Is climate change inevitable? Maybe not. Advances in clean energy have been fast and furious over the last few years. So much so that there is credible talk of the demise of electric utilities as we know them. The Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt and Tesla are moving electric vehicles into the mainstream and there are murmurs that the end of big oil is near. Is this really possible? In this fast paced talk I will offer a survey of recent progress in electric transportation and renewable energy. I will put the pace of change into perspective and discuss barriers to and opportunities for a cleaner energy future. If interest is shown from those in attendance, I will offer a continuing education course in the spring that will cover the talk’s topics in greater depth. There are sound bites in the media about smart grid, renewable intermittency, energy storage and more. The purpose of this course will be to increase energy literacy and have the participants able to confidently digest and put into perspective the flood of energy news from the mainstream media. And more important, communicate with decision makers with the authoritative voice that will get their attention. This talk will be approximately 50 minutes in length with a question and answer period to follow. Speaker: Clayton Handleman Bio Clayton Handleman has worked in the renewable energy industry for over 20 years. He frequently speaks on renewable energy to audiences ranging from local lay audiences and environmental groups to highly technical audiences such as design workshops held by national laboratories. He has worked in renewables related electrical engineering and business development as well as serving on boards of related not for profit organizations and in a local government advisory capacity. He earned his MS in Physics at Purdue University and holds several patents in inverter design.