Huxley Speaker Series 2/9: Jim Lazar on the Transition to Renewable Energy

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Posted: Friday, February 3, 2017 - 3:30pm

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

Location: Miller 138

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Jim Lazar, a graduate of Huxley College, will deliver his talk, "Teaching the Duck to Fly:  Ten Strategies to Enable A High Reliance on Wind and Solar Energy for Electricity,"  at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In recent years, wind and solar energy have become the least expensive resource options to meet the country’s electricity needs, but these resources are “variable” meaning they do not always produce electricity at predictable levels. Jim Lazar will discuss a set of strategies that enable us to adapt our usage to the availability of these low-cost renewable energy resources and ultimately move us towards a renewable energy future. 

Jim Lazar is a 1974 graduate of WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment. Since 1982, he has been a consultant to state and federal agencies, electric and natural gas utilities, and public interest groups involved in utility regulation.  He is the author of eleven handbooks on utility regulation, including Electricity Regulation in the U.S., A Guide, and Recognizing the Full Value of Energy Efficiency. 

The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate. For more information, please contact WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2554