On Sunday, October 25, 2015, internationally acclaimed energy-policy expert Daniel Kammen delivered an Orcas Currents lecture on “Getting the Carbon Out: Decarbonizing Energy Systems.” His presentation began at 1:30 p.m. in Orcas Center. After that, three local energy experts offered their individual perspectives on this pressing global imperative.
Kammen serves as Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he founded and directs the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. He also holds UC Berkeley appointments in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the Goldman School of Public Policy.
In 2010–2011, Kammen was the World Bank’s Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He served as Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s Clean Energy Envoy to the Americas. And he was the lead author of several reports of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); in recognition of its work, the IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.
In his talk, Kammen described the successes and challenges in implementing low-carbon alternatives, which are now taking place from rural Africa to the United States. These efforts range from residential to community-scale systems to actions on national levels – including in China and the European Union. He also discussed the hopeful prospects for global accord in the upcoming Paris climate talks.
After his lecture, well-known islanders Bill Anders, Chris Graecen, and Eric Youngren offered their own perspectives on the energy transformations we face both locally and globally. This was the inaugural event in a new Orcas Currents series featuring widely recognized authorities “In Conversation With” island experts.
This event was cosponsored by Coates Vineyards and the San Juan Islands Conservation District. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.