This is the link to the presentation at the Global Gridwise Forum in Washington DC, 9/23/2010 - GRIDwise.pdf
I was asked to discuss where we need to go in terms of a real smart grid by 2030 to hit the types of energy security and environmental goals one could imagine wanting to hit.
Today I’m doing a webcast for O’Reilly media on Energy and Energy Literacy. I’m making the slides available here:
I’m continually reminded of how difficult it is for people just go get past the difference between energy and power. To get a full picture of rate of energy use (power) we need to talk about both and their units, but it certainly makes it a cumbersome conversation to join afresh.
I spoke to a great group of designers at Compostmodern 09 – http://www.compostmodern.org/ San Francisco’s beautiful Herbst theatre, February 21st, 2009.
The main thrust of the talk is the need for designers to think very carefully about what they make and design, and its use. It was very much about heirloom design – the concept I use to describe making things that will last a very long time. For things that don’t require energy to run (electronics, kettles, stoves etc) the best way to make them “efficient” is to make them last a very long time such that the energy (and hence carbon) used to make them is amortized over a very long period.
Sadly my beautiful folding bike – www.bikefriday.com – was stolen from outside the theatre while I was giving the lecture. Where’s the justice in the universe? I’d invested in the highest quality, hand made for me, folding bicycle, [...]