Globally, energy systems are experiencing rapid changes and the landscape of energy no longer favors coal. In 2013, the World Bank pledged to stop loaning money for new coal energy projects, unless no financially feasible alternatives exist. However, in Kosovo a proposed coal-fired power plant has been under discussion for more than a decade. In this talk, Noah Kittner will discuss the changing cost of alternative energy options available in Kosovo for new energy infrastructure. He will then highlight the public health challenges and myth of “clean” coal technologies touted by major development banks and private corporations seeking to finance new coal systems abroad. Finally, Kittner will examine emerging energy storage technologies that enable rapid transitions toward clean energy systems with a two-factor model of innovation and deployment used to forecast the future cost of and performance of battery storage technologies. He uses this opportunity to discuss the plans, designs, and future management of cost-effective, sustainable, and healthy electricity systems in Kosovo and for other economies in transition.
Speaker: Noah Kittner, UC Berkeley
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