Energy Seminars

The Dartmouth Energy Collaborative hosts events and learning opportunities throughout the academic year, including energy seminars twice (or more) a month.

Most DEC events are open to Dartmouth students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public.

All upcoming event dates are listed below. 

Summer 2020 DEC Energy Seminar Series


"Clean Energy Transition: What We've Learned from Partnering with Caribbean Islands to Develop Inclusive Approaches that Accelerate Progress"

Tuesday, July 28
Kaitlyn Bunker, Rocky Mountain Institute


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About the Talk:
Caribbean islands are among the first to be impacted by our global climate crisis, although their direct contribution to GHG emissions is minimal. At the same time, islands have chosen to be leaders in clean energy transition, recognizing that moving from their current centralized fossil-fueled electricity systems to distributed clean energy options brings a range of benefits, from reducing emissions to lowering electricity costs, increasing system resilience, and using local resource options. The Rocky Mountain Institute Islands Energy Program partners with Caribbean islands to define optimal pathways and accelerate their clean energy transitions. This presentation and discussion will focus on the approach developed by the RMI team to best support islands in their efforts through inclusive energy planning processes and a whole-systems approach. While there are unique aspects of small island electricity systems that create both challenges and opportunities, the presentation will also highlight aspects of islands' experiences that are relevant to larger electricity systems in other regions.

About the Speaker: Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D., P.E. leads the Islands Energy Program at Rocky Mountain Institute, including leading energy modeling and technical analysis to complete integrated resource plans in partnership with Caribbean island utilities, governments, and regulators. These plans take a whole-systems view of various options for the future of the electricity sector on each island, and lead to specific investment plans for clean energy solutions. She has worked closely with stakeholders in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Bermuda. Kaitlyn also leads modeling efforts related to small island microgrid opportunities. She joined RMI after completing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.



Tuesday, June 30

Nathaniel Stinnett,  Environmental Voter Project
"Modern Environmental Politics: Big Data, Behavioral Science, and Why Voting Is Everything"
Co-sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth, the Dartmouth Government Department, and the Anthropocene Working Group at Dartmouth. 

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About the Talk: Environmentalists aren't voting as much as they ought to, but recent advances in data analytics and behavioral science offer hope for 2020 and beyond. With fresh data from recent elections and mobilization experiments, voter turnout expert Nathaniel Stinnett will discuss how modern political campaigns identify and mobilize voters, and how that impacts environmental policy at the local, state, and federal level.

About the Speaker: Nathaniel Stinnett is the Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Voter Project, a non-partisan nonprofit that uses data analytics and behavioral science to mobilize environmentalists to vote. Named one of five global "climate visionaries" by The New York Times in 2018, and dubbed "The Voting Guru" by Grist magazine, Stinnett is a frequent expert speaker on cutting-edge campaign techniques and the behavioral science behind getting people to vote. He has held a variety of senior leadership and campaign manager positions on U.S. Senate, Congressional, state, and mayoral campaigns, and he sits on the Board of Advisors for MIT's Environmental Solutions Initiative. Formerly an attorney at the international law firm DLA Piper, Stinnett holds a BA from Yale University and a JD from Boston College Law School, and he lives in Boston, MA with his wife and two daughters.

Panel Discussion — Energy Stimulus: Investing in the Electric Power Grid of the Future

Tuesday, July 14
Co-sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth Government Department

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Recent editorials by Sue Tierney and Dan Reicher '78 have presented interesting and important perspectives on opportunities and challenges facing stimulus investments in the energy sector. Join energy experts Tierney, Reicher, Abby Hopper '93, Tom Kiernan '81, and Jeff Dagle as they discuss stimulus investments supporting the creation of new energy systems. Read about the panelists here.


Spring 2020 Online DEC Energy Seminar Series


Elizabeth Wilson: Earth 2020
Tuesday, April 21

Our first Zoom-based seminar will feature a talk and Q&A with Irving Institute Director and Professor of Environmental Studies, Elizabeth Wilson. Professor Wilson will be discussing "Energy," a chapter she co-authored in the new book, Earth 2020: An Insider's Guide to a Rapidly Changing Planet (2020, Open Book Publishers, Philippe D. Tortell, ed.). 

Pre-reading is not required for attendance, but you can download the chapter here to read ahead of the event. Questions are encouraged! 

View a video recording of Professor Wilson's talk. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Darren Peers '96, TU'01, Senior VP, Capital Group: Near-term Dislocations and Longer Term Challenges of Energy Procurement

The world is experiencing an unprecedented supply/demand imbalance in energy as many nations' populations shelter at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. Darren Peers, an equity investment analyst at Capital Group financial services company, will discuss the current energy procurement landscape and the examine the medium and longer term challenges created by this supply/demand imbalance. 

Darren Peers has research responsibility for oil and gas exploration and production in the U.S. and Canada, oil and gas refining and marketing, as well as large-cap machinery companies in the U.S. He has 23 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for six years. Prior to joining Capital, Darren was a portfolio manager and energy analyst at NWQ Investment Management Company. Before that, he worked as an energy analyst and investment associate for Putnam Investments. He holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a bachelor's degree in economics from Dartmouth College.

View a video recording of Darren Peers' talk. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Professor Amro Farid and Revers Center Executive Director April Salas
"Research with Impact —  Dartmouth's Role in Advancing New Hampshire's  Clean Energy Future"

As academics in the energy field, we are often publishing our research on how to best transform our energy systems to meet the challenge of global climate change. We develop new technologies, design new market mechanisms, and propose new policy measures. But publishing our research is one thing and making meaningful change is another.  

Fortunately, in 2019, the State of New Hampshire passed Senate Bills 284 and 286.  The former establishes a statewide, multi-use online energy data platform. The latter allows municipalities and counties to establish community power aggregators that can entirely transform retail electricity markets.  This presentation summarizes'  the speakers' role in in making New Hampshire's clean energy future a reality.  We will describe our contributions to Clean Power New Hampshire as a nascent community power program.  Furthermore, Salas and Farid have recognized that the success of such programs relies on timely and accurate data.  To that end, Salas will describe her Irving Institute-funded NH energy dashboard project. Farid will go on to describe his systems engineering efforts to architect NH's energy data platform as part of the NH PUC "Data Docket". The establishment of data-rich community power programs creates the potential for new transactive energy retail electricity markets that can accommodate large quantities of variable renewable energy resources.  To conclude the presentation, Farid will describe his Irving Institute-funded "LEBTEC" project that develops a transactive energy blockchain prototype for the City of Lebanon.

View a recording of this talk. 


Tuesday, June 2, 2020
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. (EDT)
The Health Impacts of Air Pollution with Laura Paulin, Geisel School of Medicine

Ever wonder what's in the air you breathe? Laura Paulin, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Geisel School of Medicine, will join us for the next Dartmouth Energy Collaborative online energy seminar on June 2. In this talk, Dr. Paulin will describe the basic chemical and physical properties of air pollution and review landmark epidemiological studies examining the human health impacts of air pollution. We will explore how several decades of air pollution research has shaped current legislation to mitigate air pollution exposures, and how these standards have impacted current pollutant concentrations. We will point out the limitations of US ambient air pollution standards, and discuss settings of interest, including rural pollution exposures.

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Winter 2020 Energy Lunches

Thursday, January 9: Dartmouth's Energy System with Rosi Kerr, Director of the Dartmouth Sustainability Office
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. — Occom Commons - Goldstein Hall

Read a student report on the presentation

Thursday, January 23: High-Performance Nickel-Iron (NiFE) Permanent Magnetics for Electric Motors and Turbines with Professor Ian Baker, Thayer School of Engineering
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. — Occom Commons - Goldstein Hall
About this talk: Demand for high-performance permanent magnets for motors is increasing rapidly for applications such as wind turbine generators and motors in electric and hybrid cars. Sm-Co and Nd-Fe-B rare earth (RE) magnets, which have the highest energy product (BH)max of any magnets, are used for such challenging applications. However, RE magnets are very expensive and RE mining has been associated with severe environmental degradation. In this project we aimed to establish a low-cost method to produce bulk L1- structured NiFe, which has magnetic properties comparable to the best RE magnets.


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Thursday, January 30: Energy and Society in Northern Greenland with Professor Mary Albert, Thayer School of Engineering
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. — Occom Commons - Goldstein Hall
About this talk: Arctic indigenous communities have valued hunting and fishing lifestyles for thousands of years. Today, Arctic subsistence lifestyles are being threatened by their current dependence on expensive fossil fuels. With sunlight availability on the scale of months rather than hours, life on a windless frozen Arctic fjord may become sustainable through a systems approach that includes adaptation of renewable energy technologies in solutions for interlinked energy-societal-environmental challenges. Upon the invitation of citizens of Greenland, in this stakeholder-driven pilot project we partner with the citizens of Qaanaaq to identify and articulate their needs, goals, and collaborative short-term and long-term projects that could lead to a sustainable hunting/fishing lifestyle in this remote area. The co-generation of knowledge in this Irving Institute-funded study is establishing a solid partnership and has set the stage for a larger recent award from NSF for continued research.


Thursday, February 13: Hawaii Energy Landscape: Examining the Transition to 100% Renewably Sourced Energy by 2045 with Tuck Students
12 - 1 p.m. — Tuck School of Business - General Motors Classroom

About this talk: The Revers Center for Energy T'20 Fellows packed their Hawaiian shirts and traveled to Honolulu and Kona, Hawaii to examine the challenges of transitioning from exporting all energy to becoming 100% renewable energy by 2045. Visits included the Hawaiian Electric Company, the Hawaii State Energy Office, the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency, the Elemental Excelerator, University of Hawaii, AES Hawaii (coal plant), Covanta Honolulu H-Power Waste to Energy plant, a microgrid, the Natural Energy Laboratory, and of course Parker Ranch with Dutch Kuyper T'92 and Jonathan Mitchell T'12. Come hear from the team on their conclusions about the state's diverging economic interests, technological limitations, cultural and religious elements, and competition for limited land that complicate this clean energy transition.

Thursday, February 20: Student Experiential Learning and Research World Cafe with Dartmouth Undergraduate and Graduate Students
12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Top of the Hop

Read more about this event here. 

Projects and Participants

  • Dartmouth Energy Alliance: Max Holden, Joe Hall, Caroline Goggins
  • Energy Blockchain for Financing and Carbon Offsetting: Junyang Ke
  • Sustainability Corps: Hannah McGrath, Brandon Holmes, Emma Miller
  • Gulf Coast Immersion Trip: Jennifer Chen & Pierce Wilson
  • Studied Hydropower Resources, Snow Accumulation, & Snowmelt in Mt. Hunter, Alaska: Katie Anderson
  • Installation of a Micro‐Hydroelectric Generator for the Inian Islands Institute in Alaska: Kevin Yang, Mallory Byrd, Abigail Brazil, Marissa Magsarili, and Ben Sacconne
  • Exploring the structural capacities of mycelium as a novel building and insulative material, as well as its ability to cleanse rainwater of acidity and nutrient deposition: Kevin Yang
  • Dartmouth Energy Future Team : Kevin Yang, Alex Derenchuck, Mallory Byrd
  • Electrochemical Society Conference in Atlanta : Andrew Hamlin & Julia Huddy
  • Research & Development of a Wearable Biomechanical Energy Harvesting Device: Haley Richards
  • WindEurope Offshore 2019 Conference in Denmark: Rick Basak

Thursday, March 5: Analysis of Energy and Indigenous Environmental Studies in the Americas with Professor Laura Ogden, Department of Anthropology
12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Occom Commons - Goldstein Hall
About this talk: Anthropologist Laura Ogden will discuss key themes important to Indigenous scholars working on energy issues in the United States. These themes include the centrality of water, energy and sovereignty, health and energy inequalities, as well as infrastructure politics. The Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society supported this project.

Read a student report about this project. 

Fall DEC 2019 Lunch Series


  • Thursday, September 19 : The Year Ahead in Energy and Society at Dartmouth, presented by DEC representatives
  • 12:15 -1:15 p.m. | Fahey Hall, First Floor Commons
  • Thursday, October 3: Denmark Energy Trip, presented by Tuck students and other campus participants
    12 - 1 p.m. | Tuck - Shapiro Classroom
  • Thursday, October 17: Dartmouth's Energy Landscape Through Students' Experiential Learning, presented by the Dartmouth Sustainability Corps Energy Team
    12:15 - 1 :15 p.m. | Fahey Hall, First Floor Commons
  • Thursday, October 31: Town of Hanover Energy Update, presented by Revers Center for Energy Executive Director April Salas
    12:15 - 1:15 p.m. | Occom Commons, Goldstein Hall
  • Thursday, November 14: Curtis Probst, Director of the New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation and lecturer at Columbia University, "Financing the Clean Energy Transition and the Role of State and Local Green Banks." 
    12 - 1 p.m. | Tuck, Rosenwald Classroom


Fall 2019 Energy 101 Dates and Topics

September 17: Big Picture: How Does Energy Fulfill Critical Societal Needs? Led by Elizabeth Wilson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society 

September 24: Energy Fundamentals and the Language of Energy: Tools for Understanding Energy in our Lives: Led by Amanda Graham, Academic Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

October 1: Transitions in Today's Energy Systems: Electricity and Transportation: Led by Stephen Doig, Research Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society

October 8: Dartmouth's Energy System: Led by Rosi Kerr, Director, Dartmouth Office of Sustainability

October 15: Energy Transitions and Wrap Up: Led by Elizabeth Wilson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Director, Arthur L. Irving Institute for Energy and Society


2018-2019 DEC Events

Summer 2018

07/19/2018: DEC Lunch: "Climbing the Learning Curve: Student Experiences with Energy Sector Internships

Fall 2018

09/18/2018: Energy 101 Series: Big Picture Overview - What are "energy systems"? Why and how do we use energy?

09/20/2018: DEC Lunch: The Year Ahead in Energy & Society

09/25/2018: Energy 101 Series: "Legacy" Energy Systems, Energy Resources, Regional Differences

10/02/2018: Energy 101 Series: Bootstrapping Energy Fundamentals: Units, Conversions, Technologies

10/04/2018: DEC Lunch: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Ratepayer Advocacy after Restructuring

10/09/2018: Energy 101 Series: How Electricity Systems Work: Policies, Organizations, Decision-making

10/16/2018: Energy 101 Series: Energy Economics: Energy Demand, Markets, & Paying for Energy

10/18/2018: DEC Lunch: Student Reflections: Dartmouth’s Energy Immersion Trip to New Hampshire, Vermont, and Quebec

10/23/2018: Energy 101 Series: Energy in Frontier Economies:  System Design

10/30/2018: Energy 101 Series: Panel of Industry Experts: Creating Tomorrow's Energy Systems

11/01/2018: DEC Lunch: Electric Vehicles in Norway: Policy and Implementation Lessons

11/06/2018: Energy 101 Series: Big Picture: What's Next?

11/13/2018: Energy 101 Series: End of Series Celebration! 

11/15/2018: DEC Lunch

Winter 2019

01/10/2019: DEC Lunch: The Social Cost of Nuclear Power

01/24/2019: DEC Lunch: Student Reflections: Energy Immersion Trip to the Gulf Coast

02/07/2019: DEC Lunch: Students in the Field – Irving Institute Mini-Grant Reports

02/21/2019: DEC Lunch: Sizing and Siting Energy Storage for Distribution Circuits

03/07/2019: DEC Lunch: Assessing and Mitigating the Risk of Cascading Blackouts

Spring 2019

03/28/2019: DEC Lunch: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

04/11/2019: DEC Lunch: Tuck Revers Fellows Examine Puerto Rico’s Energy Recovery

04/25/2019: DEC Lunch: Great Issues in Energy: The Future of Energy in the US

05/09/2019: DEC Lunch: Student Reflections: Energy Immersion Trip to Appalachia

05/23/2019: DEC Lunch: Dr. Paulina Jaramillo

2017-2018 Events

Winter 2018

01/11/2018: DEC Lunch: Building as a Research Tool

01/25/2018: DEC Lunch: Energy Extraction in the Arctic

02/08/2018: DEC Lunch: Re-Envisioning the Car of the Future 

02/22/2018: DEC Lunch: Libraries and the Available Energy Resources

03/22/2018: DEC Lunch: Energy Conversations and Updates from the Irving Institute 

Spring 2018 

04/05/2018: DEC Lunch: The Dartmouth Energy System: An Opportunity for Hot Projects!

04/19/2018: DEC Lunch: District Energy at Dartmouth - and in the Ivy League

04/24/2018: Public Talk: Multi-Level Architectures of Energy Resilience (video)

04/26/2018: Panel Discussion: Energy, Disaste, and Resilience (video)

05/10/2018: DEC Lunch: Student Reflections: Dartmouth's Energy Immersion Trip to Appalachia

05/17/2018: DEC Lunch: Field Experiments in Residential Energy Conservation (Powerpoint presentation)

05/31/2018: DEC Lunch: Energy Innovation in Emerging Economies