Outlook on the U.S. Energy Transition

Malaysian Theatre
Melbourne School of Design
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010

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Caitlin McGrane

caitlin.mcgrane@unimelb.edu.au

T: +61 3 9035 9458

This seminar, presented by Dr David Mooney from the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, looks at how we can understand the stakes of energy transition in the United States, including current status and trends. Dr Mooney will explore policy and market frameworks that have encouraged investment in renewable energy, and provide useful takeaways and lessons learned for Australia in implementing strategies for reliably operating the American grid under high-penetration wind and solar scenarios.

The seminar will run 10-11am, followed by a morning tea where students and researchers are encouraged to continue the discussion.

About the Speaker

Dr. David Mooney
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

David is currently working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory leading NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center.Analysis at NREL aims to increase understanding of the interactions and roles of energy policies, markets, technologies, environmental impacts, economic impacts, and infrastructure in the deployment of clean energy technologies. Prior to his current role, Dave was the Laboratory Program Manager for Solar Technologies, where he was responsible for managing and coordinating NREL’s $70M solar R&D portfolio. While at NREL, Dave also led efforts to identify and address technical issues associated with the large-scale deployment and integration of renewable and efficiency technologies into the existing energy infrastructure. In this role, he led 180 researchers conducting $100M in R&D annually. In these roles, Dave has testified as an expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Energy and Environment as well as before multiple state legislatures.

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