Date & Time
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Fleishman Commons, Sanford School of Public Policy
The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Clean and Safe Energy Future: A Conversation with Governor Christine Todd Whitman

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Sanford School of Public Policy present The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Clean and Safe Energy Future: A Conversation with Governor Christine Todd Whitman, moderated by William Reilly, EPA Administrator from 1988-1993 and chair of the Nicholas Institute Board of Advisors.

A former Governor of New Jersey and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator under President George W. Bush, Christine Todd Whitman is now Chair of the CASEnergy Coalition, a national grassroots organization that supports the increased use of nuclear energy to ensure an affordable, environmentally clean, reliable and safe supply of electricity.  

A reception will follow the talk from 6-7 p.m. 

Date & Time
Thursday, September 8, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Duke University, Gross Hall, Room 330
Opportunities and Barriers in Ocean Energy

On September 8, former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Advisory Board Chair William K. Reilly will moderate a panel discussion with experts from government and Duke University on "Opportunities and Barriers in Ocean Energy." This event is presented by the Duke University Energy Initiative in partnership with the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Date & Time
Friday, September 9, 2016 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
2102 Environment Hall, Duke University Campus
Fall 2016 Seminar Series: The Ecological Benefits and Economic Costs of Protected Areas

Paul Armsworth, associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will present a talk on "The Ecological Benefits and Economic Costs of Protected Areas" 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, September 9. Armsworth will discuss how protected areas provide a corner-stone in efforts to conserve biodiversity in the face of ongoing habitat loss and degradation. 

Date & Time
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:45pm
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA, 30303
Power Sector Trends in the Eastern Interconnect: Implications for Environmental Policies and Investments

Join experts, state officials and stakeholders from across the Eastern Interconnect for a one-day workshop exploring recent modeling analyses that provide new insights into trends in the electricity sector. The event will explore what these trends mean for state energy and environmental policy choices. Experts will present their findings and stakeholders will have an opportunity to reflect on those findings. Registration is free, but required

Date & Time
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 -
9:30am to 4:00pm
Durham, NC
Potential Pathways: The Future of the Electricity Sector in the Southeast

The electricity sector is in a period of rapid change. The shale gas revolution and a suite of new environmental regulations have contributed to a dramatic decline in the percent of electricity generation from coal since 2009 and shifted the region to increased gas generation. At the same time, steep declines in the cost of distributed solar generation, the proliferation of smart meters, thermostats and appliances, and dynamic retail pricing are revolutionizing the way consumers interact with the grid. 

Adding to this dynamic is the potential to shift a major portion of transportation to electric vehicles and advanced energy storage that would likely cause major changes in how the grid operates. Meanwhile, future climate policy remains uncertain given the Supreme Court's decision to stay the EPA's Clean Power Plan and U.S. participation in recent international commitments to limit greenhouse gas emissions and increase clean energy production.

These and other forces are combining to create significant uncertainty about the future of the Southeast electricity sector. This invitation-only workshop on October 5 will bring together experts on the electricity sector in the Southeast—including electric utilities, other market participants, NGOs, and energy and environmental regulators—to discuss key factors affecting the future of the region's electricity sector. Discussion topics will include the uncertainty surrounding future demand, how technology innovation could affect business models and regulatory structures, and the role of nuclear energy in the Southeast's electricity future.  

This invitation-only event is sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. 

Date & Time
Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 11:45am to Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:45am
Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, 2024 West Main Street, Durham, NC
2017 Winter Forum: Power to the People: Tackling Energy Inequality Through Clean Energy Solutions

The 2017 Winter Forum, Power to the People: Tackling Energy Inequality through Clean Energy Solutions, will be held January 8-10, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University Energy Initiative, Nicolas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Duke University Office of Undergraduate Education. Students will compete to develop the best solutions for unequal energy access at home and abroad using case analysis and storytelling skills. The Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI) 2016 fall seminar “Energy and Equity” will explore equity issues related to domestic and international energy access and ways to rectify persistent inequitable distribution of clean and renewable energy resources. Students from the GIRI program will play a leadership role in the forum, as they will have been exploring these issues throughout the previous semester.

The Winter Forum is a campus-based, non-credit curricular experience in an intense, retreat-like setting in which undergraduates interact with graduate/professional students, alumni and faculty to explore a major global issue from interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. The Winter Forum is held over 2.5 days immediately before the start of the spring semester.

For more information, visit the event website