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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

How Green was my Government?

15th June 2016, 18:30 to 19:30, Ken Wade Lecture Theatre, Calman Learning Centre, Dr Michael Feliks

Michael Feliks is committed to rolling out renewable, low carbon energy in the UK, especially heat generated from deep geothermal sources. But he recognises the pressures on funding in both the private and public sectors.

How we use our finite financial resources to create our future energy system will require hard choices. Yet in a debate that has no shortage of impassioned points of view, he worries that we can easily lose sight of the facts and make bad decisions. More positively, he believes the facts have never been easier to find.

In this lecture he asks the question ‘how can we judge whether the Government is green or not?’ and takes us on a tour of the recent history of ‘green’ energy policy. He then considers how we can try – objectively – to answer the question. For a finale, he may even attempt to do so.’

Dr Michael Feliks joined Cluff Geothermal in 2011, after a twenty year career in the Civil Service. He is the current Chair of the Renewable Energy Association’s Deep Geothermal subgroup. Cluff are a London-based deep geothermal company, taking forward and/or advising on deep geothermal projects in the UK and East Africa.

Before joining Cluff Michael held a wide range of energy and climate change-related jobs in Whitehall. He worked on the 2006 Energy Review at HM Treasury before moving to the Office of Climate Change to work on the 2007-08 heat project. Moving on to BIS and then, on its creation, to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, he concentrated on renewable heat policy and in particular the development of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Latterly he was policy lead at DECC on deep geothermal energy. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Glasgow (1989).

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