Future of Energy

Finding a secure, safe and reliable source of energy to power world economic growth will be one of the great challenges of this century. The Harvard University Center for the Environment invites the Harvard community to take up the challenge by participating in this ongoing series of discussions. Support for the Future of Energy speaker series is generously provided by Bank of America. View video presentations from past seasons in our video library.
 

PAST SPEAKERS BY ACADEMIC YEAR

 



2013-14

Thursday, April 17 "The Long and Winding Road to Clean Energy"
Jeff Bingaman, Distinguished Fellow, Stanford Law School; former US Senator of New Mexico and chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Wednesday, April 2 "CCS Decade:  Technologies and Projects in the Industrial World"
S. Julio Friedmann, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Clean Coal Program, Office of Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy

Wednesday, March 12 "What Can We Hope to Know About the Future of the Energy System?"
M. Granger Morgan, University and Lord Chair Professor of Engineering; Head and Professor, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

November 13, 2013 "Big Unanswered Questions About Our Energy Future"
John Deutch, Institute Professor, MIT; Co-chair Secretary of Energy Advisor; Former Undersecretary of Energy; Director of Central Intelligence

October 21, 2013 "Europe's Clean Energy Transition 2003-2013: An Irish Perspective"
Eamon Ryan, Party Leader, Irish Green Party; Former Minister for Energy and Communications, Irish Government

 



2012-13

April 30, 2013 "The Well Tempered Planet"
Jonathan Rose, President, Jonathan Rose Companies

April 17, 2013 "Our Shared Destinies Within the Planet’s Boundaries"
Sir David King, Former Chief Scientific Adviser to the British government; currently Director, Cambridge Kaspakas; Senior Science Advisor, UBS; Chancellor, University of Liverpool

March 4, 2013 "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Fukushima Experience: Dynamic Regulation in Dynamic Times"
Allison Macfarlane, Chairman, Nuclear Regulatory Commission

 



2011-12

April 4, 2012 "The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Modern World"
Daniel Yergin, Author; Executive Vice President and Chairman, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates

March 7, 2012 “Bringing Back America:  How Reviving our Manufacturing Sector is the Big Issue in the 2012 Election”
Carl Pope, Former Chairman of the Sierra Club

February 27, 2012"California's Low Carbon Energy Future"
Mary D. Nichols, California Air Resources Board Chairman

November 30, 2011 - "North America's New Age of Energy Abundance: Prudent Oil and Natural Gas Development"
James Hackett, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

October 26, 2011 - "Risks and Opportunities of Natural Gas"
Susan Tierney, Managing Principal at Analysis Group and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy

October 13, 2011 - "The Development of Liquid Fuels from Lignocellulose"
Chris Somerville, Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute; Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 



2010-11

April 5, 2011"Hurrying History: Can the World Adopt a Fast Path to Low-Carbon Energy?"
Jeffrey Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University

March 9, 2011 "Responsible Stewardship of U.S. Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Development"
Michael R. Bromwich, Director, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement

March 2, 2011 "Energy for the War Fighter"
Sharon Burke, Director of Operation Energy Plans and Programs, U.S. Department of Defense

February 22, 2011"In Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Spill Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling in the U.S."
Cherry A. Murray, Dean, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Member, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

February 3, 2011 – "Solar's Fit in Energy's Future"
Bruce Sohn, President, First Solar

October 25, 2010 "The Innovation Equation at Tata"
Sunil Sinha, CEO, Tata Quality Management Services, Tata Group

October 20, 2010"Energy Innovation at Scale"
Steven Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, U.S. Department of Energy

 



2009-10

April 27, 2010 "The Future of Energy: Five Things We're Excited About"
Marvin Odum, President, Shell Oil Company

April 2, 2010  "Sustainable Energy—Without the Hot Air"
David MacKay, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK

March 13, 2010  "Building a Green Energy Economy through Accelerated Innovation"
Kristina Johnson, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

February 24, 2010 "Natural Gas: Fueling America's Clean Energy Future"
Aubrey McClendon, CEO, Chesapeake Energy

November 17, 2009 "America’s Energy Future: Challenges and Opportunities"
Maxine Savitz, Vice President, National Academy of Engineering; retired general manager, Technology Partnerships, Honeywell, Inc.

October 13, 2009 "Promise and Challenges of Renewable Energy"
Michael Skelly, CEO, Clean Line Energy Partners; former head of development, Horizon Wind Energy

September 22, 2009 "Climate Engineering: A Necessary Tool for Managing Climate Risks"
David Keith, Director, Energy and Environmental Systems Group, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economy, University of Calgary

 



2008-09

April 15, 2009"A View of Nuclear Power in the World’s Energy Future"
Richard Garwin, IBM Fellow Emeritus

February 25, 2009 – "New Forms of Wind Power and the Incentive for Out of the Box Thinking on Energy" (Video not public)
Saul Griffith, President and Chief Scientist, Makani Power

February 3, 2009 "The Vital Role of Clean Coal in Securing our Energy Future"
Steven Leer, CEO, Arch Coal, Inc.

December 3, 2008"Profitable Solutions to Climate, Oil, and Proliferation"
Amory B. Lovins, Cofounder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, the Rocky Mountain Institute

November 19, 2008 "Energy, Security, and the Long War of the 21st Century"
R. James Woolsey, Venture Partner, VantagePoint

October 6, 2008 "In Pursuit of a Sustainable Energy Future"
John Rowe, Chairman, President, CEO, Exelon Corp

 



2007-08

May 5, 2008"Sustainable Mobility: An Automaker Perspective on Transportation Energy & Climate Policy"
Susan Cischke, Senior Vice President, Ford Motor Company

April 21, 2008 "Reclaiming U.S. Leadership on Global Warming"
Edward J. Marke, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts, Democratic party

March 12, 2008 "The Future of Energy"
Anne Lauvergeon, CEO, Areva

September 25, 2007 "Geothermal Energy: Harnessing the Fire Inside"
His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland

 



2006-07

April 12, 2007 "Transforming Energy Techniques"
Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor, University of Manitoba

March 22, 2007"The Uncertainty of Energy Data"
Andrew Gould, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Schlumberger Limited

Feburary 5, 2007 – "The Growing Significance of Renewable Energy"
Dan E. Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Lab

January 31, 2007 "The Road to Our Energy Future: A Candid Assessment"
Abdallah S. Jum'ah, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco

December 14, 2006 "Meeting the Energy-Environment Challenge...and How Harvard Can Help"
John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology; Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

November 6, 2006"Green is Green"
Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Director, GE Global Research

 



2005-06
 

April 5, 2006"Stabilization Wedges: Mitigation Tools for the Next Half-Century"
Robert Socolow, Professor, Princeton University; Co-Director, The Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton University

March 23, 2006"Fueling the Future: Clean Energy, Climate Security and Sustainable Development"
John Podesta, President, Center for American Progress; Former Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton

March 8, 2006"Energy Trends and Technologies for the Coming Decades"
Iain Conn, Group Managing Director, The BP Group

February 8, 2006 – "Is Energy's Future Sustainable?"
Matthew Simmons, President, Simmons and Company International; Author of Twilight in the Desert: The Coming of the Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy

 

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