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Good Grids Make Good Neighbors: Peace and Sustainability in the Post Paris World

February 26, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Good Grids Make Good Neigh­bors: Peace and Sus­tain­abil­ity in the Post Paris World

Loca­tion: William J. Perry Con­fer­ence Room, Encina Hall, 2nd Floor, Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, 616 Serra St, Stan­ford, CA 94305

3:30 — 5:00 PM, Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 26, 2018


Abstract: Clean energy pro­vides a num­ber of ben­e­fits at scales from house­hold to vil­lage to city and region. An unre­al­ized and under-​​appreciated oppor­tu­nity is to tran­si­tion con­flict regions from exter­nal fuel sup­ply chains to local, clean and unpol­lut­ing energy. The ben­e­fits of this tran­si­tion include local energy secu­rity to shared ben­e­fits from sus­tain­ing local gen­er­a­tion capac­ity, which we term ‘peace through grids’.

Speaker bio: Daniel M. Kam­men is a Pro­fes­sor of Energy at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley, with par­al­lel appoint­ments in the Energy and Resources Group where he serves as Chair, the Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­icy where he directs the Cen­ter for Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy, and the depart­ment of Nuclear Engi­neer­ing. Kam­men is the found­ing direc­tor of the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL; http://​rael​.berke​ley​.edu), and was Direc­tor of the Trans­porta­tion Sus­tain­abil­ity Research Cen­ter from 2007 — 2015.

He was appointed by then Sec­re­tary of State Hilary Clin­ton in April 2010 as the first energy fel­low of the Envi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Part­ner­ship for the Amer­i­cas (ECPA) ini­tia­tive. He began ser­vice as the Sci­ence Envoy for U. S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry in 2016, but resigned over Pres­i­dent Trump’s poli­cies in August 2017. He has served the State of Cal­i­for­nia and US fed­eral gov­ern­ment in expert and advi­sory capac­i­ties, includ­ing time at the US Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, US Depart­ment of Energy, the Agency for Inter­na­tional Devel­op­ment (USAID) and the Office of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Policy

Dr. Kam­men was edu­cated in physics at Cor­nell (BA 1984) and Har­vard (MA 1986; PhD 1988), and held post­doc­toral posi­tions at the Cal­i­for­nia Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Har­vard. He was an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and Envi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy Pro­gram at the Woodrow Wil­son School at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity before mov­ing to the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. Dr. Kam­men has served as a con­tribut­ing or coor­di­nat­ing lead author on var­i­ous reports of the Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change since 1999. The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Kam­men helped found over 10 com­pa­nies, includ­ing Enphase that went pub­lic in 2012, Renew­able Fund­ing (Renew Finan­cial) a Prop­erty Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) imple­ment­ing com­pany that went pub­lic in 2014. Kam­men played a cen­tral role in devel­op­ing the suc­cess­ful bid for the $500 mil­lion energy bio­sciences insti­tute funded by BP.

Dur­ing 2010–2011 Kam­men served as the World Bank Group’s first Chief Tech­ni­cal Spe­cial­ist for Renew­able Energy and Energy Effi­ciency. While there, Kam­men worked on the Kenya-​​Ethiopia “green cor­ri­dor” trans­mis­sion project, Morocco’s green trans­for­ma­tion, the 10-​​year energy strat­egy for the World Bank, and on invest­ing in house­hold energy and gen­der equity. He was appointed to this newly cre­ated posi­tion in Octo­ber 2010, in which he pro­vided strate­gic lead­er­ship on pol­icy, tech­ni­cal, and oper­a­tional fronts. The aim is to enhance the oper­a­tional impact of the Bank’s renew­able energy and energy effi­ciency activ­i­ties while expand­ing the institution’s role as an enabler of global dia­logue on mov­ing energy devel­op­ment to a cleaner and more sus­tain­able path­way. Kammen’s work at the World Bank included fund­ing elec­tri­fied per­sonal and munic­i­pal vehi­cles in China, and the $1.24 bil­lion trans­mis­sion project link­ing renew­able energy assets in Kenya and Ethiopia.

He has authored or co-​​authored 12 books, writ­ten more than 300 peer-​​reviewed jour­nal pub­li­ca­tions, and has tes­ti­fied more than 40 times to U.S. state and fed­eral con­gres­sional brief­ings, and has pro­vided var­i­ous gov­ern­ments with more than 50 tech­ni­cal reports. For details see http://​rael​.berke​ley​.edu/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​ons. Dr. Kam­men also served for many years on the Tech­ni­cal Review Board of the Global Envi­ron­ment Facil­ity. He is the Spe­cialty Chief Edi­tor for Under­stand­ing Earth and Its Resources for Fron­tiers for Young Minds.

Kam­men is a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to or com­men­ta­tor in inter­na­tional news media, includ­ing Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Finan­cial Times. Kam­men has appeared on ‘60 Min­utes’ (twice), NOVA, Front­line, and hosted the six-​​part Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel series Ecopo­lis. Dr. Kam­men is a Per­ma­nent Fel­low of the African Acad­emy of Sci­ences, a fel­low of the Amer­i­can Acad­emy for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence, and the Amer­i­can Phys­i­cal Soci­ety. In the US, he has served on sev­eral National Acad­emy of Sci­ences boards and panels.


February 26, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


William J. Perry Conference Room
Encina Hall, Stanford, CA 94305 United States
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