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‘Energy Futures Symposium’ set for Feb. 15 at Wofford

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2011-01-31

Program part of Santee Cooper Lecture Series

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The “Energy Futures Symposium,” part of the Santee Cooper Lecture Series at Wofford College, will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building.

The symposium includes an 11 a.m. talk by Richard Heinberg, author of nine books focusing on a sustainable future and senior fellow-in-residence at the Post Carbon Institute, followed at 7 p.m. by a panel discussion with Heinberg, energy industry consultant and Wofford alumnus and board member Stanley Porter, and energy industry executive Brenda Boultwood. Dr. G. Mackay Salley, professor and chair of the department of physics at Wofford, will serve as the moderator.

The “Energy Futures Symposium” is free and open to the public.

Wofford and Santee Cooper, the state-owned utility, began the Santee Cooper Lecture Series in 2009 to provide the college and the Spartanburg community with “a powerful forum for meetings and discussions with some of the leading thinkers in the world on the issues of energy and sustainability,” according to John Lane, director of the Wofford’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center and an associate professor of English. The series is being hosted by the college’s Environmental Studies Program.

Richard Heinberg is the author of “The Party’s Over,” “Peak Everything” and the newly released “Blackout,” along with six other books. He is “highly regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels,” according to his Web site (www.richardheinberg.com). “With a wry, unflinching approach based on facts and realism, (Heinberg) exposes the tenuousness of our current way of life and offers a vision for a truly sustainable future.”

Heinberg is best known as a leading educator on Peak Oil, “the point at which we reach maximum global oil production – and the resulting, devastating impact it will have on our economic, food, and transportation systems,” the Web site continues. “But his expertise is far ranging, covering critical issues including the current economic crisis, food and agriculture, community resilience, and global climate change.”

His latest book, “Blackout: Coal, Climate, and the Last Energy Crisis,” brings critical information to the debate about coal’s role as a continuing energy source in the face of climate change. “Blackout” sends “a powerful message: With less than 20 years before (U.S.) coal production peaks and no viable means to produce ‘clean coal,’ the need to transition entirely to renewable energy is even more critical.”

Heinberg is featured in numerous documentaries, including “End of Suburbia” and Leonardo DiCaprio’s film “11th Hour.” He has appeared on a number of national and international broadcast programming and radio programs, and in a variety of national publications. He also serves on the board of the Post Carbon Institute’s sister organization, Transition US.

Stanley E. Porter, a native of Columbia, S.C., is greater Washington Area managing director for Deloitte Consulting LLP in McLean, Va. He assists energy executives in matters regarding strategic planning, business analytics, and operations improvements. Clients include Constellation Energy, Pepco Holdings Inc., the U.S. Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Highstar Capital, and ExxonMobil, and China Light & Power. Before joining Deloitte Consulting, he was a vice president at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and worked for ExxonMobil in planning & analysis. Porter is a 1989 graduate of Wofford College and served as student body president. He was elected to the Wofford Board of Trustees in 2010. Porter received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is on the board of directors of the Greater Washington Boys & Girls Club. He and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter, have funded an endowed scholarship at Wofford.

Brenda Boultwood is senior vice president and chief risk officer for Constellation Energy. She leads risk management activities for the firm and its businesses, including defining and assessing enterprise-wide business risks and facilitating proactive decision-making to effectively manage the risks associated with each business line.  Previously, Boultwood served was global head of strategy, Alternative Investment Services for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. She also served as the firm’s global head, strategic risk management for its Treasury Services group and as global business head, Global Derivative Services of its Alternative Investment Services group. She had held risk management positions with Bank One Corp., was senior manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Financial Risk Management Consulting Practice, and was a financial engineering associate with Chemical Bank Corp. She spent six years teaching in the University of Maryland’s master of business administration program. She graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the City University of New York.

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