Disruptive Energy Futures | Amory Lovins
A global revolution is transforming the energy system as insurgents displace incumbents. Whole-system “integrative design” makes the energy efficiency resource severalfold bigger than normally assumed, yet less costly. Modern renewables and their grid integration robustly outcompete fossil-fueled or nuclear power generation. Combined, these resources can make ambitious climate protection not costly but profitable, often with increasing returns, saving immense investments. The tradeoffs and discount-rate dependencies analyzed for the past few decades do not actually exist. Instead, disruptive designs, technologies, and business models are changing the competitive landscape beyond recognition, merging Edison’s electric industry with Ford’s automaking to devour Rockefeller’s oil industry. Such transformations will let communities build a durable, deflationary, resilient economy where wild price swings and major supply failures are nearly impossible.
Amory Lovins, a physicist and cofounder of RMI, a worldwide consultant, and a designer of superefficient buildings, vehicles, equipment, and factories.
Physicist Amory Lovins is cofounder of RMI, author of 31 books and 800 papers, a 49-year worldwide consultant, and a designer of superefficient buildings, vehicles, equipment, and factories. He received 12 honorary doctorates and many top global energy and environmental awards. A former Oxford don, honorary US architect, and Swedish engineering academician, he has taught at ten universities and is currently Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford. In 2009, Time named him one of the world’s 100 most influential people, and Foreign Policy, one of the 100 top global thinkers.
Professor Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Co-Director of the India Observatory and Chair, Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics