Lecture – Mass Beneficial Electrification: The Challenge Ahead
Time is running out for bold unequivocal action to address the climate crisis. The principal technical solution is beneficial electrification – replacing almost all fossil-fueled devices with their ultra-efficient electric counterparts.
This talk explores aspects of a national mass electrification project, including the required timeline, scale and technology – and discusses related policy changes and financial mechanisms. The Bay Area is home to several ground-breaking initiatives in this arena. What are they, and how can your individual actions contribute to solving the climate crisis?
About the Speaker:
Bruce Hodge is an environmental activist, fine art photographer, and computer scientist. Bruce counts himself as a life-long environmentalist, with his first concerns about climate change surfacing in about 1985. Since about 2006, Bruce has concentrated on getting Palo Alto to demonstrate climate leadership and enact cutting-edge environmental policies. He founded Carbon Free Palo Alto in 2011 and played a crucial role in convincing the City of Palo Alto to provide carbon neutral electricity to all customers. Since then, he’s worked to keep Palo Alto in the vanguard of cities striving to implement a low-carbon energy future by focusing on strategies such as community solar and environmentally beneficial electrification. He’s spent most of his computer science career at Adobe Systems, where he currently works on a team that writes drawing apps for iPads and iPhones. As a photographer he attempts to use the form, texture, and colors of the landscape to make photographs that are often abstract or not easily recognizable. Bruce holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Georgia.