unequal community impact, and meeting the last 5-20% of energy with renewable energy.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2021

Publication series

NamePresented at the Technology Driving Transition - Global Perspectives Summit, 1-3 November 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A50-81181


  • challenges
  • clean air
  • electrification
  • gas
  • industry
  • net zero emissions
  • North America
  • power
  • regions
  • renewable energy systems
  • solar
  • transition
  • wind


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