The Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI), which aims to foster global interdisciplinary research on energy transitions and energy access, will hold its second annual conference at Duke University, May 9–11. Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Director Tim Profeta and Subhrendu Pattanayak of the Nicholas School of the Environment will open the conference’s Practitioners’ Day, May 9, at 8:30 a.m. Profeta will describe the Nicholas Institute Program on Access and Transitions to Sustainable Energy.
The conference brings together more than 60 energy experts from 15 countries to share their work and discuss future collaborations. Topics will include adoption of improved energy technologies, the impacts of grid electrification, and policies that drive the global energy transition. The invitation-only event can be followed on Twitter with the hashtag #SETI17.
The SETI conference is co-sponsored by Duke’s Program on Access and Transitions to Sustainable Energy, which is housed at the Nicholas Institute. Tim Profeta will speak about the project—which is aimed at increasing access to energy by rural populations across the globe—at the Energy Mix associated with the SETI conference, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Environment Hall. Brian Murray, director of the Nicholas Institute’s Environmental Economics Program and interim director of the Duke University Energy Initiative, will also speak. The event is sponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative and is open to Duke University members and the local energy community. Registration is required.
SETI is an interdisciplinary global collaborative that aims to foster research on energy access and energy transitions. This “center without walls” is housed at Duke University. Most SETI researchers are working on the energy challenges faced by low- and middle-income countries.