GWSSS: A Carbon Price for Colorado


Clean Energy Action is pushing to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy into full swing. Please join us in hearing Dr. Zane Selvans, CEA’s Assistant Research Director, discuss the ins and outs of implementing a fee on carbon in Colorado. What would a carbon fee look like? If we were able to tackle a carbon fee as a state, what would the benefits be? Is it possible for the revenue to be used to offset greenhouse gasses? Zane will be answering all of these questions and more.

You can watch an edited version of the presentation on YouTube:

You can also download a PDF of the slides.

Speaker Background

Zane Selvans grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of central California, at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills surrounded by orchards and vineyards.  He received his BS in Engineering & Applied Science from Caltech in 1998, with a focus on computer science and machine learning.  After working in Silicon Valley for several years, he returned to Caltech to work doing mapping and data analysis for NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor mission.  In the fall of 2002 Zane came to Boulder to pursue a PhD in planetary geophysics at the University of Colorado, where he studied the tidally induced tectonics of icy moons in the outer solar system, (especially Europa and Enceladus).

Since finishing his PhD in 2009, Zane has refocused on climate change and related issues of long-term sustainability.  These include low-carbon urban design and transportation (especially bicycles), which he pursues by serving on the advocacy committee of Boulder’s non-profit Community Cycles, as well as the city’s Transportation Advisory Board and Greenways Advisory Committee.  In the fall of 2012, he joined Clean Energy Action as the Assistant Research Director. His focus at CEA so far has been on energy finance and regulatory issues, especially the ways in which risk is often not effectively priced in the resource planning process, and is instead offloaded onto ratepayers.

Zane lives in the Masala Co-op, one of several Boulder cooperatives owned by the Boulder Housing Coalition.  He enjoys self-supported bike and sea kayak touring in places that allow him to practice his broken Spanish.  He drinks far too much coffee, and does not own a car.