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Innovation in the Renewable Energy Sector: Where do we go from here?

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As its first event of 2018, the International Renewable Energy Academy (IREA) will be hosting a 1.5 hour webinar on January 30 at 11AM Eastern time (8AM Pacific), focused on the future of renewable energy. The keynote speaker will be Dan Kammen, renowned Professor of energy and renewables at the University of California Berkeley campus.

The webinar will start with a half-hour presentation by Professor Kammen on innovation in the renewable energy sector and solar energy in particular, and will be supported by a set of powerful slides that illuminate the path taken up until the present. Then the webinar will pose the question, “given the state of renewable energy innovation, development, and implementation, and the successes and setbacks of the past year, what needs to happen now … where do we go from here?” The conversation will be guided by Professors Jose Etcheverry and Fred Schwartz, from the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, and there will be time for questions and comments from inquiring minds.

Dan is Professor of Energy, founding Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, and Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy where he leads a group of Graduate and Post-graduate students conducting worldwide research. He was Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007 to 2015, and has served the State of California and US Federal government in expert and advisory capacities from the US EPA to the Department of Energy, US Agency for International Development and the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Interested participants are invited to sign up for the webinar on IREAs web site: http://rea.info.yorku.ca/ right up to and even during the presentation.


Dr. Dan Kammen, University of California, Berkeley


Dan Kammen has a B.A. in Physics from Cornell (1984), an M.A. in Physics from Harvard (1986), and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard (1988). He is currently Professor of Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy, at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, and Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. His interests are science and technology policy focused on energy, development and environmental management. This includes technology and policy questions in developing nations involving the linkages between energy, health, and the environment, technology transfer and diffusion, household energy management, renewable energy, women’s issues, and minority groups. He is particularly interested in global environmental change including being actively engaged in encouraging deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and resource consumption. He is an expert in assessing environmental and technological risk, and in managing innovation and energy R&D policy. He has received numerous environmental leadership awards, is on a number of editorial boards and advisory committees, and is a referee for many journals, publishers, and funding agencies.


Fred H. Schwartz, IREA Executive Director


Fred Schwartz is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, and co-founder and Executive Director of the International Renewable Energy Academy at York University. Early in his career he was involved in Land Claims projects for the Inuit in the Arctic and Northern Labrador. His background includes the development and implementation of renewable energy technologies and policies both domestically and internationally. He has worked for Municipal (San Francisco), Provincial (Ontario), State (California and Alaska), and Federal governments in Canada and the US, and for utilities (PG&E) in the U.S. He has also worked for the private sector (Northland Power Inc.) in Canada and (Trinity Flywheel, Intellergy Corporation, Solar Design Associates) in the US. In 1991 he received the President’s Environment and Conservation Challenge award from the President of the United States for his work at PG&E, and in 2004 he received a Green Power award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his groundbreaking solar and efficiency project at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. He has been featured in a film on solar power (The Power of the Sun), has written award winning papers on renewable energy topics, and has authored OP Ed articles on energy from waste and small hydro for The Globe and Mail.


Dr. Jose Etcheverry, IREA Director


Jose Etcheverry is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative at York University Faculty of Environmental Studies, and is co-founder and President of the International Renewable Energy Academy at York University. His areas of interest include climate change mitigation, domestic and international renewable energy policies, rural electrification, experiential education and community capacity development, and new media and communications. He is deeply involved in developing practical policy solutions to climate change through collaborative efforts, and is interested in developing all renewable energy sources to their full potential. He is centrally involved in efforts to advance domestic and global campaigns for 100 percent renewable energy, is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Annual International Renewable Energy Storage Conference, and is involved with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium, and the W3 Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces to Respond to Climate Change. He is also a prolific writer, having contributed numerous articles in refereed journals and chapters to books on climate change, renewable energy policy, experiential education, and educational practice.


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