A proposal for an energy security framework

November 30, 2010 - 12:30 - 13:30
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Gellner Room
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Event audience: 
Larry Hughes
CEU organizer(s): 
Jessica Jewell

In the face of increasing energy market volatility affecting both accessibility and affordability, and environmental concerns over continued demand for fossil fuels, the need to improve energy security will be one of the more significant energy challenges facing most jurisdictions this century.  Despite its importance, many people, including politicians, policymakers, and members of the general public have difficulty understanding energy-related issues in general and energy security in particular, despite the growing number of energy-related problems confronting many jurisdictions.

This talk with present a framework and set of methods for that can be used for examining, measuring, and improving the energy security state of a jurisdiction (i.e., any anthropogenic structure, including households, regions, nation states, or supranational bodies).  The framework considers the jurisdiction's energy sources, energy system, and energy services (transportation, heating and cooling, and on-demand electricity).  The framework consists of an energy model that drives a state model to show the possible transitions from the current state to ones that are either more or less secure.