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Regional Energy Sustainability

Stephen Connors, Director, Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives, MIT Energy Initiative

Systems issues surrounding regional energy sustainability will be the focus of this discussion. Recommendations will be proposed for energy-importing nations to meet climate change and energy security goals simultaneously through aggressive end-use efficiencies, diversification of domestic sources, and modernization of energy networks.

During the discussion of various ways to achieve energy sustainability, energy efficiency will be further defined and energy will be examined in the dimensions of time and space. The systems issues and interrelationships among organizations, operations, and governmental agencies will be clarified, using the concept of a platform framework. Questions of centralization vs. distributed systems will also be addressed. These considerations will ultimately lead to recommendations derived from regional sustainable energy platform constraints, with a direct tie to the results of the MIT Portugal Program for the Azores.

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