University of Bath

I-SEE Seminar 'People and energy – a relationship in transition'

Exploring the changing relationship between people and energy, the tensions between costs and benefits, rights and responsibilities, local and global.

27 Nov 20184.30pm
to
27 Nov 20185.45pm
Free

In the lexicon of energy we’re used to hearing about ‘big’ oil, the ‘big’ six, ‘giga’-watts, the ‘national’ grid. It’s the language of scale and historically, as individual users of energy, we’ve found ourselves on the periphery, ‘done to’ by dominant players in a centralised, global market.

But when you look closely at what’s happening in the energy system today you very quickly discover this relationship is being turned on its head. People could in future be the lead actors on a stage being radically reshaped by four parallel trends – decentralisation, democratisation, digitisation and decarbonisation. These are the four Ds of the modern energy age.

In this seminar, Louise Kingham will explore the changing relationship between people and energy, the tensions between costs and benefits, rights and responsibilities, local and global. She will set out her long term, optimistic view that advances in technology and human ingenuity, allied with changes in how we all live our lives, could yet avert the worst impacts of climate change at the same time as opening up access for more than a billion people in the world still living without electricity.