The panel featured Jorge Moreira da Silva, Portuguese Minister of Environment, Spatial Planning, and Energy, Dr. Peter C. Evans, Vice President of Center of Global Enterprise, and Matthew Theall, Presidential Innovation Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, which was moderated by John Paul Farmer, Director of Technology and Civic Innovation at Microsoft.
followed by remarking on some observations that he
made from his
experience over the last few decades in the energy sector.
argued that the focus of innovation or policies in energy should be on the infrastructure networks, in particular the ways in which these networks interconnect as well as coordination problems that might arise.
pointed out that an interesting trend is the increasing interconnection of different infrastructure networks, such as interconnection between gas and rail, as well as roads and electricity in order to enable the operation of electric cars.
In addition, Evans
emphasized the importance for energy policies to not just focus on sustainability but, with a world that is increasingly facing big shock events, policies should better address the issue of robustness and resilience of infrastructure.
Evans talked about the government's ability to act as a facilitator between different parties in the private sector and resolve some of the coordinating issues.
Dr. Peter C. Evans is Vice President at the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) where he is responsible the Center's research agenda and global partnerships.
is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic trends, and their impact on society.
Previously, Dr. Evans held key strategy and market intelligence roles at General Electric.
He was Director of GE Corporate's Global Strategy and Analytics team.
He also led GE Energy's Global Strategy and Planning team, where he oversaw the Fuels, Policy, Carbon and Strategic Workforce Planning Centers of Excellence.
Prior to joining GE, he was Director, Research Director of the Global Energy Forum at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA), where he was engaged in formulating global energy scenarios as well as oil, gas and power market consulting engagements.
He also worked as an independent consultant for a variety of corporate and government clients, including the US Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, US Department of Energy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the World Bank.
Dr. Evans has extensive international energy experience, including two years as a Visiting Scholar at the Central Research Institute for the Electric Power Industry in Tokyo, Japan.
many articles and policy monographs include: The Age of Gas and the Power of Networks (General Electric 2013); The Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines (General Electric, 2012) Japan: Bracing for an Uncertain Energy Future (Brookings Institution, 2006), Liberalizing Global Trade in Energy Services (AEI Press, 2002), and "International Conflict and Cooperation in Government Export Financing" (Institute for International Economics, 2001).
He is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Board Member of the National Association for Business Economics.
Evans holds a BA from Hampshire College and a master degree and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.