Oregon Transformational Integrated
Location Oregon State, US
Client Oregon Department of Energy
Client Type State Government
Schedule October 2019 – November 2020
Tools Energy Systems Simulator (ESS)
The State of Oregon has set targets to reduce GHG emissions by 45% by 2035 and by 80% by 2050. Oregon established its first GHG emissions reduction goal in 2007, was the first state in the US to end the use of coal in its electricity mix, and is aggressively pursuing an electrification program for its transportation system.
In order to meet Oregon’s GHG reduction targets, SSG was brought on to identify low-carbon scenarios with emission reduction and sequestration actions, and to develop sector-based marginal abatement cost curves.
The ambitiousness of the plan required quantifying both carbon sequestration actions from agriculture, forestry, and natural lands, and a wide range indicators of co-benefits, many of which have rarely been integrated into climate planning.
SSG modeled three scenarios to compare pathways to meet Oregon’s overall GHG reduction targets: Maximum Electrification, Alternative Fuels, and Rapid Transformation. We also visualized the financial costs and savings relative to the emission reduction potential of each action considered in the final selected pathway.
Services: Financial analysis, co-benefits analysis, carbon sequestration, state-level modelling