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History vs Energy

History vs Energy

How the history of energy transitions can inform our future

  • What does the history of energy tell us about energy transition?
  • Can we learn from the past or will we repeat the same mistakes?
  • What do people get wrong when trying to extract lessons from the history of energy? 

Co-hosts David, Sara, and Ed are joined by guest, Dr. Petra Dolata, to discuss data on historical transitions, including lessons of de-industrialization in the Ruhr region of Germany. on Season 5, Episode 8 of Energy vs Climate.

History vs Energy Webinar - February 13, 2024


Show Notes:

00:03:19 – Socio-energy systems design: A policy framework for energy transitions

00:05:00 – The 200-year history of mankind's energy transitions

00:07:20 History of Prime Movers and Future Implications 

00:08:34 - Gauging the Role of Energy Substitution in Transitioning to Low-Carbon Economies 

00:12:12 – The Social Dimensions of Energy Transitions

00:14:00 – Histories of Transitions

00:16:35 – Peaking: A Brief History of Select Energy Transitions

00:21:00 – Profitable Solutions to Climate, Oil, and Proliferation

00:25:00 – What we need to know about the pace of decarbonization 

00:35:24 – World History and Energy 

00:40:07 – The Future Role of Coal: International Market Realities vs Climate Protection?

00:47:10 – The Energy Transition Is a Technological Revolution — with a Deadline

00:51:00 – Three sides to every story: Gender perspectives in energy transition pathways in Canada, Kenya and Spain

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About your co-hosts:

Petra Dolada is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary. A former Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the History of Energy, who held previous academic positions at the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany and at Kings College London in the UK, her research examines the 1970s energy crises, transatlantic energy relations and the historical connections between deindustrialization and energy transitions. She is the co-convenor of the Energy In Society working group at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities.

David Keith is Professor and Founding Faculty Director, Climate Systems Engineering Initiative at the University of Chicago. He is the founder of Carbon Engineering and was formerly a professor at Harvard University and the University of Calgary. He splits his time between Canmore and Chicago.

Sara Hastings-Simon studies energy transitions at the intersection of policy, business, and technology. She’s a policy wonk, a physicist turned management consultant, and a professor at the University of Calgary and Director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development.

Ed Whittingham is a clean energy policy/finance professional specializing in renewable electricity generation and transmission, carbon capture, carbon removal and low carbon transportation. He is a Public Policy Forum fellow and formerly the executive director of the Pembina Institute, a national clean energy think tank.