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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Energy Institute Research Professor John DeCicco testified on March 16 before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform's Subcommittees on Interior and on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules. The purpose of the hearing was to "examine the Environmental Protection Agency's management of the Renewable Fuel Standard program," which mandates a certain percentage of biofuels from corn be added to commercially sold gasoline in the United States with the twin goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing reliance on imported oil. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

U-M faculty selected as Sloan Fellows

U-M News Service, feat. Paul Zimmerman

Three University of Michigan professors are among the 126 early career scientists and scholars from the United States and Canada selected as 2016 Alfred P. Sloan research fellows.

The foundation honors researchers it deems "rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders." The fellows, who were nominated by their peers and chosen by a panel of senior scholars, each receives $55,000 to further their research.

Those selected from U-M are:

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Each year, investors eagerly await Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholders. And well they might: under his leadership, Berkshire’s compounded annual growth rate from 1965 to 2015 was 20.8%, far better than the 9.7% achieved by the S&P 500.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Fuel economy stays flat last month

U-M News Service, Feat. Michael Sivak

Gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. remained unchanged during February, say researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The average fuel economy (window-sticker value) of new vehicles sold last month was 25.2 mpg—the same as January's revised figure.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Receive up to $100K in funding from the U-M MTRAC Transportation program. The goal of the program is to accelerate the development and commercialization of advanced materials, robotics and autonomy, sensors, electric vehicle drivetrain/propulsion, software/controls/data, and advanced manufacturing processes. Awarded projects are financed through a 12-month grant and mentored by a team of industry experts and venture capitalists. 

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Are you interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, math or business? If so, the BP scholars program could contribute $5,000 towards your studies.

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit one of the company offices. 

Applications are now open and being accepted through March 15, 2016.

Learn more here: http://www.bp.com/en/global/bp-careers//students-and-graduates/locations...

Monday, February 29, 2016

The University of Michigan Energy Institute and the Michigan Institute for Teaching and Research in Economics will host the third annual TE3 conference on Friday October 28, 2016. Held in the heart of the nation's automotive industry, leading researchers and members of the automotive, energy, and regulatory communities will debate key fuel-economy and emissions issues in the current economic and policy landscape.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Why a production freeze won’t fix the oil collapse

Fortune, feat. Mark Barteau

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the news of “collusion” between Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Qatar to freeze petroleum production would have been greeted with howls that this was a declaration of economic war. It would have prompted frenzied calls for “Energy Independence” and for dramatic increases in alternative domestic energy supplies, especially in the hyperbole-laden rhetoric of an election year. Ah, but the place was not so far away nor the time so long ago. Every U.S. president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama has unambiguously declared the need to end America’s dependence on foreign oil and with it our vulnerability to supply limitations imposed by other powers. We have seen that movie, its sequels and its remakes, before.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2016 Solicitation 1.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Wednesday May 11, 2016.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the news of “collusion” between Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Qatar to freeze petroleum production would have been greeted with howls that this was a declaration of economic war. It would have prompted frenzied calls for “Energy Independence” and for dramatic increases in alternative domestic energy supplies, especially in the hyperbole-laden rhetoric of an election year. Ah, but the place was not so far away nor the time so long ago. Every U.S.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Michigan researchers issue guidelines for sustainable energy storage

Midwest Energy News, feat.  Levi Thompson, Jeremiah Johnson, Gregory Keoleian

As energy storage deployment grows across a variety of sectors and fuel sources, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan has published a set of 12 principles to help guide projects on the most sustainable path forward.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
As part of the U-M Energy Survey’s ongoing reports regarding the affordability of energy, this brief focuses on the newest wave of data through October 2015. We measure American consumers' views of their energy costs with two indices, one for home energy and the other for gasoline. Each index is based on the costs that consumers say they would find unaffordable compared to their actual energy costs—that is, their own home energy bills and the national average price of gasoline—during the month they were surveyed. As shown in the graph below, the affordability index for home energy in October 2015 was 122 (±10), remaining statistically similar to its average over the previous eight quarters. In October 2015, consumers said that they spent an average of $170 per month on home energy bills. They also responded, on average, that they would find a monthly energy bill of $342 to be unaffordable.

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