New Energy Economy Summer Series

Wind turbineIn response to the needs and desires of local public agencies and energy organizations, CPS Adjunct Assistant Professor Jeff Hammarlund is coordinating with other faculty and industry experts to offer a series of two- and three-day workshops over the summer focused on what we are calling the “New Energy Economy.” Workshops will focus on using a systems approach to analyzing and understanding the complexities of the electric energy system; new and evolving business models for the energy industry; climate change and its effect on business as well as policy; project and program management for energy efficiency professionals; and the smart grid and sustainable energy systems.

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Dissolving Complex Problems in the New Energy Economy

Dates:  July 11-12
Instructors:  Pamela Morgan and Beatrice Benne

THE ELECTRIC ENERGY SYSTEM HAS EVOLVED OVERTIME TO BECOME INCREASINGLY COMPLEX.   This system now faces undesirable problems that interact with one another to create “messes.” Resolving these messes requires a system approach.  A system approach allows stakeholders in an electric energy system to explore messes through a cross-organizational learning process whose goal is to help participants perceive undesirable trends in the system; visualize the system structure generating those trends; formulate questions that enable authentic and deep inquiry into assumptions and beliefs; collaboratively create powerful shared visions and desired outcomes that escape “either-or” dilemmas; and identify strategies for systemic changes that have a greater likelihood of producing the desired outcomes over time.


Green Inc.: Business Models for the New Energy Economy

Dates:  July 13-15
Instructor:  Jim Thayer

YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S BORING ENERGY SECTOR IS NO MORE! A wide range of new energy generators, marketers, energy efficiency services, renewable energy providers, aggregators, ancillary services and non-profit organizations now dominate the emerging energy marketplace.  Each of these new providers or managers of energy have a unique mission and use different tools and measure results in diverse and often conflicting ways.  Learn to understand the diverse perspectives of these entities, to interpret their results and to collaborate effectively with them.


Comprehending the Climate Conundrum

Dates:  July 25-27
Instructor:  Michael Burnett

BUSINESS AS USUAL IS NOT CLIMATE AS USUAL!  Organizations and individuals ignore climate change at their own peril.  Climate change is the key driver behind the shift to the “New Energy Economy.”  Climate science, economics, solutions, and politics all have profound implications for competitiveness and success as we face what has been called the greatest business challenge of our time.  Science tells us that  a business as usual approach leads to great disruptions of our climate system, natural ecosystems, our economy, and global political stability.  Yet the US has failed to enact comprehensive climate legislation.  This course puts this conundrum – and climate change – in meaningful perspective.


Riding the Waves of Change: Project Management and the New Energy Economy

Dates: August 10-12
Instructors:  Dr. Marcus Ingle and Jim Thayer

PROGRAM MANAGEMENT  IS AN INCREASINGLY VITAL SKILL SET FOR ASPIRING ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROFESSIONALS.  One core competency that public, non-profit and private energy management organizations are all looking for in job applications is “demonstrated management skills for designing, executing and monitoring new energy programs for high returns on investment and stakeholder benefits.”


The Smart Grid and Sustainable Energy Systems

Dates:  September 14-16
Instructors:  Jeffrey Hammarlund and Michael Jung

THE NORTHWEST POWER SYSTEM HAS FACED MANY CHALLENGES. The latest: How to integrate the dramatic increases in wind-generated electricity into a regional power system whose flexibility is limited by competing demands.  Many regional energy experts now view the Smart Grid as a potentially important component of a more comprehensive regional strategy to support the integration of wind and other renewable resource options. Its advocates argue that it can also support demand response, distributed generation, and energy storage strategies, provide load-balancing services, support grid stabilization, and empower consumers to partner with utilities in new and innovative ways.  However, the Smart Grid is far form a panacea; we will also explore its limitations and key objections.

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