Date: Tuesday, 12th of December, 2017
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 h
Location: Energy Academy Building (Zernike Campus, Nijenborgh 6) Room: 0291

The energy landscape in the United States is undergoing a rapid transformation. What are the factors shaping the energy landscape of the United States? What is the outlook for the energy transition in the United States under the presidency of Donald Trump? Find answers to these and other questions during a lecture with Dr. Doug Arent, Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

In the U.S. the investments in renewable technologies, such as solar panels and wind turbines are on the rise. The same holds true for natural gas, which has surpassed coal to become the largest source for electricity generation. Together, these transformative trends have contributed to recent reductions in U.S. greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions.

In his presentation, Dr. Arent will reflect on the current state of the energy transition in the U.S. and assess various factors shaping the U.S. energy landscape, ranging from policy changes and technological innovations to changing consumer trends and demands. During the lecture, Dr. Arent will provide the audience with an overview of the rapid transformation of the U.S. power sector, and will assess a potential business case for synergy between natural gas and renewables in the U.S. context.

The Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) seeks to guide the transformation of the global energy economy through comprehensive, transdisciplinary research focused on the nexus of energy, finance, and society. JISEA is operated by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the Colorado School of Mines, the Colorado State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.


Doug Arent is Executive Director of the U.S. Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). His research interests are centered in energy and sustainability, where he has been active for more than 30 years. He has published extensively on topics of clean energy, renewable energy, power systems, natural gas, and the intersection of science and public policy. In addition to his NREL responsibilities, Dr. Arent serves on the World Economic Forum Future of Electricity Working Group. In the past, he was a Coordinating Lead Author of the 5th Assessment Report of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Arent holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and an MBA from Regis University.


It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.