Associate Fellow of the Energy, Environment and Development Program, Chatham House
Walt Patterson is a nuclear physicist by training and has been actively involved in energy and environmental issues for over four decades. Through his teaching, writing and advocacy, Patterson strives to provide independent and polemic insight and advice on the current and future state of energy systems. His areas of expertise include electricity generation, performance and infrastructure. Patterson is a frequent commentator on energy issues and has made numerous appearances on radio and television broadcasts as an industry expert. He has published thirteen books and hundreds of papers, articles and reviews, on nuclear power, coal technology, renewable energy, energy systems, energy policy and electricity. His most recent book, Keeping the Lights On: Towards Sustainable Electricity was published by Earthscan in 2009 and provides practical road maps for electricity production, supply and use. He was series advisor to the award winning BBC drama series Edge of Darkness, and assisted in the development of a documentary series called The Energy Alternative, based on his book of the same name. Patterson was awarded the Energy Institute Melchett Medal in 2000 and in 2004 he was named an energy policy leader in the “Scientific American 50” for his advocacy of decentralized electricity.