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Energy Seminar: Holmes Hummel, Answering Calls of Our Time: Energy Technology Transitions and Equity

How can we deploy clean energy technologies on a scale that matters and in a time frame that makes a difference? Market conditions that motivate private equity investments are framed in part by public policy decisions taken in contexts where social equity is a factor. Claims for justice are persistent in sticking points such as the distribution of benefits and burdens along energy supply chains, investing revenue from climate policies, and international development efforts to expand access to electricity worldwide. However, advocates with urgent calls for technology transition often overlook calls for fairness and inclusion as a path for expediting progress.
From this vantage point, advancing equity and opportunity is tightly aligned with opening opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers everywhere – and with sustaining Earth’s life support systems. Interdisciplinary thinking that connects engineering, economics, policy, sociology, and philosophy can integrate concepts of fairness and inclusion into strategies for accelerating clean energy technology deployment. This seminar will draw on real-world examples at multiple scales to highlight landscapes of opportunity for more innovations in interdisciplinary problem-solving that can accelerate clean energy revolutions.
Brief Bio:
Dr. Hummel served as the Senior Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy & International Affairs from 2009 through 2013, stewarding decisions to open doors of opportunity in the clean energy economy for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers of every background. In that capacity, Dr. Hummel engaged a wide range of stakeholders on topics such as energy finance, climate policy, strategic priorities for technology innovation, water-energy interdependency, natural gas resource development, trade policy, environmental protection, cybersecurity, and grid reliability.Dr. Hummel is a member of the Global Advisory Committee of Cornerstone Capital Group, which is among the world’s leading voices in the field of sustainable investment and finance, and also serves on the board of Cleantech Open, the world’s largest accelerator built to find, fund, and foster the most promising cleantech startups. 
Dr. Hummel holds a B.S. in energy engineering along with an M.S.E. degree and PhD from the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources at Stanford.



Monday, October 6, 2014. 04:15PM


NVIDIA auditorium, Huang Engineering


Precourt Institute for Energy




Free and open to all