College Park, MD 20740
ABSTRACT: The talks reviews major findings from a multi-year effort to assess our current knowledge in energy technology innovation conducted under the auspices of the Global Energy Assessment. A conceptual framework developed to describe Energy Technology Innovation Systems (ETIS) is outlined and illustrated with examples drawn from the 20 case studies conducted within the assessment. Innovation examples addressed include inter alia: solar PV and hot water systems, wind energy, nuclear power, as well as appliance efficiency standards. The framework is then used to examine current ETIS policies with respect to their relative weighting of energy end-use (efficiency) versus supply side technologies, identifying pronounced asymmetries between the innovation outcomes needed in a climate constrained world and incentive structures currently in place. ETIS portfolios need to refocus and to be rebalanced with much greater emphasis on energy efficiency, coupled R&D and market deploym!
ent incentives, as well as in devising new institutional configurations that are global and multi-technology in scope.
BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Grubler is a Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies every fall term and a senior research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria for the remainder of the year. His research and teaching interests focus on the interplay between energy and technology systems and their implications on the environment, in particular on climate change.
Parking is free but a visitor parking permit is required. Please let Kim Swieringa (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you will be driving and need a visitor permit.