Webinar Green Energy: Successes, Opportunities, Challenges
IEEE Power & Energy Society Technical Webinar Series
Successes, Opportunities, Challenges
June 25, 2014 2:00 pm eastern
Presented by Michael Ahern, WPI
This webinar provides a broad overview of U.S. Green Energy plans and progress. It:
1) Identifies that “Green Energy” is one of several U.S. Energy Policy goals. It provides context by looking at the overall sources and uses of energy.
2) Reviews successes in energy conservation since the 1973 Energy Crisis using facts and figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Includes facts and trends for major types of energy use - transportation, manufacturing and residential.
3) Identifies opportunities for improved efficiency in the generation, delivery and use of electricity. Develops an end-to-end picture of current system efficiency and specific opportunities for improvements.
4) Discusses challenges to increased use of renewable energy. The biofuel “blend wall”, cost concerns, legislative mandates, technology maturity, and operational challenges from intermittent renewable power sources are all explained and discussed.
5) Newer engineers, students, energy policy makers, and energy consumers would benefit from this webinar.
Michael Ahern is the Director of Power Systems at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) where he is responsible for energy related graduate education and training programs.
Ahern began his career in 1978 at United Technologies Corporation. He joined Northeast Utilities (NU) in 1981 and rose through a series of increasingly responsible positions in electric generation, distribution and transmission. He was promoted to vice president of Utility Services in 2005. In this capacity, he was responsible for a variety of operational services including engineering and training. Following his retirement from NU in 2012, Ahern joined WPI in his current capacity.