Richard Lester: Energy Systems Innovation

How can we innovate to address climate change and build healthy economies? CoLab hosts Prof. Richard Lester to discuss innovation in our energy systems, focusing on utility regulatory reform, regional governance models, and the role of the Federal government. Prof. Lester is Japan Steel Industry Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and the faculty co-chair and founding Director of the Industrial Performance Center at MIT. His research focuses on industrial innovation and technology strategy, with an emphasis on the energy and manufacturing sectors. Prof. Lester's new book, Unlocking Energy Innovation: How America Can Build a Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Energy System (MIT Press, 2011), discusses the three urgent and interrelated problems of climate change, worldwide insecurity over energy supplies, and rapidly growing energy demand. Dr. Lester's talk is part of CoLab's Mel King Fellows Forum.