“Global Energy Policy Solutions II”
Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Meeting
June 13, 2007 (dinner)
Notti Bianche Restaurant
The George Washington University Inn
824 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
June 14, 2007 (meeting)
Room 100 Keck Building
The National Academies
500 Fifth St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
June 13, 2007
Notti Bianche Restaurant
George Washington University Inn
824 New Hampshire Ave, NW
Can Americans Handle the Truth About Energy?
Moderator: Marye Anne Fox, GUIRR Co-Chair and Chancellor of UCSD
David Garman, Principal, Decker Garman Sullivan
Having only recently left his position as the Under Secretary of Energy for Energy, Science and the Environment, Dr. Garman is intimately familiar with how the nation’s energy policy has played out in the public arena. Tonight, Dr. Garman will discuss the public’s perception and understanding of energy issues, and how that perception affects public policy.
June 14, 2007
7:30–8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:00–8:15 Welcome: GUIRR Co-Chair Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor, UCSD
REVIEW OF ONGOING GUIRR ACTIVITIES
8:15–8:35 Summary Update of Data Overload, Partnerships for Emerging Research Institutions, Federal Demonstration Partnership and University-Industry Demonstration Partnership
Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor, UCSD
In an effort to minimize time spent on project updates, these projects’ activities since February will be summarized by the GUIRR co-chair, with more extensive updates to occur over lunch and at subsequent meetings of GUIRR.
8:35–8:45 Q&A between Membership and Working Group Leaders
Data Overload: Tilak Agerwala
Partnerships for Emerging Research Institutions: Merrilea Mayo on behalf of Vijaya Melnick
Federal Demonstration Partnership: Nancy Wray
University-Industry Demonstration Partnership: Wayne Johnson and Roberto Peccei on behalf of Bob Killoren and Susan Butts
8:45–9:15 S&E Workforce
George Reynolds, Director of University Relations, Northrop-Grumman Electronic Systems and Kelly Sullivan, Director, University Relations and Fellowship Programs, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
In April 2006, this working group met for a day and a half-long retreat. Drs. Reynolds and Sullivan will be sharing the results of that retreat, which include the definition of multiple projects that are well-suited to GUIRR and could make a national difference. Members will be asked to comment on the strategy and projects, and also to volunteer, as their interests dictate.
GLOBAL ENERGY POLICY SOLUTIONS II
9:15-9:45 North American Energy Scenario to 2050
Barry Worthington, Executive Director, US Energy Association
The World Energy Council is preparing a study to present at the Rome WEC Congress in November 2007, looking at Energy Policy Scenarios to 2050. The presentation will preview the North American contribution to the global study.
10:00–10:30 Global Energy Perspective (via videoconference)
Nate Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, Caltech
This presentation will describe and evaluate the challenges, both technical, political, and economic, involved with widespread adoption of renewable energy technologies, such as solar electricity. The analysis shows that a greenhouse gas constraint on total carbon emissions, in conjunction with global population growth would drive the demand for carbon-free power well beyond that produced by conventional supply/demand pricing tradeoffs.
10:30–11:00 Clean Coal and Other Prospects for Energy Solutions
Carl Bauer, Director, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Department of Energy
Mr. Bauer will discuss one of the most pressing issues facing the United States today: maintaining a secure, affordable energy supply while making the smallest possible impact on our nation's land, air, and water supplies. He will review the underlying factors that contribute to this challenge and the benefits of drawing on a diverse portfolio of energy streams to meet our needs.
11:00-11:30 Science and Policy for Dramatic Cuts in Carbon Emissions
Daniel Kammen, Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, and Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory
A growing number of states and nations have established, or are planning dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, with many in the range of 20 - 30% reductions over two decades and 80% or more by 2050. Can these targets be achieved? What range of scientifc advances, engineering efforts, and policy as well as financial innovations are likely to be needed to provide serious options and avenues to achieve these levels of GHG controls? This talk will examine current and emerging options to meet these targets.
11:30–1:00 Working Lunch
Tables will be set up for discussions on the following topics:
Science and Engineering Workforce – George Reynolds and Kelly Sullivan, GUIRR
ROI for basic research – the Council on Chemical Research reports, Don Anthony, CCR
State Department view of Exports Controls – results of an FDP-sponsored workshop –Nancy Wray, FDP/GUIRR
Energy I – Public messages on energy – alternatives to reports – James Fischer, USDA
Energy II – Other countries’ views on US Energy policy – Gary Marfin, Rice U.
1:00-1:15 Report-out on Table Discussions
1:15-2:00 Japanese View of U.S. Energy Policy
a) Japan's Nuclear Energy Plan - Ensuring Energy Security and Preventing Global Warming
Takuya Hattori, Executive Vice Chairman, Japan Atomic Industrial Forum
b) Japan's view of US Nuclear Energy Policy - How the US Could Deal with Energy Security
Shuzaburo Takeda, Executive Director, Business-University Forum of Japan
These tandem presentations discuss Japan’s nuclear energy strategy, and give a Japanese view of U.S. nuclear energy strategy.
2:00-2:30 China’s Energy Challenges
Wenying Chen, Professor, 3E (Energy, Environment, Economy) Research Institute, Tsinghua University
Dr. Chen will introduce China's current energy situation and review the energy challenges facing China, including energy structure adjustment, energy security, local environmental protection, and global climate change. She will also introduce China's sustainable energy development strategy.
2:30–3:00 Ending the Energy Stalemate
Jason Grumet, Executive Director, National Commission on Energy Policy
In 2004. the non-profit National Energy Commission released a comprehensive report on policy solutions to the nation’s energy challenges. The Commission’s bipartisan policy recommendations were limited to those which had impact, technical feasibility, political acceptability, and revenue neutrality. Mr. Grumet will detail the report’s key recommendations, explain how those recommendations have fared after rollout, and describe what remains to be done.
3:00 Global Science Partnerships for the 21st Century (GSP21)
George H. Atkinson, Senior Science and Technology Adviser, Department of State
The GSP21 program involves a new relationship between selected countries committed to developing innovation systems that can attract some of their most promising students who complete graduate education in U.S. science and engineering institutions to come home for productive careers that emphasize closely cooperative with the U.S. educational, research, and private sector communities.