This Thursday - Electricity 2.0: Unlocking the Power of the Open Energy Network

ElectricityClean energy has captured the imagination of people from Silicon Valley, who invested $5.4 billion in the sector last year, to President Obama, who highlighted it in his State of the Union Address. However, it has yet to fulfill its economic promise and displace legacy fuels in America’s electricity sector, especially when compared with the significant progress made in other countries. Today, non-hydro renewables account for just 3.5% of electricity in the US.

This Thursday, NDN and New Policy Institute Green Project Director Michael Moynihan will release a study examining the electricity industry – the network at the center of the wider energy system – to understand why progress has been so slow. He argues that the answer lies in the outdated and complex structure of Electricity 1.0, a closed, highly regulated network created a century ago, fundamentally incompatible with clean technology and renewable power. 

Moynihan will argue that America must upgrade to Electricity 2.0, an open, distributed network, or there will be no clean energy revolution, no explosion of wealth, and no creation of millions of jobs. But if we do make this shift, America can unlock the potential of clean technology and experience a renewable revolution.  

On Thursday at 12pm, Moynihan, a former Senior Advisor on E-Commerce to Treasury Secretaries Summers and Rubin, will describe the transformative power of Electricity 2.0 and will outline the steps America needs to take to achieve this vision. Copies of the paper will be available for distribution, and lunch will be served. If you are unable to join us in person, the event will be live webcast beginning at 12:15pm, and copies of the paper will be posted on the NDN and New Policy Institute websites later in the afternoon. 

Electricity 2.0: Unlocking the Power of the Open Energy Network
Thursday, February 4, 12 p.m.
NDN: 729 15th St. NW, 1st Floor
A live webcast will begin at 12:15 p.m. ET
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I look forward to seeing you on Thursday for this important presentation. 

For more on this topic, please see:

Removing Roadblocks to the Growth of Renewables by Michael Moynihan, August 17, 2009