The next few decades will see a profound energy transformation throughout the world. By the end of the century (and perhaps sooner), we will shift from fossil fuel dependence to rely primarily on renewable sources - solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal power.
Driven by the need to avert catastrophic climate change and by the depletion of easily accessible oil, coal, and natural gas, this transformation will entail a major shift in how we live. What might a 100% renewable future look like? Which technologies will play a crucial role in our energy future? What challenges will we face in this transition? And how can we make sure our new system is just and equitable?
Join energy experts Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow-in-Residence of the Post Carbon Institute and one of the world’s foremost educators on the need to transition away from fossil fuels, and David Fridley staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he is deputy group leader of the China Energy Group. Heinberg and Fridley are also the authors of Our Renewable Future, published by Island press, which explores the challenges and opportunities presented by the shift to renewable energy. The transition to clean energy will not be a simple matter of replacing coal with wind power or oil with solar; it will require us to adapt our energy usage as dramatically as we adapt our energy sources.
Beginning with a comprehensive overview of our current energy system, the panelists survey issues of energy supply and demand in key sectors of the economy, including electricity generation, transportation, buildings, and manufacturing. In their review of each sector, the panelists examine the most crucial challenges we face, from intermittency in fuel sources to energy storage and grid redesign. The webinar concludes with a discussion of energy and equity and a summary of key lessons and steps forward at the individual, community, and national level.