Events

Date & Time
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
Environment Hall, Room 2102
Revolution and Regulation in the U.K. Electricity System: Model or Warning?

Michael Grubb, professor of energy and climate change at University College London, will present the lecture "Revolution and Regulation in the U.K. Electricity System: Model or Warning?" at noon on Friday, December 1, in Duke's Environment Hall room 2102.

The U.K. was widely seen as one of the world’s leaders on electricity deregulation in the early 1990s. Though the model of liberalisation went through significant changes, many international observers were surprised when in 2010 the new U.K. government embarked on a fundamental reform, giving the state a far more prominent role. To many, it has seemed like abandoning the principles of market competition that had defined the U.K. approach.

Grubb will discuss the UK’s Electricity Market Reform legislation and how, some three years on, the U.K. has seen a collapse in coal generation and dramatic reductions in the cost of renewable energy. 

This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics. 

Date & Time
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location
Duke University's Environment Hall Room 1111
China’s Global Plans For Infrastructure Expansion: Why Is Everybody So Worried?

William Laurance, a distinguished research professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, will present "China’s Global Plans For Infrastructure Expansion: Why Is Everybody So Worried?" at 5 p.m. Thursday, November 30, in Duke University's Environment Hall Room 1111. The presentation, which Laurance will deliver remotely, will examine the impact of Chinese Belt and Road infrastructure development on biodiversity in tropical Asia and Africa.

The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Advanced registration is required if you plan to attend. 

This lecture is part of the Duke-DKU Green Belt and Road Webinar Series, which presents topics focused on the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. 

Date & Time
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 3 p.m. to Friday, November 10, 2017 - 1 p.m.
Location
Varies, check website for a full agenda: https://www.energyweekatduke.org/agenda
Energy Week at Duke

The second annual Energy Week at Duke, November 5–10, offers a host of professional growth opportunities for students and energy professionals.

  • Learn and network. Join us for the 9th annual Duke University Energy Conference (November 8). This event will showcase industry insights from prominent energy sector experts—last year’s speakers included Ellen Williams (Director, ARPA-E), Mauricio Gutierrez (CEO, NRG) and David Brewster (President, EnerNOC). You’ll also have opportunities to network with panelists and attendees (who numbered nearly 500 last year).
  • Compete or watch. Student teams from top graduate schools across the country will square off in the 5th annual Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition (November 7). In addition, conference-goers can check out promising research from students far and wide at the Energy Research Poster Presentation (November 8).
  • Find out what’s new. The Research Triangle has one of the fastest-growing cleantech sectors in the nation—thanks in part to an active startup culture. Check out Triangle entrepreneurs’ pitches about their innovations at Energy Startup Demo Day (November 9).
  • Check out career development events for Duke students and tours of campus energy facilities.  

Energy Week at Duke is organized by seven student energy clubs across campus, with support from the Duke University Energy Initiative and the Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) at the Fuqua School of Business. 

 

Date & Time
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 8 a.m. to Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 5 p.m.
Location
Red Lion on the River-Jantzen Beach Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Annual American Water Resources Association Conference

Lauren Patterson, policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will present at the Annual American Water Resources Association Conference in Portland, Oregon, November 5–9.

At the Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability session (November 7), she will discuss a national framework for sharing and integrating water data for sustainability, presenting findings from a recent Aspen Data Dialogue report, Internet of Water: Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability. Such a network would allow for real-time transmission of water-related data and information among regional data-sharing communities, revolutionizing how water resources are managed to address water problems such as extreme flooding, scarcity, contamination, and aquatic system degradation. Other presenters will describe the value of open data from the user perspective, California’s role as a data producer and data-sharing community, and the role of the Water Data Exchange, a platform to share and integrate data on water use across western states.

Patterson will also present during the Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability session (November 8), which will focus on one of the primary findings and recommendations from the Internet of Water report: the importance of demonstrating the value of open and shared water data to meet water management needs.

Date & Time
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location
Mortara Center Building Conference Room, Georgetown University
Climate Technology Cooperation, Market Design and Financing after Paris: The Evolving Role of China and the United States in the Global Arena

Billy Pizer, faculty fellow at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, will speak at the third event in the Georgetown U.S.-China Research Dialogue on Climate Change Thursday, November 2. 

The dialogue brings together a team of experts from the United States and China for a structured dialogue around key academic and policy issues relating to clean energy technology cooperation, climate finance, and climate policy implementation. The goal of the dialogue is to identify issues of common concern and develop and pursue a shared research agenda that can inform better policy and advance practical cooperation in bilateral and multilateral contexts. The November 2 talk will focus on "Climate Technology Cooperation, Market Design and Financing after Paris: The Evolving Role of China and the United States in the Global Arena."

The panel discussion will begin at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. 

For more information, visit the event website.

Date & Time
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 9:35 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.
Location
McKimmon Center, Raleigh, NC Room 3
Ecosystem Services Guidance, Models, and Prioritization

Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will be among the speakers at the 2017 Albemarle-Pamlico Ecosystem Symposium: Eyes on the Horizon on Wednesday, November 1. Olander will speak during the session The Value of the Albemarle-Pamlico Region on "Ecosystem Services Guidance, Models, and Prioritization."

For more information, visit the symposium website

Date & Time
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location
The Wigwam Arizona, Litchfield Park, AZ
Energy Efficiency as a Supply-Side Resource in Electricity Modeling

Etan Gumerman, a senior policy associate at Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak at the 2017 ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Gumerman will serve as a panelist on the Energy Efficiency as a Resource session. He will discuss "How Much Energy Efficiency Should We Plan for in the Future: Energy Efficiency as a Supply-Side Resource in Electricity Modeling."

For more information, visit the conference website

Date & Time
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location
Teaism Penn Quarter, 400 8th Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia
EnviroRun DC: Steve Roady

Steve Roady, faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will be the featured speaker at the next EnviroRun event, 6 p.m. Thursday, October 26 in Washington, D.C. 

For more details, visit the event website.

Date & Time
Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8 a.m.
Location
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Environment for Development 2017 Annual Meeting

Energy Access Project staff will participate in the Environment for Development (EfD) Annual Meeting as representatives of the Duke-hosted Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI), a separate Duke initiative, in Addis Ababa.

Staff will host three side sessions on sustainable energy work. Members of SETI will present over 20 unique research projects and Duke University’s Marc Jeuland will highlight the SETI's work at EfD’s Policy Day Workshop.

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9 a.m. to Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 5 p.m.
Location
(Day 1) The Royal Society; (Day 2) Congress Centre, London
Bridging Evidence-Based Impact Across Environment, Health and Development Communities

The Bridge Collaborative will host a two-day launch event in London October 25 and October 26. Lydia Olander and Tim Profeta of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions will speak at the event, which is focused on:

  • Discussion by experienced leaders making strong headway on cross-sector solutions,
  • Learning around new cross-sector approaches developed by the Bridge Collaborative, and
  • Engagement in a variety of active, creative sessions to identify priority issues for cross-sector work while expanding our professional networks.

The Bridge Collaborative is a partnership that operates under the direction of the founding Secretariat from its leading partners: The Nature Conservancy, PATH, Duke University, and International Food Policy Research Institute who guide decision making and implementation. Initiated in 2016, the Bridge Collaborative envisions the global health, development and environment communities jointly solving today’s global challenges.

For more information, visit the event website