Date: February 16, 2012
Time: 3:30 PM -
Location: Computer Science 104
Dr. Peter Evans, GE Energy’s Director of Global Strategy and Planning, will speak on “The Future of Energy” on Thursday, February 16, 2012 in the Computer Science Building, Room 104. Attendees are invited to attend a brief reception with the speaker and other GE visitors at 3:30 PM (refreshments will be served), followed by the seminar at 4:00 PM. Dr. Evans will give a brief overview of GE Energy and then discuss three key trends that will shape the future of the energy industry: unconventional gas deposits, the energy-water nexus, and the penetration of digital technologies into energy markets. He will also share some of the uncertainties surrounding each trend, and include examples of how GE is positioning itself to respond.
Peter C. Evans leads the Global Strategy and Planning team at GE Energy, which is responsible for tracking and analyzing political, economic and regulatory policy trends around the world and the related implications for GE Energy’s long-term strategy. He oversees the Carbon, Fuels, Policy, Economics and Strategic Workforce Planning Centers of Excellence as well as scenario planning projects for the business. Prior to joining GE, he was Director, Global Oil, and Research Director of the Global Energy Forum at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA). He also worked as an independent consultant for a variety of corporate and government clients, including Rio Tinto, American Superconductor Corporation, US Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, US Department of Energy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank.
Dr. Evans has extensive international energy experience, including two years as a Visiting Scholar at the Central Research Institute for the Electric Power Industry in Tokyo, Japan. His many articles and policy monographs include Japan: Bracing for an Uncertain Energy Future (Brookings Institution, 2006), Liberalizing Global Trade in Energy Services (AEI Press, 2002), and “International Conflict and Cooperation in Government Export Financing” (Institute for International Economics, 2001). He also co-authored CERA’s global energy scenario study “Dawn of a New Age: The Energy Future to 2030”. Dr. Evans holds a BA in Government and Public Policy from Hampshire College, an M.C.P. in Economic Development and Regional Planning from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT.