Walt Patterson On Energy

Recent work

My current project for Chatham House and the Sussex Energy Group, analyses 'Managing Energy: Rethinking The Fundamentals'. A series of Working Papers - WP1, 'Managing Energy Wrong', WP2, 'Managing Energy Data', and WP3, 'Managing Energy Technology' - challenges the conventional view of energy in society, and proposes a more promising vision. They have led to an ever more radical perspective. A working paper published in November 2013, Beyond The Fire Age, offers a preview of my latest book, entitled Electricity Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future, to be published online later this spring. So 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.

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

Notes recently found in my files, for a lecture I gave at Cambridge Energy Summer School in 1979, entitled 'Energy and Purpose', show just how far back go the roots of my current research and writing. 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.

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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