Marija Ilić, Carnegie Mellon University
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Suedeen Kelly, Former Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
In energy planning circles, in all sectors of the electric industry, in state utility regulatory commissions, and on Capitol Hill, we’ve heard a lot of discussion over the past year about changing the traditional paradigm surrounding the building of electric transmission in order to extend the country’s electric grid. Recently, the talk has moved into the arena of action. In the U.S. House and Senate, there are numerous bills that propose legislative changes to how we plan and site transmission in America—and how we allocate the cost of it. The Waxman-Markey Climate Change bill, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last year, includes such changes. All of the various bills differ one from the other. One similarity among them all is that the federal government’s role (in the person of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) would be expanded and the states’ role would be reduced.
Why is there a growing consensus for change? What’s wrong with how we’ve always done things? (How have we always done things?) Is there a problem here? What are the proposed changes? What are we trying to accomplish with change? What is the best proposal being put forward? Who likes the changes? Who stands to benefit from the changes? Will there be any losers? Ms. Kelly intends to answer these questions during her presentation. She will also discuss what is likely to happen to the U.S. electric grid if we do not see any legislative change from Congress.
Efran Ibrahim, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Erfan Ibrahim is a Technical Executive in the Intelligrid program area of the Power Delivery & Utilization Sector. He leads the research that focuses on the communications, systems management and cyber security infrastructure for the utility Smart Grid with particular emphasis on Home Area Networks (HAN), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Internet based Wide Area Networking. Before joining EPRI, Dr. Ibrahim founded and managed The Bit Bazaar LLC (TBB), a full service IT and business consulting firm, offering services to clients in the High Tech, Financial Services, and Energy sectors. At TBB Dr. Ibrahim focused on wireless communications, network management, and information security technologies with a particular emphasis on aligning the IT goals of his clients with their business goals for sustained competitive advantage. Prior to establishing The Bit Bazaar LLC, Dr. Ibrahim’s career included the following positions: VP of Sales & Marketing at Jyra Research, Product Manager for Network Management at Pacific Bell Network Integration (now AT&T), Science and Math Lecturer at National University, Nuclear Fusion Research Engineer at UCLA and Plasma Physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.
Professor Michael McGehee, Director, Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics, Stanford University
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Annie Hazlehurst, Graduate Student, Stanford GSB
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
The economics of solar systems will drive long term adoption and market viability. Today, the U.S. and many other countries continue to subsidize the cost of solar systems and incentivize adoption through standards such as RPS. If solar is going to contribute meaningfully to our energy future, the economics must favorably compare to alternative sources of energy on a levelized cost basis. When and how will we achieve grid parity? The talk will cover where we are today and where we need to get for solar to be a primary source of global energy generation.
Panel with Stanford Faculty: Sally Benson, Director, Global Climate and Energy Project; Pamela Matson, Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences; Lynn Orr, Director, Precourt Institute for Energy; Stephen Schneider, Melvin & Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies; Jim Sweeney, Director Precourt Energy Efficiency Center; Buzz Thompson, Co-Director Woods Institute for the Environment
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:30 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
The Stanford panelists will discuss a number of important themes and issues about energy use, impacts, and opportunities as we begin the transition to a low emission energy future. Panelists will consider economic viability, political will, resource constraints, and environmental impacts of various energy technologies at scale. They will discuss tradeoffs and how decision makers may seek co-benefits and avoid unintended consequences when making choices.
* Energy Social following the talk (Note: we do not provide venue details for social on the web)
A Strategy for Exploiting Unconventional Gas Resources and Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Mark Zoback, Stanford University
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
In the past decade, the use of gas shales grew eight-fold, and in the past 3-5 years, $40 billion was invested in its production. However, the decline in gas prices led to a major decrease in their development. Zoback argues that the production of gas shales offers a unique opportunity for the use of coal bed methane. Even though the Energy Information Administration predicts that there will be minimal growth in unconventional gas production over the next 20 years, the gas industry expects much higher growth rates. Zoback believes that natural gas will have to be a part of the transition away from fossil fuel in the U.S. However, gas shale reservoirs still have a number of uncertainties, including the mechanical response of rocks during slick-water fracturing, the evolution of mechanical properties during production, gas adsorption and desorption, and the controls on permeability during fracturing.Related Themes:
Taking Solar Seriously: How to Run a Modern Industrial Civilization on Sunbeams
Denis Hayes, President and CEO, Bullitt Foundation, National Coordinator of first Earth Day
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Mr. Hayes spoke about taking solar seriously. Hayes, who served as national coordinator of the first Earth Day in 1970, is currently the president and chief executive officer of the Bullitt Foundation, which advocates for environmental protection and sustainability practices in the Pacific Northwest. Hayes also directed the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under President Jimmy Carter's administration and served as President of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) in 1968.
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How Energy Policy is Really Made
Tara Billingsley, Professional Staff, Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 | 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM | Building 420, Room 40 | Free and Open to All
Tara Billingsley, professional staff, for the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, U.S. Senate, discusses current and proposed U.S. energy policy and the legislative process. The Energy Seminar meets during the academic year on Wednesdays, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.
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