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Energy Expert Will Speak at UW Wednesday


April 29, 2013 — A worldwide expert on renewable energy and energy efficiency will speak Wednesday, May 1, at the University of Wyoming.

Distinguished Professor Daniel Kammen of the University of California-Berkeley will speak about “Designing a Low-Carbon Economy” at 3:10 p.m. in Room 133 of the Classroom Building. The event is hosted by the UW’s Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the School of Energy Resources.

The public is invited.

“The scientific, technical and policy tools now exist to rapidly evolve local to regional energy systems that are pro-growth and environmentally sustainable,” Kammen says. “While the costs and technical capacities of many energy sources  likely to play key roles in this new energy ‘ecosystem’ are still in need of innovation and improvement, analytic work and regional practical experiments in my laboratory demonstrate that sufficient progress has taken place in non-carbon-emitting and low-carbon energy to make this shift viable, profitable and job-creating.”

Kammen, who earned a Ph.D. at Harvard, is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy and a professor of nuclear engineering in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley. He also is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at that university, as well as co-director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.

Since 1999, Kammen has served as a contributing or coordinating lead author on various reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Professor Daniel Kammen

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