The United Nations has a goal of achieving universal access to clean energy by 2030. With less than a decade remaining, and with the pandemic is this goal still achievable? How will the world and the energy systems look like post-COVID19? How are customer needs as well as business and regulatory models going to evolve in this ever-changing energy sector? What research will be needed to adapt and redesign the energy system moving forward to meet the demand of a different kind of society that is emerging?
Dr Lawrence Jones, award winning industry leader and practitioner, Vice President of the International Programs at the Edison Electric Institute (Washington DC) and Honorary Industry Fellow at the Monash Energy Institute, explored questions related to the impact of Covid19 on energy systems and energy access globally, the economics of the energy transition and how to ensure that the transition worldwide is just. He also discussed how to manage global risks within the energy transition period, e.g. future pandemic, geopolitical, economic, growing trust deficit in society, supply chain, and the lag in technological adoption.
"We must think beyond our legacy mental models. Even if there is a vaccine, there will still be challenges to how we do things going forward. New realities are coming. Many of our old assumptions have to be reexamined. How we design and measure smart, liveable, sustainable cities will need to take into consideration the problems facing the electricity as well as other interdependent sectors. The energy innovations need more than ever to be considered through the eyes of the customers and other stakeholders, by understanding new behaviors and expectations".
A/Professor Ariel Liebman Director Monash Energy Institute, Co-Director of the Monash Grid Innovation Hub, Lead - RACE for Networks, RACE for 2030 CRC
Associate Professor Ariel Liebman has over 22 years’ experience in energy research and industry practice. Since joining the Faculty of Information Technology in 2012, Ariel has developed sustainable energy research programs with colleagues across Monash, including within Engineering and the Monash Business School. Ariel brings together researchers from across disciplines to identify ways to optimally integrate new and renewable technologies into smart grids, microgrids and large-scale energy systems. Ariel co-architected the Microgrid/Net Zero Initiative and lead researcher in the $3 mil ARENA funded Smart Energy City. He founded the Monash Grid Innovation Hub. Most recently, Ariel is leading the RACE for Networks, one of the 4 programs in the $300m Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 CRC (RACE for 2030), involving over 90 partners. Read more
Meet the speaker
Dr Lawrence Jones Vice President, International Programs, Edison Electric Institute (Washington DC), Honorary Industry Fellow at the Monash Energy Institute, Monash University
Dr Lawrence Jones has over twenty-five years’ experience in the energy industry. He joined Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in Sept. 2015. Under his leadership, EEI’s International Programs has more than 65-member companies with operations in over 90 countries and has launched several new strategic initiatives including the annual Global Electricity Forum, the Africa Utility Power Sector Exchange, and the Thomas Edison International Utility Executive Fellowship Program. Prior to joining EEI, Dr. Jones was North America Vice President for Utility Innovation & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid Inc., where he assisted utilities worldwide with formulating strategies for deploying new technology innovated business solutions. He is Senior Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Boston University, and a Senior Associate (non-Resident) with the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Read more