Schatz Energy Research Center

COVID updates:

We are currently taking active measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus infections. As part of this effort, many members of our team are working from off-site locations. If you need to reach a staff member and do not have their direct email, please contact We will be checking this account frequently. You can also leave a message on our voicemail, at 707-826-4345.

Our current research

Schatz Energy News

Decarbonizing the grid via heat pumps

Our team recently analyzed the energy use of hot water and industrial heat, and found that both systems are currently a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. In our latest report, we describe the potential for electric heat pumps to simultaneously reduce customer costs and emissions while helping to stabilize the electrical grid and avoid rolling blackouts. And, we provide policy recommendations to support the deployment of heat pumps on a national basis. Learn more…

Fall speaker series — registration open now!

We are joined this semester by Grace Wu (UCSB), Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins (Bard College), Bill McKibben (, Sam Arons (Lyft), William Bauer (University of Nevada), and Traci Brynne Voyles (University of Oklahoma) for the Sustainable Futures speaker series.
Read more and register for upcoming talks…

Each lecture will be streamed via Zoom, and will be followed by a Q&A discussion period. All events are free and open to the public, and live captioning will be provided for all talks. To request additional support, please contact or call 707-826-4345.

Our projects in the news

California’s Electricity System of the Future

Think a Land War in Asia is Hard? Try Developing This Microgrid, a First Ever for California and Model for Elsewhere

PG&E Launches Community Microgrid Program

PG&E | 3/17/21
PG&E Testing Innovative DER Management System with Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

Recent publications

Toward Carbon-Free Hot Water and Industrial Heat with Efficient and Flexible Heat Pumps (2021)

Requirements and Guidelines for Installation of Off-Grid Solar Systems for Public Facilities (2021)

Del Norte County Offshore Wind Preliminary Feasibility Assessment (2021)

C-BREC Model Framework (2021) — Learn more

Climate Impacts of Biopower Generation from Forest Residues in California (2021)

Criteria Air Pollutant Emissions of Biopower Generation from Forest Residues in California (2021)

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