Walt Patterson On Energy

Recent work



My work in recent years has centred on my long-running project for Chatham House and the Sussex Energy Group, that I call 'Managing Energy: Rethinking The Fundamentals'. You can find the latest distillation of this thinking in my book Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future, available as a free download here. If you prefer, you can still order the paperback of Electricity Vs Fire, just £5.00 from Amazon UK or $7.50 from Amazon US, plus shipping, and similar prices from Amazon worldwide. If you enjoy Electricity Vs Fire do please spread the word about it, perhaps review it on Amazon or indeed elsewhere, and let your friends know about it - particularly friends who find 'energy' and 'climate' boring. ('Energy' appears only halfway through the book, briefly, 'climate' not at all.) Indeed I'd also be pleased to hear from you. This work is continuing, and I greatly appreciate your interest.

The Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy at Chatham House has published my paper entitled 'What Electric Business?'. It follows on from my previous papers on 'Redefining Electric Resources', 'The Electric Power Struggle' and 'Non-tradeable resources and the global electricity transition', the latter on the Chatham House website resourcetrade.earth. All four publications are what I call working papers, in preparation for what I hope will be my next book. Its provisional title is Living Cool: Taking The Heat Out Of What We Do. You can see a preview of the new book here.

Just before we realized the full impact of covid-19, I gave a seminar 28 January 2020 at the Sussex Energy Group and 27 February at Chatham House . As an update on the new book I called the presentation Living Cool: A New Story. As the world battles covid-19 I am now immersed in a deep reassessment of the analysis underlying Living Cool. I still think it's valid, but its implications are now dramatically different.

As we grappled with Covid-19, the Chatham House monthly The World Today published my piece entitled 'Out of the ashes, a new world'.

I've written for the glossy trade monthly Modern Power Systems for more than two decades. This year is its fortieth anniversary, and the editor asked me to contribute a retrospective-prospective piece for the anniversary issue - a capsule survey of the electricity transition past and future: From fire to fire-free electricity.



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