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.

Since 2013 I´ve been chair of the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council, appointed by Mayor Park Won-Soon to assist the Seoul Municipal Government with their visionary project entitled One Less Nuclear Power Plant. The initial objective of the project was to reduce the ´import' of fuel and electricity into Seoul by the equivalent of a 1GW nuclear plant. It hit its target six months ahead of time. It is now in phase two, which has just published a book-length commentary called Reframing Urban Energy Policy: Challenges and Opportunities in the City Seoul, a goldmine of practical policies and measures. I wrote the preface to the book, which I called ¨Urban Challenge, Urban Opportunity¨.

On 31 January 2018 I gave a keynote at the Irish Renewable Energy Summit in Dublin, on ¨The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy¨. On 15 November 2017 I spoke at a Chatham House briefing on the same topic. You can listen to the entire briefing here. The topic is rising rapidly up the agenda.

The Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy at Chatham House has now published my paper on ´Redefining Electric Resources´, to follow my previous papers on ´The Electric Power Struggle´ and ´Non-tradeable resources and the global electricity transition´, the latter on the Chatham House website resourcetrade.earth. All three 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.

On 6 February I gave a seminar about the book at the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, and returned to the theme on 13 August, addressing students from the Indian NTPC School of Business.

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