SS Forum: Power System Transitions for Decarbonization

Event Type: 
Guest Lecture
Dr. Paulina Jaramillo
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am
1005 EECS on North Campus
Event Sponsor: 
Center for Sustainable Systems
Office of Research (UMOR)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE)
Energy Institute (UMEI)

Dr. Paulina Jaramillo
Assistant Research Professor,
Department of Engineering and Public Policy,
Carnegie Mellon University


Dr. Paulina Jaramillo has a bachelor’s in civil and environmental engineering from Florida International University (2003), as well as a master's and PhD in civil and environmental engineering with an emphasis in green design from Carnegie Mellon University (2004 and 2007, respectively). Her past research has focused on life cycle assessment of energy systems with an emphasis on climate change impacts and mitigation research. As a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, she is involved in key multi-disciplinary research projects to better understand the social, economic and environmental implications of energy consumption and the public policy tools that can be used to support sustainable energy development and consumption. She is now the Co-Director of the Green Design Institute and has started pursuing research about infrastructure systems for global development.


To avoid catastrophic climate change, we must accelerate our efforts to decarbonize the energy system. In the U.S., power generation accounts for roughly a third of greenhouse gas emissions. This talk will present results of research to evaluate the effect of several different trends in the power system including the retirement of coal and nuclear power plants, increased penetration of wind power, and deployment of utility-scale storage to provide energy and ancillary services to the grid.