Eric Larson

Senior Scientist, Energy Systems

Dr. Larson leads energy research at Climate Central. He is a senior research faculty member with the Energy Systems Analysis Group at Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He holds courtesy appointments with Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs and its High Meadows Environmental Institute. His research intersects engineering, environmental science, economics, and public policy and aims at identifying sustainable, engineering-based solutions to major energy-related problems. He co-led Princeton’s Net Zero America study (2021). He maintains collaborations with colleagues worldwide and has over 250 publications, including chapters in 14 books and 80 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Larson holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.


  • E. Mayfield, J. Jenkins, E. Larson, and C. Greig, “Labor pathways to achieve net-zero emissions in the United States by mid-century,” Energy Policy, 177: 113516, June 2023.

  • F. Cheng, H. Luo, J.D. Jenkins, and E.D. Larson, “The value of low- and negative-carbon fuels in the transition to net-zero emission economies: Lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions and cost assessments across multiple fuel types,” Applied Energy, 331: 120388, February 2023.

  • A. Ku, C. Greig, E. Larson, Traffic ahead: Navigating the road to carbon neutrality, Energy Research and Social Science, 91: 102686, 2022.

  • C. Zhang, H. Yang, Y. Zhao, L. Ma, E.D. Larson, and C. Greig, “Realizing ambitions: A framework for iteratively assessing and communicating national decarbonization progress,” iScience, 25(1): 103695, 2022.

  • A. Daraeepour, E. Larson, and C. Greig, “Investigating Price Formation Enhancements in Non-Convex Electricity Markets as Renewable Generation Grows,” The Energy Journal, 43(5): 161-179, 2022. 8

  • J.D. Jenkins, E.N. Mayfield, E.D. Larson, S.W. Pacala, and C. Greig, “Mission net-zero America: The nation building path to a prosperous, net-zero emissions economy,” Joule, 5(11): 2755-2761, November 17, 2021.

  • E. Larson, C. Greig, J. Jenkins, E. Mayfield, A. Pascale, C. Zhang, J. Drossman, R. Williams, S. Pacala, R. Socolow, E. Baik, R. Birdsey, R. Duke, R. Jones, B. Haley, E. Leslie, K. Paustian, and A. Swan, “Net-Zero America: Potential Pathways, Infrastructure, and Impacts,” Final report, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, October 29, 2021.

  • T.G. Kreutz, E.D. Larson, C. Elsido, E. Martelli, C. Greig, and R.H. Williams, “Techno-economic prospects for producing Fischer-Tropsch jet fuel and electricity from lignite and woody biomass with CO2 capture for EOR,” Applied Energy, 279: 115841, 2020.

  • Larson, E.D., Kreutz, T.G., Greig, C., Williams, R.H., Rooney, T., Gray, E., Elsido, C., Martelli, E. and Meerman, J.C., “Design and analysis of a low-carbon lignite/biomass-to-jet fuel demonstration project,” Applied Energy, 260: 114209, 2020.

  • J. Brady, C. Chu, E. Colter, J. Fielding, L. Hadj-Chikh, E. Larson, T. Melino, Y. Mimi, J. Singh, K. Zecchin, K. Weber, and J. Zack, “Methodology for Climate Central’s WeatherPower (Wind and Solar Electricity Forecaster),” Climate Central, Princeton, NJ, 20 September 2020.

  • K. Paustian, E. Larson, J. Kent, E. Marx, and A. Swan, “Soil Carbon Sequestration as a Biological Negative Emission Strategy,” Frontiers in Climate, 16 October 2019.

  • J.C. Meerman and E.D. Larson, “Negative-carbon drop-in transport fuels produced via catalytic hydropyrolysis of woody biomass with CO2 capture and storage,” Sustainable Energy and Fuels, 1: 866-881, 2017.

  • A.K. Hailey, J.C. Meerman, E.D. Larson, and Y.-L. Loo, “Low-carbon ‘drop-in replacement’ transportation fuels from non-food biomass and natural gas,” Applied Energy, 183: 1722-1730, 1 December 2016.

  • G. Liu, E.D. Larson, R.H. Williams, and X. Guo, “Gasoline from Coal and/or Biomass with CO2 Capture and Storage, 1. Process Designs and Performance Analysis,” Energy and Fuels, 29: 1830-1844, 2015.

  • G. Liu, E.D. Larson, R.H. Williams, and X. Guo, “Gasoline from Coal and/or Biomass with CO2 Capture and Storage, 2. Economic Analysis and Strategic Context,” Energy and Fuels, 29: 1845-1859, 2015

  • D. Yawitz, A. Kenward, and E.D. Larson, “A Roachmap to Climate-Friendly Cars: 2013,” Climate Central, August 2013.

  • E.D. Larson, “Natural Gas and Climate Change,” Climate Central, May 2013.

  • E.D. Larson and Z. Li (Co-Convening Lead Authors), T. Fleisch, G. Liu, G. Nicolaides, X. Ren, and R.H. Williams, “Fossil Energy Systems,” chapter 12, The Global Energy Assessment, Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK, 2012.

  • E.D. Larson and A. Faaij (Lead Authors, Bioenergy), “ “Renewable Energy Systems,” (W. Turkenburg Convening Lead Author), chapter 11, The Global Energy Assessment, Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK, 2012.

  • E.D. Larson, “Can U.S. Carbon Emissions Keep Falling?” Climate Central, 2 October 2012.

  • E.D. Larson and A. Kenward, “A Roadmap to Climate-Friendly Cars,” Climate Central, 25 April, 2012.

  • G.Liu, E.D. Larson, R.H. Williams, T.G. Kreutz, and X. Guo, “Making Fischer-Tropsch Fuels and Electricity from Coal and Biomass: Performance and Cost Analysis,” Energy and Fuels, 25(1): 415-437, 2011.

  • E.D. Larson, G. Fiorese, G. Liu, R.H. Williams, T.G. Kreutz, and S. Consonni, “Co-Production of Synfuels and Electricity from Coal + Biomass with Zero Net Carbon Emissions: An Illinois Case Study,” Energy and Environmental Science, 3(1): 28-42, 2010.

  • C. Azar, K. Lindgren, M. Obersteiner, K. Riahi, D.P. van Vuuren, K. M. G. J. den Elzen, K. Möllersten, and E.D. Larson, “The feasibility of low CO2 concentration targets and the role of bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS),” Climatic Change, 100:195–202, 2010.

  • Z. Zheng, E.D. Larson, Z. Li, G. Liu, and R.H. Williams, “Near-Term Mega-Scale CCS Demonstrations in China,” Energy and Environmental Science, 3(9): 1153-1169, 2010.

  • D. Tilman, R. Socolow, J., Foley, J. Hill, E. Larson, L. Lynd, S. Pacala, J. Reilly, T. Searchinger, C. Sommerville, and R. Williams, “Beneficial Biofuels – The Food, Energy, and Environment Trilemma,” Science, Vol. 325: 270-271, 17 July 2009.

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