On Saturday, February 11th, nearly 300 energy professionals and students gathered to participate in the 12th annual Tufts Energy Conference (TEC). The theme of TEC 2017 was Innovation for Global Energy Access. Through nine panel discussions and one keynote address, all of which explored various dimensions of the conference theme, 40 expert speakers contributed their insights on how innovation can and must be harnessed to improve and expand global energy access.
The day’s discussion began with Dr. Linda Abriola, Director of the Tufts Institute of the Environment, opening the conference with an overview of the innovative work members of the Tufts community are doing in the energy sector. Dr. Abriola also shared a personal account of her encounter with energy poverty in Nepal during her visit to the country in 2016 as a US Department of State Science Envoy.