Walt Patterson On Energy


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My current project for Chatham House and the Sussex Energy Group, is 'Managing Energy: Rethinking The Fundamentals'. After a series of Working Papers challenging the conventional view of energy in society, and proposing a more promising vision, the project has evolved into a book entitled Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future, to be published online later this spring. A working paper entitled 'Beyond The Fire Age', published in November 2013, offers a preview, as does my column in Modern Power Systems, January 2014. In February 2014 at University College London I gave a seminar on the analysis, which you can see here. On 13 May, at the Deloitte annual Energy Conference in Washington DC, developing the analysis further, I asked 'What Should Governments Do About Energy?'. On 24 June, at the Energy Institute conference in London on 'Energy Systems', I called for us to move 'Beyond The Fire Economy', as you can see here.

Twenty-five years ago, in 1990, Friends of the Earth invited me to deliver their John Preedy memorial lecture. In my archives I recently found the text of my lecture, entitled The Energy Alternative. It gives an uncanny early foretaste of my current work.

The Energy Institute, celebrating its centenary, in its glossy monthly Energy World, February 2014, invited me to 'Look Back To Look Forward'.

The latest inexplicable resurgence of enthusiasm for fast breeder reactors prompted me to dust off a report I wrote in 1984, entitled 'Super-Phenix: Ashes To Ashes?'.

With the invaluable help of Josep 'Pep' Puig of the Grup de Cientifics i Tècnics per un Futur No Nuclear in Barcelona, we are now able to offer Spanish readers a download of the first edition of my book Nuclear Power in Spanish.

My most recent book, Keeping The Lights On: Towards Sustainable Electricity, is also available in paperback.

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