Will Renewables Renew Democracy?


Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor of the Taubman Building

The Ash Center cordially invites you to join a discussion on the democratic opportunities in renewable energies from a transnational perspective, moderated by Muriel Rouyer, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, HKS, & Professor of Political Science, University of Nantes (France).

4:00-4:30pm: Special welcome and address given by Gerard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States.

4:30-6:00pm: Panel discussion with Karine Dognin-Sauze, Vice-President of Greater Lyon, who will present HIKARI, an innovative project on “positive energy building,” developed jointly by France and Japan; Stephen Pike, Interim CEO of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (“MassCEC”); and Shaun Chapman, Vice President, Policy & Electric Markets at SolarCity. 

This event will start promptly at 4 pm, doors to the Allison Dining Room will open at 3:45 pm.  Refreshments will be available.

This event is cosponsored by the Belfer Center Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Belfer Center Environment and Natural Resources Program

Harvard University Center for the Environment


Climate change is an urgent matter, yet the conversation seems to be contained in international negotiations or in the highly technical energy sector, both inaccessible to most people. Renewable energies are at the epicenter of a green revolution heralded by innovative local governments in conjunction with parts of the corporate and technology sectors. Renewable energies not only represent an immense opportunity for both the Global North and South to cut emissions, but they also have the potential to mobilize a wide range of actors interested in clean energy: every-day citizens who want to pay less and consume wisely; businesses that anticipate the benefits of investing in expanding renewable energy markets; and cities dedicated to “smart government” initiatives creating innovative green solutions to carbon producing economic activities. This panel aims to bring the renewable energy conversation to the people by addressing a number of important questions: What renewable energy policies and practices already exist? Why have some been successful, while others have failed? Who are the primary actors of change? And what opportunities exist for citizens to participate in climate action?

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