Future of energy-systems talk at Western today

Jennie Stephens, professor of sustainability science and policy at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, will discuss energy systems transition today at Western Washington University.

The presentation, at 4 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 9, in Communications Facility 120 on Western’s campus, is free and open to the public. It’s part of the Huxley Speaker Series, sponsored by Western’s Huxley College of the Environment. It is also part of the Alaska Airlines Speaker Series.

Stephens will discuss two emerging energy technologies–smart grid technology and carbon capture and storage technology. Smart grid technology refers to efficiency improvements to the electrical grid using digital communication systems that can monitor and react to local changes in energy use.

Carbon capture and storage technology is a plan to retrofit power plants with technology that captures carbon dioxide, so it can be stored underground.

The presentation will include a question-and-answer session.

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