Energy Transitions – How do we power humanity in the future?

Dr. Brad Hayes
Monday, March 15, 2021 · 7:00 pm
Zoom (see abstract)
Hosted by
Marc Bustin

Modern humanity needs energy to survive. Energy networks that support us today are complex, having been built up over decades, and they are foundational to key global challenges such as sustainable development, energy poverty, and climate change. In the coming decades, humanity will transition to more diverse energy sources to support prosperity and address these challenges.


How do we move forward in the Energy Transition? We will examine two competing “Realities” used by people to support their viewpoints. Reality 1 sees measured change largely governed by market forces, while Reality 2 demands urgent change driven by climate crisis concerns. Many people in developed countries identify strongly with one of these Realities, but it’s important to remember that Energy Transition is a global issue, and motivations for change are very different in different parts of the world.


And it’s equally important to realize that aspirations or goals for change need to be supported by pathways to realize that change, showing how we can conceptualize, test, plan, finance, and build new energy sources.


Whatever one’s viewpoint, the pace of Energy Transition will be driven by our ability to create diverse alternative energy sources that are reliable and affordable. Today we’ll have a look at some of the alternatives, highlighting both limitations and the exciting potential of new ideas.

Energy supply controls humanity’s future, and needs to be addressed with clear, critical, balanced thinking and action.




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Speaker's Bio: 

Brad Hayes is President of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., a geoscience consulting firm applying subsurface skills to energy technologies in conventional and unconventional oil and gas, non-petroleum resource exploration, energy storage and geothermal energy. Brad earned a PhD in geology from the University of Alberta, and a BSc from the University of Toronto. He joined PRCL in 1996 after 15 years of exploration experience in the petroleum industry. Brad is a Director for the Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR), and a Past-President of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG). He recently completed a six-year term as Councillor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), and is also registered as a Professional Geoscientist in BC. Brad is an Adjunct Professor in the University of Alberta Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and a sessional lecturer in geology at Mount Royal University. With CSUR, Brad directs the Outreach Program, sharing accurate, unbiased scientific information related to unconventional oil and gas, LNG development and energy transitions