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.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Howes: Trump trade war threatens unintended consequence

The Detroit News, feat. Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump touted the fact that “many car companies are now building and expanding plants in the United States — something we have not seen in decades. Very soon, auto plants and other plants will be opening up all over the country.”

Friday, March 02, 2018

States want to counter Trump on climate. It's a struggle

E&E Climatewire, feat. Barry Rabe

Climate hawks shifted their focus from Washington, D.C., to state capitals in the wake of President Trump's 2016 victory, hoping state lawmakers might usher in the types of carbon reduction strategies the federal government could not.

But more than a year later, state climate action remains stuck in neutral, and the prospects for victory in 2018 remain far from certain.

Friday, February 23, 2018

The race to improve fuel economy

Consumer Reports, feat. John DeCicco

For Christi Mulkey, a Texas businesswoman, government fuel-economy rules are more than dry numbers and technical jargon. Money saved from the improved efficiency of her truck fleet improves her bottom line and helps pay for richer employee bonuses.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Experts: Clock is ticking to cut back greenhouse gas emissions

Midwest Energy News, feat. Steve Skerlos and Sarang Supekar

Only a short time remains for the electric and automotive industries to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit climate change for the rest of this century, according to reports released last fall.

Friday, February 09, 2018

There were several stories this week about Daniel Raimi’s new book, The Fracking Debate:

Fracking comes with risks, but it can benefit the economy — and the environment

The Hill, feat Daniel Raimi, Read more

Q&A: On balance, shale revolution has been a benefit, author says

Friday, February 02, 2018

New vice president for research looks to find opportunities for growth

The Battalion, feat. Mark Barteau

Mark Barteau, professor of chemical engineering from the University of Michigan, will find a home in Aggieland this semester, beginning his new roles as professor and vice president for research at Texas A&M in mid-February.

Friday, January 26, 2018

ICYMI: See Faculty Affiliate Daniel Raimi’s Ford School talk on his new book, The fracking debate: The risks, benefits, and uncertainties of the shale revolution, at the link:

Bartlett named interim director of U-M Energy Institute

U-M University Record, feat. Bart Bartlett and Mark Barteau

Friday, January 19, 2018

Electric eels inspire a new type of battery

Smithsonian, feat. Max Shtein

Electric eels, which slither along the muddy bottoms of ponds and streams in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins of South America, can cause a shock powerful enough to knock a horse off its feet. Their power comes from cells called electrocytes that discharge when the eel is hunting or feels threatened.

Friday, January 19, 2018

U-M Energy Institute Director Dr. Mark Barteau will leave U-M to join Texas A&M University as Vice President of Research, effective February 15. Dr. Bart Bartlett, Associate Professor of Chemistry in U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and the Energy Institute’s Associate Director for Science and Technology, will serve as Interim Director.

The U-M Office of Research (UMOR) has convened a team of faculty from across campus to mount a search for the next Director.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Alaska may open up again for oil leasing, but risks linger

Associated Press, feat. Mark Barteau

President Donald Trump’s plan to open America’s oceans to petroleum drilling drew condemnation from West Coast and Florida governors but was welcomed in the state where most lease sales could be held.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent facing re-election this year, embraced Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s proposed 19 lease sales in the state, including six in the potentially oil rich but environmentally sensitive Arctic Ocean waters.