EPIC to Host Lectures on Carbon Free Energy in California

California's Carbon Free Energy Future: Options and Opportunities

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: SOLES Building (See Campus Map)


The Energy Policy Initiatives Center is hosting the next talk in its Climate Change Lecure Series.  The event, entitled California's Carbon Free Energy Future: Options and Opportunities, will explore the policies and technologies that can help California meets its future energy needs while at the same time reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

Two energy experts will be present presentations based on recently published books on the topic.  The speakers biographies follow.

S. David Freeman
In his new book, Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How, S. David Freeman delivers a wealth of facts on alternative energy and candid opinions with blunt straight talk. His basic message is that enough renewable energy is available to us to wean ourselves from foreign oil, coal and nuclear power to create a sustainable future for our planet.

Freeman speaks from half a century of experience working in the energy industry and as a federal energy policymaker, including time top positions at New York Power Authority, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Lower Colorado River Authority, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Trained as both an engineer and a lawyer, he joined the Federal Power Commission during the Kennedy Administration and helped develop energy policy for Presidents Johnson and Nixon.

Arjun Makhijani
Arjun Makhijani is President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research in Takoma Park, Maryland.  He earned his Ph.D. in from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 1972, specializing in nuclear fusion. 
A recognized authority on energy issues, Dr. Makhijani is the author and co-author of numerous reports and books on energy and environment related issues.  He was the principal author of the first study of the energy efficiency potential of the US economy published in 1971.  He is the author of Carbon-Free and Nuclear-Free: A Roadmap for U.S. Energy Policy (2007).

In 1989 he received The John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism of the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, with Bob Alvarez; was awarded the Josephine Butler Nuclear Free Future Award in 2001 and the Jane Bagley Lehman award of the Tides Foundation (to be given in 2008); and was named a Ploughshares Hero, by the Ploughshares Fund (2006).  In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  He has many published articles in journals such as The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and The Progressive, as well as in newspapers, including the Washington Post.

For more information, contact Scott Anders.