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,
Energy Alternative. It gives an uncanny early foretaste of my
current work. At Chatham House in 1993 I spoke about
Revolution. In 2000 I told a Uranium Institute symposium in
London about 'Electricity
In Flux', and an ABB colloquium in Interlaken about 'Future
Electricity Systems'. In 2005 my keynote address at York
University in Toronto was on 'The
Electric Challenge: Getting The Story Right', and my lecture
to the London Boroughs Energy Group on 'Getting
Energy Right'. In 2006 my presentation to the Institution of
Electrical Engineers in London was on 'Sustainable
Electricity: Cultural Barriers'; at the Royal Academy of
Engineering in London I declared that 'Energy
Policy Is Infrastructure Policy'. In 2007 I spoke in London,
Stornoway, Belfast and elsewhere, on my book Keeping
The Lights On.
In 2008 at the 'Electric West' conference in Las Vegas I gave a
keynote speech entitled 'Down
with conservation! Forget efficiency!'. At the Global
Business Forum in Banff, Alberta, I argued that we should 'Start
With Electricity'. At the 'Future Power' conference in London
I discussed 'Upgrading
In 2009 I gave the keynote
address at the 'Energy In Transition' conference of the
Institute in London, and spoke on 'Energy
Security and Regulation' at a seminar at the Warwick
Business School. At the Energy Ireland conference in Dublin,
I spoke on 'What
The Future Holds For Energy Users', and at the World Forum on
Energy Regulation in Athens on 'Managing
Energy Wrong: and What Regulators Can Do About It'. For
UK-ISES I gave
the David Hall Memorial Lecture, entitled 'Down
With Fuel!'. You can see a four-part video starting here.
2010 I gave the 'Core Connections' guest lecture at the
University of New
England, on 'Changing
The Way The World Works'. At the Oxford Literary Festival, I
called for 'A
New Energy Story'. To the Electricity
Policy Research Group at Cambridge, I gave a seminar on 'An
Electric Planet?'. At Warwick
Business School I spoke on 'Energy
Policy and Regulation: Future Challenges'. In the opening
plenary of the annual conference of the International
Association for Energy Economics in Rio de Janeiro, I pointed
Real Energy Economics'.
April 2011, at the Chernobyl 25th anniversary conference in
Barcelona, I took a different angle on 'Changing
The Way The World Works'. In
June, at the
Summit in Waterloo, Ontario, I described the 'Electric
Future'. You can download a video (32Mb) - right-click here.
November, at the Conference on the Assessment of Future Energy
Systems in Calgary, Alberta, I discussed 'Making
Electricity Sustainable'. You can see a video here.
November 2012, at
the gala dinner at the Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow
(QUEST) conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, I gave a keynote
In February 2014 at University
College London I gave a seminar entitled Beyond
The Fire Age: What We Do, How We Do It, How We Can Do Better,
on what has since become my latest book, Electricity
Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future.
You can see the seminar here.
May, at the Deloitte annual Energy Conference in Washington DC,
developing the analysis further, I asked 'What
Should Governments Do About Energy?'. In
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.
After publishing Electricity
Vs Fire: The Fight For Our Future
I've been doing my best to publicize it. In
May 2015, at the International
Energy Research Centre conference and workshop in Cork,
Ireland, I spoke on themes from the book - 'Rethink
Energy - Rethink Efficiency' and 'Better
Activity Systems'. In
June I gave a seminar
Vs Fire at
Chatham House. In
June, at the Energy Risk Summit conference in London, I gave the
closing guest address entitled 'Fire
November, at the Seoul International Energy Conference in South
Korea, as chair of Mayor Park's Seoul International Energy
Advisory Council, I gave a keynote address entitled 'Rethinking
Energy: Implementing The Global Future Locally Today'. The
next day at Korea
University I gave a lecture on 'Electricity
Vs Fire'. In
December at University College London I gave a seminar on 'The
Politics of Electricity and Nuclear'.
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?¨ .
On 15 November I spoke at a Chatham House briefing on ¨The Geopolitics of Renewable Energy¨.
You can listen to the entire briefing here.
On 6 February 2018 I gave a seminar at the Sussex Energy Group
at the University of Sussex, about what I hope will be my next book. Its provisional title is Living Cool: Taking The Heat Out Of What We Do. I returned to the theme on 13 August,
addressing students from the Indian NTPC School of Business.
Just before we realized the full impact of covid-19, I gave a seminar 28 January 2020 at the
Sussex Energy Group and 27 February at
Chatham House . As an introduction to what I hope will be my next book I called
the presentation Living Cool: A New Story. As the world battles covid-19 I
am now immersed in a deep reassessment of the analysis underlying Living Cool. I still think it's valid, but its implications are now dramatically different.