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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

EnergySource Innovation Stream with Anglo American: Pathways to a global hydrogen economy

ONLINE EVENT – Benny Oeyen, Executive Head of Market Development in the Platinum Group Metals Team at Anglo American discusses Anglo American’s comprehensive approach to supporting the development of a global hydrogen economy.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

A conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner and energy expert Daniel Yergin

#ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – With the 2020 elections around the corner, the energy industry particularly disrupted by coronavirus, and US-China tensions ratcheting higher, Yergin’s insights into the steps various countries are taking, particularly China, to shape the energy transition will be crucial as the next administration looks at a rapidly-changing geopolitical order.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Infrastructure, investment, & Central Europe: The Three Seas Initiative

ONLINE EVENT – In the run up to the October 19 Three Seas Summit hosted by the President of Estonia in Tallinn, the Atlantic Council hosts a discussion on the Three Seas Initiative and the opportunities the region’s economic vitality presents for investment.

11:00am ONLINE EVENT

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Securing the energy transition: Innovative cyber solutions for grid resiliency

ONLINE EVENT – A deeper look into how a secure energy transition can be implemented using innovative cyber security solutions to provide the monitoring and the visibility necessary to protect the grid at-large.

9:30am ONLINE EVENT

Past events

Thu, Aug 27, 2020

EnergySource Innovation Stream with SGH2: Green hydrogen from gasified biomass

ONLINE EVENT – Dr. Robert Do, president and chief executive officer of SGH2, discusses the process of green hydrogen production from biomass gasification and SGH2’s plans to develop the world’s biggest green hydrogen production facility in Lancaster, California.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Fri, Aug 21, 2020

EnergySource Innovation Stream with Oklo Inc.: The future of fast fission

ONLINE EVENT – Caroline Cochran, co-founder and chief operating officer of Oklo, discusses Oklo’s community-scale micro nuclear reactor and the commercialization of advanced nuclear technologies.

12:00pm ONLINE EVENT

Programs

The Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center promotes energy security by working alongside government, industry, civil society, and public stakeholders to devise pragmatic solutions to the geopolitical, sustainability, and economic challenges of the changing global energy landscape.

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Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Scaling CCUS: Catalyzing policy and financial innovation

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is critical to decarbonizing heavy industry and meeting global climate goals. But significant roadblocks to financing have prevented the ability of industry to scale up CCUS projects. New financing tools and a coordinated approach by policy makers, industry representatives, and financial institutions can help CCUS drive the energy transition.

Blog Post by Emily Burlinghaus, Reed Blakemore, and Lee Beck

Energy Transitions Oil and Gas

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Turkey’s gas find in the Black Sea: How big is this Tuna?

Turkey is a primary destination for US liquefied natural gas (LNG), but a change may be over the horizon. In late August, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO)’s drilling ship FATIH discovered a 320 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea, within the western part of Turkey’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

EnergySource by Ariel Cohen and Talya Yuzucu

Geopolitics & Energy Security Oil and Gas

Wed, Sep 2, 2020

California’s blackouts and renewable energy: Culprit or imperative?

In mid-August, California made headlines when several days of rolling blackouts coincided with a massive heatwave, with up to three million residents facing up to four hours of power outages. For Californians, this crisis must prompt an examination of both the grid management practices that contributed to these blackouts, and the optimal way to store or supplement wind and solar power. And while many were quick to blame the blackouts on the states’s growing reliance on renewables, the underlying causes for the crisis can only be mitigated with more clean energy.

EnergySource by Leslie Hayward

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Experts

Content

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Now let’s see an agreement in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Trump administration has demonstrated its ability to bring allies together and promote regional peace and cooperation. The United States should keep up this momentum by helping to reach an agreement between Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus, and de-escalate the conflict in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

TURKEYSource by Brenda Shaffer

Conflict Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Solving the Eastern Mediterranean crisis requires compromise

France, Greece, and the entire EU should embrace this de-escalatory approach, recognizing that the entire transatlantic community will be strategically better off with a strong Greece-Turkey relationship that ensures a fair system for sharing Eastern Mediterranean energy resources.

TURKEYSource by Matthew Bryza

Geopolitics & Energy Security Greece

Wed, Sep 23, 2020

Shaffer in The Brown Journal of World Affairs: In the era of US energy abundance: the role of the Caspian Region in US policy

In the News

Eastern Europe Energy & Environment

Tue, Sep 22, 2020

Navalny is Merkel’s ‘red line’ crisis

How Merkel responds to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and critiques of support for Nord Stream II will likely have cascading effects on international politics. Germany’s decisions, even on seemingly discrete events, can alter the global balance of power.

New Atlanticist by Jeremy Stern

Europe & Eurasia European Union

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Eastern Mediterranean tensions require diplomacy, not conflict

Despite the continued challenges and dangerous rhetoric, the only viable path remains through dialogue and compromise. For Turkey, this means openness to dialogue to address the issues at hand and expanding its diplomatic front to build support for its interests.

TURKEYSource by Mitat Çelikpala

Conflict Crisis Management

Thu, Sep 17, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Energy

As the US presidential election looms, the oil and gas industry has suffered from demand shocks during the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change is increasingly in the list of top concerns of US citizens, and there is little overlap between the likely policies of the two presidential candidates.

Elections 2020 by Global Energy Center

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Wed, Sep 16, 2020

Experts react: Von der Leyen outlines vision for Europe’s post-COVID future

Von der Leyen used her first State of the European Union Address to push European leaders to “make change happen by design—not by disaster or by diktat from others in the world.” Atlantic Council experts react to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s speech and its implications for future EU policy.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Climate Change & Climate Action Coronavirus

Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Scaling CCUS: Catalyzing policy and financial innovation

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is critical to decarbonizing heavy industry and meeting global climate goals. But significant roadblocks to financing have prevented the ability of industry to scale up CCUS projects. New financing tools and a coordinated approach by policy makers, industry representatives, and financial institutions can help CCUS drive the energy transition.

Blog Post by Emily Burlinghaus, Reed Blakemore, and Lee Beck

Energy Transitions Oil and Gas

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Turkey’s gas find in the Black Sea: How big is this Tuna?

Turkey is a primary destination for US liquefied natural gas (LNG), but a change may be over the horizon. In late August, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced that the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO)'s drilling ship FATIH discovered a 320 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas reserves in the Black Sea, within the western part of Turkey's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

EnergySource by Ariel Cohen and Talya Yuzucu

Geopolitics & Energy Security Oil and Gas

Mon, Sep 14, 2020

Innovation in Nuclear Energy Technologies: Implications for US National Defense

The US Department of Defense (DOD) has the potential to play a significant role bringing advanced reactor technology to demonstration and, ultimately, commercialization. Possible US military applications of advanced reactors—especially micro nuclear reactors (MNRs)—include deployment to remote bases that are challenging to supply with fuel; power systems for directed-energy weapons; and nuclear energy systems for space flight and off-world bases. This issue brief explores the challenges and opportunities inherent in DOD’s procurement of MNRs.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Dr. Robert F. Ichord, Jr. and Dr. Jennifer T. Gordon

Defense Technologies Energy & Environment

Events

Thu, Oct 1, 2020

Securing the energy transition: Innovative cyber solutions for grid resiliency

ONLINE EVENT - A deeper look into how a secure energy transition can be implemented using innovative cyber security solutions to provide the monitoring and the visibility necessary to protect the grid at-large.

9:30am ONLINE EVENT

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

A conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner and energy expert Daniel Yergin

#ACFRONTPAGE EVENT – With the 2020 elections around the corner, the energy industry particularly disrupted by coronavirus, and US-China tensions ratcheting higher, Yergin’s insights into the steps various countries are taking, particularly China, to shape the energy transition will be crucial as the next administration looks at a rapidly-changing geopolitical order.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

EnergySource Innovation Stream with Anglo American: Pathways to a global hydrogen economy

ONLINE EVENT - Benny Oeyen, Executive Head of Market Development in the Platinum Group Metals Team at Anglo American discusses Anglo American’s comprehensive approach to supporting the development of a global hydrogen economy.

9:00am ONLINE EVENT