Please join us for the year's first meeting! We will be trying out a new venue this month, so please come and share with us your experiences after the meeting, good or bad. We will not be tied down to using this location in the future, so your experiences will be a great help in influencing the choice of future venue.
On February the 24th at 7:00 pm we will be meeting at Fado Irish Pub at 214 W 4th St Austin, Texas 78701. RSVP is not required, but they would like a rough head count, so if possible, please indicate if you are coming by registering on Eventbrite.
The Future of Energy is a topic that affects all of us every second. Oil and gas prices are low and will stay low for the foreseeable future. Subsidies are ending for renewables. Energy storage is coming online. Lockheed Martin says that nuclear fusion will be commercial on the back of an 18 wheeler in less than ten years. Wind and solar are increasing globally. A crude oil tax, basically one form of a carbon tax has been proposed by the President and a carbon tax has proven quite successful in Canada and many other countries.
Herb Rubenstein will explain how to go beyond trends in getting clearer on what the future might bring and the discussion that will ensue will help analyze the factors and ecosystems that will create our future of energy. And, of course, we will discuss driverless cars, because of its huge implications on society and our future energy resource mix.
Presenter Herb Rubenstein is the President of Herb Rubenstein Consulting. He was a founding board member of the Association of Professional Futurists and is a Lecturer at the Global Energy Management Program of the Graduate School of Business of the University of Colorado Denver. He teaches various courses on the Future of Energy course plus a capstone course in Strategic Management. He is an attorney, author of several books on leadership and entrepreneurship and graduate of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of UT Austin. He has worked for the National Academy of Sciences, the American Institutes for Research, the US Department of Health and Human Services, his own law firm where he was a litigator for 25 years, and he has taught graduate school at George Washington University and undergraduates at George Mason University and Colorado State University. He also heads up an energy plus and oil and gas set of webinars for Thomsen Reuters.
He lives in Brooklyn and is the author of Ecosystems Strengths Analysis: A Futurist Tool which he will apply in discussing the future of the energy sector.