SMEA Candidate Seminar: Duane on "Dimensions of Greening the Grid"

Start Date/Time: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 12:30 PM
Ending Date/Time: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 1:30 PM
Location: Foege Auditorium (S 060 Genome Sciences Building)

School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) Candidate Seminar: Timothy P. Duane

Seminar Title: "Dimensions of Greening the Grid"
Speaker: Timothy P. Duane, Ph.D., JD, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, UCSC; Associate Professor of Law, Vermont Law School; Visiting Professor of Law, Seattle University.

Candidate for Associate/Full Professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment, School of Marine & Environmental Affairs

Electricity generation accounts for 41% and the transportation sector accounts for 33% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil-fuel combustion in the United States. These two sectors therefore account for three-fourths of all U.S. CO2 emissions. Any U.S. strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions therefore requires a serious reduction in GHG emission from the electricity sector. This is especially important to the extent that increased electrification of the transportation sector is pursued as a strategy for reducing either GHG or other air pollutants in that sector. This presentation explores the human dimensions of “greening the grid,” which has been advanced as a central strategy in Europe and the U.S. for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector. It describes the primary institutional fora and policy tools that will affect the electricity sector’s response to climate change, as well as the social, economic, cultural, and political obstacles that may impede an economically efficient and environmentally responsible response. In particular, this presentation demonstrates that careful consideration of the human dimensions of greening the grid is necessary in order to develop the integrated regulatory approach that is required to encourage significant investment in energy efficiency, renewable generation, and new transmission lines. Scholarship on the human dimensions of greening the grid must consider local, state, federal, tribal, and international legal institutions as critical components of the broader social processes driving collective and individual behavior affecting policy implementation. Focusing on only the engineering and economics of greening the grid fails to account adequately for the complex social processes driving adoption of new energy technologies. Illustrations from both California and the Pacific Northwest illustrate this lesson.

Tim Duane is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School; and Visiting Professor of Law at Seattle University. He previously served as Assistant (1991-1999) and Associate (1999-2009) Professor of Energy and Resources, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Duane holds a J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, a Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Planning from the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, and M.S. and A.B. degrees from Stanford.

Prof. Duane teaches, consults, and conducts research on a wide range of energy, land use, environmental, and natural resources policy, planning, law, and management problems. He has extensive consulting experience in the electric utility sector, with a client list that includes utilities, independent power producers, environmental advocacy groups, and public agencies. His particular expertise is renewable energy generation regulatory policy.

Prof. Duane is also one of the world’s leading experts on land use and ecosystem management in the west. He has taught land use and environmental planning and policy at Berkeley; land use regulation, advanced land use, and administrative law at Vermont Law School; and renewable energy law and policy as well as legislation and regulation at Seattle University. He is the Secretary of the executive committee of the Environmental Section of the Association of American Law Schools.

Prof. Duane has supervised research, consulted with, and/or traveled to roughly forty countries and has consulted with national, state, and local governments as well as corporations and nongovernmental organizations on a wide range of land use, natural resource, and energy issues.