power in a Carbon-Constrained World: Capacity, Cost and Environmental
David Keith, University of Calgary
Wind power has come of age, with over 40 gigawatts of global
capacity and annual equipment sales near $10 billion. While
this growth rate is impressive, wind power currently supplies
a trivial fraction of global energy needs.
Professor David Keith works near the interface between climate
science, energy technology, and public policy. He will give
a survey of the technical and economic feasibility of wind
power in a carbon-constrained world, including the technology
of wind turbines and the economics of integrating large-scale
wind power into the electrical grid.
From an environmental standpoint, Professor Keith will offer
his unique perspective on climatic impacts: wind power can
alter local and global climate by extracting kinetic energy
and by modifying turbulent transport in the atmospheric boundary
layer, as well as more familiar issues arising from large-scale
land use. These issues will be discussed, as will their impact
on scientific and policy decision-making.
Professor Keith is a Canada Research Chair in Energy and the
Environment, with cross-appointments to the Departments of
Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Economics at University
of Calgary. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie
Mellon University. Much of his policy work is focused on capture
and storage of CO2. He serves as Chair of a crosscutting group
for a special report on CO2 storage for the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and as member of the National
Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy Science and Technology.
Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC)
DATE: Thursday September 29, 2005 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am