October 2013 Café Scientifique Wednesday 30 October 2013, Horse and Trap, Mt Eden, 6.30pm The empowered energy consumer of the future – choice or confusion? Nirmal Nair Energy Theme Leader, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland The traditional roles of energy producer and energy consumer are beginning to change worldwide. “Smart Grid” technology, together with affordable energy generation and storage options, presents consumers with new opportunities to break their dependence on energy producers and distributors – but only if they can master the nuances of generation, storage, home energy management, electric vehicle charging, grid friendly device control, and so on. Just what does the future look like for a choice empowered consumer? Dr. Nirmal Nair, a power systems engineer by training, leads the Energy research theme at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Engineering and directs the Power Systems Group which contributes to research, advice and advocacy on New Zealand’s power systems and energy sustainability. His research interests include blackouts, electricity markets, smart grids, renewable energy integration and energy policy. Join the discussion Each month we organise a facilitated discussion in the downstairs lounge bar at the Horse and Trap. Please visit the the Horse and Trap website for more information about the venue and how to find your way there.