Energy Speaker Series
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02/28/2014 - 2:30pm | Failures of Nuclear Safety and Regulatory Reform in Japan -- The Case of Fukushima. Professor Hideaki Shiroyama, Vice Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
Professor Hideaki Shiroyama, Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Tokyo (Todai), will be visiting Yale on Friday, February 28, 2014, and will give a Special Lecture in the YCEI series on Interdisciplinary Topics in Energy. The lecture will discuss failures of regulatory policy and nuclear safety in Japan, along with proposals for reform, in light of the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which was caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami on March 11, 2011. The visit is being hosted jointly by Yale Climate & Energy Institute and the Todai-Yale Initiative. This initiative was launched in 2007 to bring leading Japanese scholars to Yale to promote Japanese studies in the U.S. and to foster exchanges on topics of common interest. There will be a reception and luncheon before the talk in The Knobloch Environment Center of Kroon Hall starting at 12.15 p.m. Faculty, students or staff interested in attending the luncheon or in meeting with Professor Shiroyama during this visit should contact YCEI senior administrative assistant Cheralyn Gargano (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION TO BURKE AUDITORIUM, KROON HALL*
Brian Marrs is a Senior Analyst in Strategy, Policy, and Sustainability for NRG Energy, the largest competitive power producer in the United States. He holds degrees in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES ‘12). Prior to Yale, Brian worked as a power systems economist for Vattenfall Europe, based out of Berlin, Germany.
Brian addresses how the power industry has experienced more technology and regulatory changes in the past decade than in the previous four and the resulting potential for disruptive new business models.
Johannes Urpelainen is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His talk examines the potential for using renewable sources of energy, notably solar power, to combat energy poverty in India where two-thirds of the population relies on traditional biomass for cooking and one-third does not have access to basic household electricity. His presentation argues that solar power holds a lot of promise for providing deprived rural communities with basic electricity services, but power sector reforms are necessary for the provision of larger, productive loads of power. He also describes an experimental research design for identifying the socio-economic effects of solar power on rural communities in Uttar Pradesh.
Professor Urpelainen’s research focuses on environmental policy and politics, with a particular emphasis on sustainable energy. Among other outlets, his research has been published in The American Journal of Political Science, Global Environmental Change, International Organization, and The Journal of Politics. He is currently conducting experimental field research on solar power in India and preparing a book manuscript on the global political economy of renewable energy.