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Register now: Power Talks explore energy decision-making and policy

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies Policy Institute will host Power Talks, a series of virtual talks and events relating to energy decision-making and policy. These events will bring together leading authors, researchers, and technologists with those who are interested in energy to share insights and engage in discussion. All events are free and open to the public. Zoom links will be provided to registrants upon registration within 24 hours of the event. Questions? Contact the CAES Energy Policy Institute: or Cassie Koerner:

Spring 2021 Power Talks

  • Oil and the Oil Industry in an Age of Decarbonization
    Richard Sears, Stanford University, 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 17.

    Sears is adjunct professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, a National Associate of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and a licensed geoscientist. Register for Oil and the Oil Industry here.
  • The New CEQ NEPA Regulations in 2021: Potential Changes and Implications for Energy
    Temple Stoellinger, University of Wyoming, 11:30 a.m. on Mar. 24.

    Sears is an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming where she has a dual appointment with the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the College of Law where she is the Co-Director of the Center for Law and Energy Resources in the Rockies. Register for New CEQ NEPA Regulations here.
  • Planning and Policy across Natural Gas and Power Markets
    Seth BlumsackPennsylvania State University, 11:30 a.m. on Apr. 14.

    Blumsack is professor of energy and environmental economics and international affairs at Pennsylvania State University. His research centers on the electricity and natural gas industries; regulation and deregulation in network industries; network science; risk analysis; and managing complex infrastructure systems. Register for Planning and Policy across Natural Gas and Power Markets here.
  • Public Opinion and Nuclear Power in U.S. History for Defense and Energy Purposes Sarah Robey, Idaho State University 11:30 a.m. on Apr. 28.

    Robey is an assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies in history at Idaho State University. She holds a PhD in history from Temple University with an emphasis on the history of science and technology and nuclear history. Her current book project, “Atomic Americans: Citizens in a Nuclear State,” examines how the threat of nuclear war changed American ideas about participatory democracy, the role of the state, and civic responsibility during the early Cold War (Cornell University Press, forthcoming). Register for Public Opinion and Nuclear Power here.
  • Hydropower in the Northwest: Decisions on Energy Resilience and Salmon with the Lower Snake River Dams, Session 2.0
    Don Sampson, Monica Hubbard, and Kurt Miller, 11:30 a.m. on May 5.

    Sampson is chief of the Walla Walla Tribe, head of the climate change program from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and spokesperson for the Northwest Tribal Salmon Alliance. Hubbard is an assistant professor for Boise State’s Department of Public Policy and Administration. Her research includes water resources, emerging technologies, natural disasters, and energy. Miller is the executive director of Northwest RiverPartners, an organization that focuses on communities served by not-for-profit utilities and other hydropower supporters across the Pacific and Inland Northwest. Register for Hydropower in the Northwest here.
  • Energy Resilience in Idaho: The Dynamics of Energy Planning
    Veronika Vazhnik, 11:30 a.m. on May 19.

    Vazhnik is the CAES Fellow in the first cohort of the Idaho Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program, currently working in the Idaho State Office of Energy and Mineral Resources. Register for Energy Resilience in Idaho here.
  • Looking ahead:
    – Tribal Energy Decision-making and Sustainability
    – Jobs in Energy Transitions