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Douglas J. Arent: New Directions in Strategic Energy Analysis (Energy Seminar)

November 5, 2018 - 4:30pm to 5:20pm
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

Free and open to all.

Event Sponsor: 
Precourt Institute for Energy
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Digitalization, data sets, computing, technology, analytics are all rapidly advancing. Our energy analytics approach and collective tool kit of models and capabilities has advanced considerably over the past decades.   Today, we are at yet another precipice of change, with exponential increases in data availability, advanced analytics (including AI/ML/NNs), and scalable computing power. The presentation will highlight new and emerging capabilities that offer us new, unprecedented capabilities for robust insights for scientific research, energy economics, planning, infrastructure and related decisions.

Speaker Biography:

Doug Arent is Deputy Associate Lab Director, Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). As Deputy, Doug Arent supports integrating the Scientific Computing and Energy Analysis (SCEA) directorate’s cross-cutting technical capabilities and will bolster the strategic positioning and growth of the entire laboratory.

Arent is Sr. Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, serves on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Steering Committee on Social Science and the Alternative Energy Future, is a member of the National Research Council Committee to Advise to U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and is a Member of the Keystone Energy Board. Arent is the Editor in Chief for Renewable Energy Focus and is Associate Editor for the journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. Arent serves on the World Economic Forum Future of Electricity Working Group and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the journal Energy Policy and for Energy Academy Europe.

Arent was a Coordinating Lead Author for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has been a member of Policy Subcommittee of the National Petroleum Council Study on Prudent Development of North America Natural Gas and Oil Resources, served from 2008 to 2010 on the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change, and served on the Executive Council of the U.S. Association of Energy Economists.

His research interests are centered in energy and sustainability, where he has been active for more than 30 years. He has published extensively on topics of clean energy, renewable energy, power systems, natural gas, and the intersection of science and public policy. Arent has a Ph.D. from Princeton University, an MBA from Regis University, and a Bachelor's of Science from Harvey Mudd College in California.

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