August has emerged as an important month to charge my batteries and get my thoughts straight on a number of energy related topics. This is essential as I’ve been asked to speak at two big events in September.
The organizers from the Eastern Partnership have been kind enough to invite me to their high level gathering, the 21st Economic Forum in Krynica Zdroj, Poland, from September 7 -9, 2011. Previously, the organizers at the Eastern Partnership invited me to speak and moderate at their Energy Forum that occurred last November. In September, I’ll be on the panel discussion about the post-Fukushima era in the Central European region. At this point, I think I will concentrate on assessing the investment/political risk environment in the CEE region and how this will influence the roll-out of the next generation of large scale energy systems. The root of my talk lies in two studies. One, the assessment of the post-privatization of electricity distribution companies in three countries and, two, an article on the identification of contractual
risks and risk regimes that influence short and long term energy investments in the EU during the push for a post-carbon world. This is based on an EU FP7 research project that is now being completed.
The other engagement, that I’m equally humbled to accept, is the ”EU-US Summit on Science, Technology and Sustainable Economic Growth.’ I’ll be one of two keynote speakers. This will be September 29th, in Brussels and hosted by the European Commission. The background to the summit, and the events surrounding it, can be found here. As the page for the 2010 launch of the program explains,
With support from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the European Commission, the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are coordinating a year-long dialogue between the U.S. and the EU on science, technology, innovation, and sustainable economic growth (STISEG). The purpose is to enhance our understanding of the ways in which science, technology, and innovation affect sustainable economic growth, to identify impediments to the flow of science from the “bench” to applications; and to explore policy options that might enhance the impact of science on economic activity and societal needs.
This is really a surprise and honor, as it comes out of the EU FP7 PACT project that I’ve been working on for a few years now. I’ll be presenting the results from the portion of the project that asked stakeholders how to make the transition happen. Some of this is incorporated into my article for Energy Policy (still in progress). My presentation will draw on how the transition process is perceived to be taking place in the EU and the risk governance structure.
So, if you are in town for either of these events, stop in, not to just to see me, but to see some really fine speakers and a high level of engaging dialogue about the future of the EU’s (and US) transition to a more sustainable and integrated energy system.