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Science and Ideas Group: Innovating For Cleaner Energy

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM
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Audre Newman
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When: Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, 3:00-5:00 pm


Open to: All

Innovating For Cleaner Energy:
Electric Utilities and The Sustainability Challenge


The Science and Ideas Interest Group presents Lara Pierpoint, Ph.D., leading us in a discussion on current and future energy saving innovations available to governments and corporations NOW.

She says, “In order to forestall the worst impacts of climate change, the U.S. and the world needs to decarbonize - fast. This means reducing the carbon emissions of the electric power, transportation, and industrial sectors to near-zero. Of those sectors, decarbonizing electric power is the "easiest" problem to solve - but it's not happening nearly quickly enough. We'll discuss why that is, and what electric utilities and the broader community are doing to try to change that trajectory - bending the curve to get the U.S. and the rest of the world on carbon-free power.”

Here are some articles you might read before the event:


1.Great basic info about our electricity system:

Electricity in the U.S. - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)


2.A case study of the challenges with 100% renewables:

Lara Pierpoint is currently the Director of Technology Strategy at Exelon, a Fortune-100 electric utility based in Chicago, with the largest customer base in the U.S. She advises the company on energy technology trends, specializing in early- and mid-stage energy storage technologies, and nuclear power, and running Exelon’s partnership R&D program. She is transitioning from that role to join Actuate, a new nonprofit - where she will lead the climate work, accelerating demonstration and deployment of climate mitigation technologies.

Lara is the daughter of Susan Pierpoint, an Ashby Village member. We hope you will join us for this enlightening event.

Join a dynamic group of individuals who enjoy sharing and discussing science-focused topics. Each month the group selects a new topic to focus on via their online email forum. Speakers and/or readings often support the lively discussions.