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CCEE faculty, students attend 2022 Macro-Energy Systems Workshop

Qian Luo, Jethro Ssengonzi, Aditya Keskar and Dr. Jeremiah Johnson at the 2022 Macro-Energy Systems Workshop

CCEE associate professor Dr. Jeremiah Johnson and three CCEE students traveled to California to participate in the 2022 Macro-Energy Systems Workshop at Stanford University on June 20-21. Macro-Energy Systems is an emergent field and research community that focuses on large-scale, systems-level, long-term aspects of energy systems and their implications for  the environment, economy, and human wellbeing. 

CCEE Ph.D. candidate Aditya Keskar, who serves as a Macro-Energy Systems Fellow, assisted in the development and execution of the workshop’s activities, which included five-minute research presentations called Lightning Talks and a Poster Session. Ph.D. student Jethro Ssengonzi and Ph.D candidate Qian Luo both gave Lightning Talks. Ssengonzi received an honorable mention for his student research presentation on a method to assess the power system reliability benefits of solar and wind power, and Luo presented a poster on power sector decarbonization in Texas and inequities in pollution exposure. 

Jethro Ssengonzi giving Lightning Talk at conference

“Kudos to outstanding grad students Aditya Keskar, Qian Luo and Jethro Ssengonzi for their work at the Macro-Energy Systems conference,” tweeted Johnson. “Love to see these students pushing forward methods and tackling big questions in energy systems and decarbonization.”  

Coincidentally, a wildfire and soaring temperatures caused a major power outage on Stanford’s campus during the conference, disrupting the keynote address by Johnson and Carnegie Mellon University colleagues on the results of their Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-funded modeling effort the Open Energy Outlook, which examines different technology and policy pathways across the whole energy system that achieve deep decarbonization.

“It was certainly ironic to be presenting about decarbonizing our energy system when the campus loses power due to local wildfires and extreme heat,” Johnson said.