“Transforming the Energy System for Security and Prosperity”

04/17/19

Amory Lovins, called "one of the Western world's most influential energy thinkers" by Newsweek, will make a return visit to the Catawba College campus to speak at Keppel Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th.   The program is sponsored by Catawba’s Center for the Environment.  

An experimental physicist educated at Harvard and Oxford, Lovins is Rocky Mountain Institute's cofounder, chief scientist and Chairman Emeritus.  The Rocky Mountain Institute is a market-oriented, entrepreneurial, nonprofit, nonpartisan "think-and-do tank."  Lovins has briefed 20 heads of state, advised the U.S. Departments of Energy and Defense and consulted for scores of industries and governments worldwide. Here in our state of North Carolina, Lovins helped launch the energy efficiency revolution that has saved over $1 billion so far on North Carolina’s college and university campuses.

According to Lovins “Most of the energy we use is wasted. Smarter technologies and designs that use energy more efficiently could provide the same or better services with far less energy, money, and risk. Moreover, the fossil fuels that provide most of our energy now generally cost more than the modern renewable sources that have already taken over two-thirds of the world’s power-plant market. These profound shifts in both demand and supply set the stage for rapid change in almost everything we thought we knew about energy. Oil suppliers have more unsellable than unburnable oil: they are more at risk from competition than from regulation. Electricity suppliers too face a swarm of disruptors that will transform their business beyond recognition. And meanwhile, Edison’s electric industry is merging with Ford’s auto industry to eat Rockefeller’s oil industry—while insurgents challenge incumbents in all three of these giant industries. These transformations offer remarkable opportunities for informed citizens in every community to build a durable economy and to make energy supplies resilient, so catastrophic interruptions of supply shift from inevitable to impossible”.

Lovins has held several visiting academic chairs, authored 31 books and over 630 papers, advised major firms and governments worldwide for 45 years on advanced energy efficiency; and designed superefficient buildings, vehicles, and industrial plants.  He received the Blue Planet, Volvo, Zayed, Onassis, Nissan, Shingo, and Mitchell Prizes; MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships; 12 honorary doctorates; the Heinz, Lindbergh, Right Livelihood, National Design, and World Technology Awards; and Germany’s highest civilian honor:  The Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  

 

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