Friday, May 18, 2018

This could be the biggest advance in aluminum production in 130 years

The Washington Post, feat. Greg Keoleian

Apple, the largest publicly traded company in the world, joined a major collaboration last week that could change how it gets one of the key components that makes its ubiquitous gadgets look so sleek — aluminum.

And it is looking as though, simply by seeking out a greener component for iPhones and Macs, the tech giant just might push an entire industry in a new direction.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Going green is harder for Detroit’s low-income communities

Grist, feat. Tony Reames

Light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) can last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescents, use 85 percent less energy, and, despite a higher cost upfront, save money in the long run.

Friday, May 04, 2018

Boom in West Texas oil patch lifts wages, prices

Reuters, feat. Lutz Kilian

In West Texas, rising oil prices are fueling a sharp economic upswing, lifting employment and pay to records, driving up spending at hotels, restaurants, and car dealerships, and raising the cost of housing and other essentials.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Concerns over California vehicle waiver issues

Yale Climate Connections, feat. John DeCicco

Few following the climate issue likely were shocked when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he plans to essentially rollback the Obama administration’s more stringent climate-focused standards for motor vehicles.

Less than a month after Pruitt came into office in 2017, he announced he’d be looking at them, and his and President Trump’s dismissiveness of climate change science has been well known.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Reminder: Registration is open for battery user summer school, covering the fundamentals of battery cell manufacturing. Sign up at the link:

How the energy industry’s wish list became the Interior Department’s to-do list

Huffington Post, feat. John DeCicco

Monday, April 16, 2018

The University of Michigan Energy Institute is seeking a Director. The previous Director, Dr. Mark Barteau, has joined Texas A&M as the Vice President for Research. A full position description and a link to apply are available here: Please note: the application deadline has been extended to May 7, 2018. If you’d like to discuss the position informally, please contact Search Chair Jeff Sakamoto at

Friday, April 13, 2018

In his haste to roll back rules, Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, risks his agenda

The New York Times, feat. John DeCicco

As ethical questions threaten the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, President Trump has defended him with a persuasive conservative argument: Mr. Pruitt is doing a great job at what he was hired to do, roll back regulations.

Friday, April 06, 2018

Stronger fuel standards make sense, even when gas prices are low

The Conversation, by John DeCicco

It’s official: The Trump administration is reversing steps its predecessor had taken to curb gasoline and diesel consumption through stricter car pollution and fuel economy standards.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Q&A: Researcher explores the benefits and risks of fracking in new book

Midwest Energy News, feat. Daniel Raimi

Nuance is rare in the debate over oil and gas development. While hydraulic fracturing is a specific practice of blowing apart shale or rock to unleash oil and gas deposits, the term “fracking” has become a catch-all for the multi-faceted extraction and transportation process.

Author Daniel Raimi argues this has led to widespread perceptions about the practice, for better or for worse, that may not be entirely accurate.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Plight of Phoenix: how long can the world’s 'least sustainable' city survive?

The Guardian, feat. Jonathan Overpeck

Friday, March 16, 2018

UMEI Senior Economist Ellen Hughes-Cromwick summarized this past week’s visits from Anthony Foxx and Penny Pritzker here; check it out!

Utility renewable pledges go above and beyond state laws — but why?

Midwest Energy News, feat. Thomas Lyon

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This report highlights some notable trends in consumer views about the link between energy use and the environment as observed over the 17 quarterly survey samples analyzed to date, from Fall 2013 through Fall 2017. Not only do a rising number of Americans say that energy use affects the environment “a lot,” but a significantly growing portion of the population believes that global warming is the aspect of the environment most affected by energy use. That’s a view now held by 36% of U.S. consumers, compared to 25% when the survey started in Fall 2013.