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Alumnus participates in renewable energy debate for The Economist

November 11, 2011

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Oxford University

Renewable energy expert Matthias Fripp B.A. ’99 is drawing on his extensive research and scholarship to participate in a 10-day, Oxford-style debate for The Economist; he is defending the assertion that energy subsidies are a good way to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

A research fellow at the Environmental Change Institute and Exeter College, University of Oxford, Fripp studies the technical and economic performance of power systems with large shares of renewable energy.

β€œFor the foreseeable future, fossil fuels will be priced inefficiently low, and renewables will need a subsidy simply to make the competition fair,” he writes.

Those wishing to join in the debate can do so by voting for a winner or by submitting comments to the moderator, who will select some for discussion. Visit the site on Friday, November 18 to learn which argument proved most persuasive.

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