Spring 2020 DEC Energy Seminars

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Elizabeth Wilson, Earth 2020


Elizabeth Wilson
Elizabeth Wilson

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


Darren Peers
Darren Peers

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

Amro Farid and 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.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Health Impacts of Air Pollution, Laura Paulin

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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