Annual Lecture Series 2010

June 8-11, 2010

Susan F. Tierney Tuesday, June 8, 3:30 p.m.
Transforming America’s Energy Systems
Susan Tierney, The Analysis Group
Coastal and marine environments are important points of access to energy supplies and offer prospects for new resource development, but offshore energy development is fraught with challenges. Tierney, former assistant secretary of energy for policy in the Clinton administration, will outline the potential for clean energy solutions.
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grid Wednesday, June 9, 3:30 p.m.
Powering the Future: How Renewables and Efficiency Can Remake the Grid
Jennifer Weeks, Freelance Journalist, moderator; Timothy Roughan, National Grid; Riley Allen, Regulatory Assistance Project; Seth Kaplan, Conservation Law Foundation
How will the U.S. power grid accommodate intermittent renewable energy sources? Can improved grid efficiency salvage a system that was developed for a fossil fuel-based economy? Panelists will discuss the role of local electricity generation in reducing demand on the grid.
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 peterbyck Thursday, June 10, 3:30 p.m.
Telling the Energy Story through Film: the Making of Carbon Nation
Peter Byck, Documentary Filmmaker
One of the great challenges in addressing climate change is effective communication of the issues. Byck, director of a new documentary about climate change solutions, will describe the film’s inspiration and the serendipitous events that can make for effective story-telling.
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 sheldonwhitehouse Friday, June 11, 11:00 a.m.
Comprehensive Energy Policy: Planning for a Clean Energy Future
Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senate
Although many agree that the U.S. needs a new and comprehensive energy policy, there are many points of contention. What policy approaches can encourage renewable energy production while providing a viable way to meet our national energy needs? Following Senator Whitehouse, Dennis Nixon, URI Graduate School of Oceanography Associate Dean for Research and Administration, will give a special update on the legal repercussions of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Although the law governing oil spill liability dramatically raised liability limits for tank vessels after the Exxon Valdez spill, offshore drillers had their liability raised to just $75 million. Why does Congress allow liability to be limited at all? That question has been hotly debated in Congress since the spill, and this presentation will examine the choices currently being considered.
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The 2010 Annual Science Immersion Workshop and Public Lecture Series are made possible with generous support from Charlotte Metcalf, Lucy Metcalf, Pamela Thye & J. Frederick Thye through the J. Frederick Thye Charitable Trust, Helen Buchanan, The Energy Foundation, The Chicago Tribune Foundation, Mrs. Robert H.I. Goddard, Robert Kilmarx, Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Thorndike, and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Penney.

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