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Columbia Energy Tech Revolution Forum — Wind Energy: How Did We Get Here and What’s Next?

Past Event

December 2, 2021

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm utc

The Center on Global Energy Policy presents the Columbia Energy Technology Revolution Forum, a new webinar series hosted by Paul Dabbar, CGEP Distinguished Visiting Fellow and former Under Secretary for Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. The series focuses on frank, practical, scientific and technological discussions on the prospects of new technologies in the energy world. Each session brings together experts to focus on a different energy technology.

Energy technologies in the last twenty years have advanced significantly, and much of what is currently being deployed, including now-prevalent technologies such as solar, wind, batteries, and advanced drilling, was not commercially available in the not-so-distant past. In the last 10-15 years, public and private R&D has significantly advanced a long list of new technologies that are now competitive without government incentives.

Much of the current dialogue from energy policy makers focuses on existing technologies; this forum instead addresses what is next in new and emerging technologies. The forum helps inform the audience of the state of various technologies, their prospects to make further contributions to the energy mix, and how these technologies should be further invested in, from basic discovery through deployment.

This discussion examined how wind technology evolved from the technology failures and bankruptcy era of 2000 to the industry we see today. Speakers explored the evolution of U.S. wind policy and technology over the last twenty years, the future of wind technology, and policies that would support further deployment.


  • Paul Dabbar, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA


  • Michael O’Sullivan, retired Senior Vice President of Development, NextEra Energy
  • John Eber, retired CEO, JPMorgan Capital Corp.
  • Kim Osborne, Counsel, Eversource Energy and joint venture partner, Ørsted