Lecture focuses on the switch to wind, water and solar power

Mark Z. Jacobson

Mark Z. Jacobson

Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Atmosphere Energy Program at Stanford University, lectures at Youngstown State University 7:30 p.m. April 23, as part of the Earth Day 2014 celebration.

The free lecture via Skype will be in Moser Hall Room 2000 on the YSU campus. The talk is titled, “Roadmaps for transitioning all 50 U.S. states to wind, water, and solar power for all purposes.”

Jacobson co-authored a 2009 cover article in Scientific American on how to power the world with renewable energy. He also served on the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy, and he recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to discuss converting the world to clean energy. He is a senior fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and senior fellow of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He received the 2005 American Meteorological Society Henry G. Houghton Award for “significant contributions to modeling aerosol chemistry and to understanding the role of soot and other carbon particles on climate,” the 2013 American Geophysical Union Ascent Award for “his dominating role in the development of models to identify the role of black carbon in climate change,” and the Global Green Policy Design Award for the “design of analysis and policy framework to envision a future powered by renewable energy.”

The lecture focuses on the development of technical and economic plans to convert the energy infrastructure of each of the 50 United States to those powered by 100 percent wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) for all purposes, including electricity, transportation, heating/cooling and industry after energy efficiency measures. The plans call for all new energy and transportation to be clean by 2020, 80 percent conversion of existing infrastructure by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050 through aggressive policy measures and natural transition. Wind and solar resource availability, land areas required, jobs created, changes in energy costs, cost savings from avoided air pollution and global warming, and methods of ensuring reliability of the grid will be discussed. Air pollution reductions alone due to the plans would eliminate a mean of 60,000 premature mortalities in the United States, avoiding costs equivalent to 3.3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product based on statistical cost of life.

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