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PSSI recommends Masaryk university's summer school on energy security

25.05.2012

The aim of this summer school is a comparison of selected energy security related questions from perspectives of the U.S. as well as of European Union states. The summer school will focus on topics related to the electric utility sector, such as the future of nuclear energy; the problem of the use of conventional resources in the transportation sector; the support of renewables; the coal industry and its environmental aspects; the future of smart grids and decentralization of electricity utility sector; etc. This summer school will analyze the differences and compliances of two different ways of dealing with specific energy security related issues.

The primary target of this event is to offer to undergraduate and graduate students the possibility to study the most important and most current topics of this issue from two main perspectives: the continental (Europe) and the U.S. As long-term observation and research has pointed out, there are great differences in dealing with energy security related issues between the so-called "Atlantic" (American) approach and the so-called "Continental" (European) one.

Both the United States of America and European Union face similar problems, but they generally deal with them differently. One example could be the much different way of supporting renewables, such as the Renewable Portfolio Standard in the USA compared to Feed-In Tariffs in the EU.

Misunderstanding of differences and specifics of both regions creates unnecessary friction and leads to mutual misunderstanding and disputes in many cases. In addition to the primary goal of providing background on this important issue to students, this summer school also will make an effort to find common positions and overcome certain ideological gaps between the two approaches.


Lecturers:
John Banks, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, USA (TBC)

Vaclav Bartuska, Czech Government's Special Envoy for Energy Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Dana Drabova, Chairwoman of the State Nuclear Safety Authority of the Czech Republic

Michael Kranhold, Director of Corporate Strategy of the German Transmission System Operator 50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Arunas Molis, Energy Security Research Center, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania

Milos Stepanovsky, Director of Temelin Nuclear Power Plant, CEZ, a.s.

Alois Tost, German independent energy analyst

Kirsten Westphal, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany (TBC)

Petr Zavodsky, Director of Nuclear Power Plant Construction Department of the Czech company CEZ, a.s.

To learn more about the summer school, please click here.

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