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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Wind power in a Carbon-Constrained World: Capacity, Cost and Environmental Impacts

with
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 (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--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