Workshop: 10 Big Ideas in Energy – What Everyone Needs to Know

Speaker: Prof. Adonis Yatchew

Date: Sunday 6 June 17:00 - 22:00 (CEST) / 11:00am - 4:00pm (EDT) / 00:00 - 05:00 (Tokyo Time)

Price: 50€ (IAEE member) and 75€ (non-IAEE member)

Description: We are in the midst of an historic global energy transition.  How does a layperson begin to develop an understanding of the decisions that continue to shape our economies, the environment and geopolitics?  Where does an instructor begin when teaching a basic course on energy? These tasks are even more daunting in today's era of fake news, changing political norms and of course, Covid-19.

This workshop assembles '10 Big Ideas' that are foundational to appreciating the complexities of today's energy issues. Drawing on economics, politics and geopolitics, history and the applied sciences, the workshop outlines a series of simple cross-disciplinary narratives which provide a basis for thinking about these energy challenges.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will consider and evaluate 10 big ideas on energy which form the core of this workshop. The ideas are useful in considering such questions as:

  • How do long-term political forces and trends affect energy policy and regulation?
  • How does one think about the proper role of government in energy markets?
  • What kinds of incentives are effective in driving innovation?
  • How can history inform our understanding of energy transitions and their consequences?
  • How is Covid-19 likely to affect the transition? 

Participants will also have the opportunity to propose and discuss other ideas which they consider to be critical.

Target Audience: The workshop should be of interest to young energy professionals, academics teaching courses in energy economics and related fields, individuals working in regulatory and policy environments, and those who want to refresh their understanding of key energy ideas. Members of the business community who would benefit from a 'big picture' approach might also wish to attend.