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. The February-March 2016 issue of the Chatham House monthly The World Today published my article on 'The Burning Issue', a concise summary of the central theme of Electricity Vs Fire.

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.

I joined Chatham House as an associate fellow in 1991. My CH colleagues pointed out that 2016 was therefore my 25th anniversary at CH. On 19 September they organlzed a celebration for me, at which I gave a presentation I called ´House of Stories´. It surveys my time at CH, comments on my worldview and concludes with a foretaste of what I hope will be my next book.

The September 2016 issue of Modern Power Systems includes my article asking ¨The utility model - has it outlived its usefulness?¨. The June 2017 issue includes my article asking ¨Are you ready for the microgrid revolution?¨.

On 29 June 2017 at the Energy Risk conference in London I gave the closing keynote address, entitled ¨Playing With Fire: Will Your Business Model Go Up In Flames?¨ .

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