Upcoming Events

Monday, October 16, 2017

Resilience Week with the Global Sustainability & Resilience Program

The Wilson Center’s Global Sustainability and Resilience Program is honored to host the 2017 Resilience Academy Capstone Conference in cooperation with the Munich Re Foundation, UN University-Institute for Environment and Human Security, and International Centre for Climate Change and Development. You are invited to the three public sessions of the Academy, covering the many ways in which resilience is vital for communities around the world.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

National Bioenergy Day 2017

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will celebrate National Bioenergy Day by hosting a bioenergy exhibit and displaying posters in the DOE’s Forrestal building in downtown Washington, D.C., and in DOE’s Germantown, Maryland location.

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Conversation with Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz – Why the U.S. Needs a Robust Nuclear Power

How does the domestic nuclear energy industry contribute to America’s security? Join us as former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz sits down with BPC President Jason Grumet to discuss the vital role U.S. nuclear energy plays in achieving national security objectives. The conversation will highlight the key takeaways from The U.S. Nuclear Energy Enterprise: A Key National Security Enabler, a report issued by Sec. Moniz’s new Energy Futures Initiative.

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DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook

The DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook provides a balanced forecast of our energy future through to 2050 and draws on DNV GL’s independence and its broad involvement across the entire supply chain, spanning complex offshore infrastructure, onshore oil & gas installations, large-scale wind, solar and energy efficiency projects and the world’s most advanced electricity transmission and distribution grids. The report forecasts energy demand and supply globally, and in 10 world regions.

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Corporate Role in the Environmental Protection Enterprise

Should environmental governance move away from a top-down, law enforcement model to an “environmental protection enterprise” in which the states and federal government, the private sector, and the public all play key roles? These are among the questions that will be considered at ELI’s 2017 Corporate Forum.

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Electric Vehicles – Prospects in the U.S., Europe & Asia

What about the environmental impacts of increased electricity demand? Is battery technology improving sufficiently to increase driving range? Will recharging infrastructure be expanded adequately to service more vehicles? These and other questions will be discussed by our speakers.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Addressing Climate Risks to Hydro Power: Planning for Resilient Power Systems

This event is part of the monthly USAID Adaptation Community Meetings. For more information and to stay up-to-date on similar events, please visit the event description on Climatelinks and sign up to receive event updates. A live webinar of the event will be available; details for accessing the webinar will be posted on Climatelinks closer to the event.

Hydropower is growing rapidly worldwide as a clean and renewable energy source that helps countries enhance energy security and curb greenhouse gas emissions, depending on location.

The benefits of hydropower are especially salient for smaller-scale hydro, given its smaller environmental and social footprint. New financial instruments, such as green bonds and payments for water services, along with engagement from multilateral agencies also make smaller-scale hydropower investment more attractive and feasible. But what does a changing climate mean for hydropower?


Changing rainfall patterns, rising temperature, more frequent or intense droughts and extreme weather events, glacier and snow-pack melt, sea level rise and resulting flooding all affect hydroelectricity generation capacity. Unless these risks are addressed, the intended hydropower benefits of improving energy access and security while reducing emissions relative to other power sources, may fall short. This is particularly true if electricity grids must turn to traditional, carbon-intensive energy sources, such as coal-fired plants, when hydropower becomes constrained.


Based on a recently released paper developed by the USAID-funded Resources to Advance LEDS Implementation (RALI) project, this presentation will highlight 1) how climate change can affect power generation resources, particularly hydropower resources; and 2) an approach that can be taken to address climate change risks, both at the project and sector level, to improve power system resilience and enhance energy security.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Molly Hellmuth is the focal point on water and Africa for ICF’s Climate Adaptation and Resilience team. She has 20 years of experience developing climate risk management strategies, tools, and guidelines for various clients, including USAID, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Western Electric Coordinating Council, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), amongst others. Dr. Hellmuth leads the work on integrating climate resilience into power systems planning under USAID’s Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning projects in Ghana and Tanzania. She is also developing a climate change risk screening tool application for hydropower facilities in the Lower Mekong River Basin, with support from DOE.

Photo Credit:

Paul Stewart. The Benmore Dam, New Zealand. May 2017.

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Conference on Vehicle Efficiency & Electricity Regulation

This panel will discuss the changes underway in the electric power sector with an eye toward past periods of reform and change and lessons that can be drawn from those experiences. The panel will also address some of the major issues facing the sector today and posit some views on what to be done about them.

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Improving Resilience through Microgrids and Battery Storage

The utilization of microgrids plus battery storage is seen increasingly by public and private organizations as the wave of the future to help ensure energy reliability and security in the age of intense hurricanes and cyber security threats.

The event, which will take place at the Edison Electric Institute, will include speakers and topics that include: technology that supports the utility/microgrid interface, tools for developers to assess microgrid viability based on existing infrastructure and regulations, how local governments in the DMV are working with private companies to make microgrid development financially feasible, and how our regional Department of Defense installations are including microgrids as part of their energy security systems.

Speakers:  Dr. John Caldwell, Edison Electric Institute; Bracken Hendricks, Urban Ingenuity; Robert Hughes, U.S. Air Force; Brendan Owens, PEER/USGBC; John Surash, U.S. Army; Dan Ton, US DOE Smart Grid R&D;  Michael Yambrach, Montgomery County, Maryland

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Green Drinks DC + Cultivate the City Happy Hour @ Steel Plate

Join Green Drinks DC and Cultivate the City for happy hour at Steel Plate. Snack on light appetizers from Cultivate the City’s on-site garden and sip on happy hour specials all night. There will also be tours of the garden!

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