Confronting Climate Change: the Implications for the Future of Electric Power

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Manuel's Tavern

602 N. Highland Ave NE · Atlanta, GA

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We'll be in the back bar dining area, to the right as you enter Manuel's from N. Highland.

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- This event is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern.
- Dinner starts at 7:00 pm.
- The evening's presentation begins around 7:45.
- Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
- The capacity of the venue is 120 people.
- We expect a turnout of around 60% of day-of RSVPs.
- Refer to our Open Seating Policy ( for details.
- There is a $3 contribution requested from non-students.

Confronting Climate Change: the Implications for the Future of Electric Power

Marilyn Brown, Brook Byers Professor of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology.

Global climate change means that the energy resources and technologies used in the past to generate electricity need to be transformed. The South can take pride in the fact that it has never been exposed to the large-scale disruptions and blackouts that other parts of the national system have experienced. But by acting cautiously, our region has extended the time line of the clean energy transition. Finally, renewables and energy efficiency are progressing rapidly in parts of the South, and we are home to the only new nuclear plants currently under construction. How will this transition finally play out?

About our speaker
Marilyn Brown is the Brook Byers Professor of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology where her research focuses on the design and impact of policies aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies, with an emphasis on the electric utility industry, climate adaptation, and the integration of energy efficiency, demand response, and solar resources.

Among her honors and awards, she is a Presidential appointee to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for co-authorship of the report on Mitigation of Climate Change, she has served on six committees of the National Academies of Sciences, and she currently serves on the DOE Electricity Advisory Committee.

Before coming to Georgia Tech, Marilyn held leadership positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She has authored more than 250 publications and several books including Climate Change and Global Energy Security (MIT Press, 2011).