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Kammen lectures at the Energy Policy Institute, University of Chicago

http://epic.uchicago.edu/events/towards_a_theory_of_energy_access

TOWARDS A THEORY OF ENERGY ACCESS

LECTURE

Date: April 13, 2015 5pm Location: Oriental Institute Museum Breasted Hall 1155 E 58th St Chicago IL, 60637 Renewable energy expert Daniel Kammen discusses prospects for energy sustainability and equality With 1.4 billion people lacking electricity to light their homes and provide other basic services, or to conduct business, and all of humanity (and particularly the poor) are in need of a decarbonized energy system can close the energy access gap and protect the global climate system.  With particular focus on addressing the energy needs of the underserved, we present an analytical framework informed by historical trends and contemporary technological, social, and institutional conditions that clarifies the heterogeneous continuum of centralized on-grid electricity, autonomous mini- or community grids, and distributed, individual energy services.  We find that the current day is a unique moment of innovation in decentralized energy networks based on super-efficient end-use technology and low-cost photovoltaics, supported by rapidly spreading information technology, particularly mobile phones. Collectively these disruptive technology systems could rapidly increase energy access, contributing to meeting the Millennium Development Goals for quality of life, while simultaneously driving action towards low-carbon, Earth-sustaining, energy systems.

Open Lecture: The Science and Policy of Sustainable Energy

In collaboration with the Areces Foundation and the AEEE, Economics for Energy organizes an academic workshop devoted to the state-of-the-art analysis and debate on topics of interest for the center with a small number of presentations provided by leading researchers in the field. The workshop will take place on February 15th (from 10.00 to 13.30) and targets researchers in the fields of energy and environmental economics. Those interested in participating in the workshop should send an email to info@eforenergy.org. 19:00: Seminar by Daniel Kammen in Madrid: "Open Session: The Science and Policy of Sustainable Energy"

The Energy Challenge in Sub-​​Saharan Africa: A Guide for Advocates and Policy-​​Makers

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REPORT LAUNCH AND BRIEFING

“The Energy Challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa:

A Guide for Advocates and Policy-Makers”

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

 

J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Refreshments will be served   Efforts to address the energy challenges in sub-Saharan Africa have been animated by two main debates. First, what is the role for renewable energy sources versus fossil fuels in addressing the Region’s generation shortfall? Second, what is the role for centralized versus distributed generation capacity in addressing energy poverty? The U.S. is an established partner in many African countries and has played an important role in helping to shape the Region’s energy systems. Under the new Administration, energy issues will remain central to development efforts, and these same debates will continue to influence the Region’s energy future.   Please join Oxfam and the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) at the University of California Berkeley for the launch of two reports, each focusing on one of these debates. The launch will include a discussion with the authors of the reports who will share their expert perspectives and answer questions from the audience.   Who:  
  • Daniel M. Kammen,Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley; Founding Director of the
Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL); Science Envoy, U. S. State Department;
  • Nkiruka Avila, Research Scholar, RAEL, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley
  • James Morrissey,Researcher, Oxfam America
  • Respondent: Katherine Steel, Energy Director, Power Africa
  • Moderator: Lisa Friedman,Editor, ClimateWire
  Where: J.W. Marriott Hotel - Washington, DC 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Entrance on 14th Street, just off the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue)   Please RSVP so we can get an accurate head count by January 26 to Ladeene Freimuth at: ladeene@freimuthgroup.com. Oxfam America | +1 (202) 805 7459| Washington, DC www.oxfamamerica.org | facebook.com/oxfamamerica |twitter.com/oxfamamerica   _________________________________________________________________________________________ For those who cannot attend, the documents on energy access in sub-Saharan Africa, and on gaps in on-grid energy services and systems that will be presented at the release event will go live on 1/31 at the Oxfam Project website: https://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/research-publications/the-energy-challenge-in-sub-saharan-africa/

Countercyclical energy and climate policy for the U.S.

Continuation of the U.S.s historical pattern addressing energy problems only in times of crisis is unlikely to catalyze a transition to an energy system with fewer adverse social impacts. Instead, the U.S. needs to bolster support for energy innovation when the perceived urgency of energy-related problems appears to be receding. Because of the lags involved in both the energy system and the climate system, decarbonizing the economy will require extraordinary persistence over decades. This need for sustained commitment is in contrast to the last several decades, which have been marked by volatility and cycles of boom and bust.  In contrast to the often -repeated phrase that one should never let a good crisis go to waste, the U.S. needs to most actively foster energy innovation when aspects of energy and climate problems appear to be improving. We describe the rationale for a countercyclical approach to energy and climate policy, which involves pre-commitment t o a set of policies that go into effect once a set of trigger conditions are met.

Underinvestment: The Energy Technology and R&D Policy Challenge

This Viewpoint examines data on international trends in energy research and development (R&D) funding, patterns of U.S. energy technology patents and R&D funding, and U.S. R&D intensities across selected sectors. The data present a disturbing picture: (i) Energy technology funding levels have declined signiÞcantly during the past two decades throughout the industrial world; (ii) U.S. R&D spending and patents, both overall and in the energy sector, have been highly correlated during the past two decades; and (iii) the R&D intensity of the U.S. energy sector is extremely low. It is argued that recent cutbacks in energy R&D are likely to reduce the capacity of the energy sector to innovate. The trends are particularly troubling given the need for increased international capacity to respond to emerging risks such as global climate change.  

The Platform for Energy Access Knowledge

The Platform for Energy Access Knowledge (PEAK) is a project partnership between RAEL and Power for All,  a global cam­paign to accel­er­ate the market-​​based growth of decen­tral­ized renew­ables as the key to achiev­ing uni­ver­sal energy access. The cam­paign, established in 2014, serves as a col­lec­tive voice for busi­nesses and civil soci­ety focused on off-​​grid renew­able solu­tions. The research products of this partnership will provide critical evidence needed to support widespread adoption of distributed technologies.

PEAK is an interactive information exchange platform designed to help aggregate and repackage the best research and information on energy access into compelling data-​driven stories for a range of target audiences to ensure maximum visibility, usability and discoverability of that information by individuals, organizations and communities working to make energy services accessible to all.

The Power for All Campaign is directed by Kristina Skierka. PEAK research is directed by Dr. Rebekah Shirley, current Postdoctoral Researcher at RAEL.

See PEAK's Launch Press Release, March 2016

See PEAK products here and look out for our web portal soon to come.

Recently, PEAK conducted a quantitative analysis that examines the policies of five high-growth markets striving to achieve universal energy access -- India and Bangladesh in Asia, and Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia in Africa -- and highlights areas for policy prioritization in Low Energy Access countries. Our research is currently under peer-review. See an unpublished, draft/working version of our manuscript and look out for more information soon.

Hixon Center Black, Gold & Green Speaker Series: “The Clean Energy Transformation: Evolution or Revolution?” Daniel Kammen

The global transition to clean energy is both well underway and well behind schedule if we are to achieve a sustainable climate, let alone use this moment of change to build a more equitable, inclusive society for the 21st century. What are the scientific and technical must-have innovations and technologies for this process, and where must we develop a dramatically different social compact within and between communities to achieve this challenging but necessary goal? We will examine the science and innovation base that exists today, and what is needed for this grand challenge. The critical role of information systems and social change will be featured as greatest challenge to this process. Daniel M. Kammen is professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in April 2010 as the first energy fellow of the new Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas initiative. In 2016, he began service as the Science Envoy for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory and was director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007–2015. He has served the State of California and U.S. federal government in expert and advisory capacities, including time at the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, the Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

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