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The Energy Challenge in East-Central Europe

February 10, 2011 7:30 PM
February 10, 2011 10:00 PM
Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest
University of Washington, Walker Ames Room at Kane Hall
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4098 15th Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA, United States

The relationship between per capita energy consumption and productivity, GDP, and market competitiveness is well-documented in macro- and micro-economical studies.  It is not surprising, therefore, that countries experiencing dynamic restructuring and re-definition of their economies in the post-communist era are even more concerned about their energy supply than established Western economies.

While governments in Central and Eastern Europe struggled with their dependence on Russian-supplied natural gas, some states–  particularly Poland and Ukraine— were able to protect themselves from total Russian energy dependence using their immense reserves of coal. Since then, the Russian Federation has further strengthened its dominant position as CEE’s supplier of natural gas and the European Union has established draconian limits on greenhouse emissions for its existing and would-be member states. Under these circumstances, Poland and other transitioning states must consider alternatives such as imports of Liquid Natural Gas, nuclear power plant construction, coal gasification, and shale gas.  With increased exploration of technological alternatives, it may soon be possible for Central and East Europe to meet European environmental standards without sacrificing geopolitical and economic security.

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Program Patronage:

Trade and Investment Section, Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Program Sponsors:

Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest (PACC PNW)

University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee (UWPSEC)

Jackson School of International Studies/Russian, East European, Central Asian Studies (REECAS)

Polish National Alliance Lodge 156

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Past UW Distinguished Polish Speaker Series lectures on innovation, enterprise and economy.

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