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Current discussions regarding our energy future focus on the resurgence of fossil fuels, namely shale gas and oil. In the USA, substation of coal by gas has substantially reduced greenhouse gas emissions. However, this only represents the near side of our “Bridge to a Sustainable Energy Future.” Rapid transformation of our energy infrastructures is needed using renewable energy, smart energy efficiency, and “big data” in the design and operation of the our energy systems. By going local, and “designing for the dynamics” we can prevent the bridge to our energy future from becoming a “Pier to the Future.”

Stephen Connors directs the Analysis Group for Regional Energy Alternatives at MIT. A former Peace Corps volunteer who designed wood conserving cookstoves in Africa, Steve helps local and regional stakeholders develop clean and cost-effective energy strategies by “designing for the dynamics” of renewables and energy demands.

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Steve Connors

Steve Connors

Mr. Stephen Connors is director of the Analysis Group For Regional Energy Alternatives (AGREA), part of the M.I.T. Energy Initiative (MITEI). AGREA’s primary research focus is in strategic planning in energy and the environment, emphasizing the transformation of regional energy infrastructures, such as “energy pathways”, to simultaneously address energy security, climate change and other energy challenges.

As an extension of his role as director of AGREA, Mr. Connors also coordinates several international energy initiatives involving MIT. Mr. Connors is currently a member of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Wind Program Peer Review Panel and the editorial boards for the journals Wind Engineering and Sustainability Science.