Ridgley Lecture: Commercializing Renewable Energy Resources, February 10 – News

Brett Christophers, professor of geography at Uppsala University in Sweden, will present “Taking Renewables to Market: Prospects for the After-Subsidy Energy Transition” for the annual Douglas C. Ridgley Distinguished Geography Lecture at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, through Zoom.

This conference is free and open to the public. To receive the meeting code and password, register here.

Christophers will speak about current changes in the financing and development of renewable energy resources. With the cost of key technologies, such as solar and wind, having fallen dramatically over the past decade, governments are dramatically reducing or even eliminating the subsidies and revenue guarantees that have supported renewable energy development to this point. day.

Christophers will discuss both this growing energy transition challenge and a primary mechanism that renewable energy developers are turning to in an attempt to solve it – the corporate power purchase agreement (PPA). Often crucial for developers to raise funds, PPAs have been widely hailed as reinvigorating a failing energy transition. Christophers will raise political, economic and ecological issues with shifting investment priorities.

A geographer interested in various aspects of Western capitalism, Christophers is based at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University. His recent publications include two books published by Verso, The New Precinct: The Appropriation of Public Lands in Neoliberal Britain and Rentier capitalism: who owns the economy and who pays for it?

Christophers has worked at Uppsala University since 2008. He received his BA from Oxford University in 1993, his MA from the University of British Columbia in 1995 and his PhD from the University of Auckland in 2008.

The Douglas Clay Ridgley Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Geography, Geology and Environment. For more information or special accommodations, please contact Dr. Reecia Orzeck at [email protected]