Monday, October 7, 2019 - 4:00pm
The Energy System is Changing: Industrialization, Deindustrialization, and Adapting What We Have
Decarbonizing the energy system requires infrastructural transformation with diverse and far-reaching implications for socioenvironmental outcomes. Some infrastructural systems will disappear, leaving their communities with needs for end-of-life management and alternative economic and other structures. Other infrastructural systems need to be created, leading to industrialization effects that might be variably well received. Still other infrastructural systems will adapt, with implications for operational structures, permitting, and resource management. In this talk, I will discuss some of these infrastructure-scale dynamics as they relate to energy systems in the United States, drawing on social science and policy research in addition to energy modeling. I will also discuss how existing energy infrastructure affects our future energy infrastructure, focusing specifically on fossil-fueled power plants and hydroelectricity.
Reception to follow in DGE lobby.