September 2, 2009, Carnegie Endowment, (Washington, DC)
Whether an energy importer or an energy exporter, the problems of volatility, supply, and sustainability are creating unprecedented challenges for governments in managing economic growth, public finance, and the environment. Our panel will present the challenges and how governments are responding.
Our panel will include Ms. Deborah Bleviss, a consultant in sustainable energy to a wide range of governments, and Mr. Michael Curtis, a senior USAID official focused on the impact of energy in the developing world. This discussion will focus on:
- Barriers to growth posed by energy shortages
- Impact of energy on poverty reduction
- Sustainable energy policies being implemented around the world
- Revenue and expenditure impact on public finance from energy price volatility
- Short-term and long-term energy challenges