TEDx Tuesday: Ralph Izzo P'15

In the spring of 2016, Peddie launched its inaugural TEDx Peddie event. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. In this spirit, TED has createdTEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Organized by students, and with the help of the Alumni & Development office, TEDx Peddie brought to campus six industry leaders, some of whom are Peddie alumni, to speak on the theme "The future as we know it."

Reflecting on the impact of superstorm Sandy in 2012, Izzo discusses our ever-increasing energy needs and efforts to move toward a future that relies on carbon-free sources like nuclear, wind and especially solar energy. In addition a primary goal in the industry is a movement toward the "nega-watt," or increased energy efficiency by producing the same output through devices that use less electricity. Finally, advances in physics and large data acquisition will ensure the grid is smarter than ever before so that problems can be detected even before they take place.

Speaker biography: Mr. Izzo is a well-known leader within the utility industry, as well as the public policy arena. Since joining PSE&G in 1992 Mr. Izzo was elected to several executive positions within PSEG’s family of companies. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Peddie School, Columbia University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and the Princeton University Adlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT.