Environmental Awareness 2022

Disruptive Energy Futures: The Economy and Resilient Energy Supplies

Wed Aug 10, 2022
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Most of the energy we use is wasted. Smarter technologies and designs that use energy more efficiently could provide the same or better services with far less energy, money, and risk. Moreover, the fossil fuels that provide most of our energy now generally cost more than the modern renewable supplies that have already taken 95% of the world’s market for net new power-generating capacity. These profound shifts in both demand and supply set the stage for rapid change in almost everything we thought we knew about energy. Oil suppliers have more unsellable than unburnable oil: they are more at risk from competition than from regulation. Electricity suppliers face a swarm of disruptors that will transform their business beyond recognition. And meanwhile, Edison’s electric industry is merging with Ford’s auto industry to eat Rockefeller’s oil industry—while insurgents challenge incumbents in all three of these giant industries. These transformations offer remarkable opportunities for informed citizens in every community to build a durable economy and to make energy supplies resilient, moving catastrophic interruptions of supply shift from inevitable to impossible. Evidence is now emerging in such major economies as China, India, USA, and EU that if based on the lowest-cost and most-deflationary available resources, ambitious global climate protection—and major gains in global energy security—can be not costly but profitable.

Event SPEAKER(S)

Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins

Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus

Rocky Mountain Institute