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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has repeatedly expressed concern over the past year about the reliability of our national electric power grid. On Sept.

Friday, January 05, 2018

It's cold outside, but that doesn't mean climate change isn't real

USA Today, feat. Jonathan Overpeck

Even this week's cold weather is probably being caused at least in part by global warming, said Jonathan Overpeck, a climate scientist at the University of Michigan.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Under Trump, climate change not a national security threat

The Washington Post, feat. Rosina Bierbaum

President Donald Trump removed climate change from the list of worldwide threats menacing the United States on Monday, a shift that underscores the long-term ramifications of the “America first” worldview he laid out in his new National Security Strategy.

Friday, December 15, 2017

In Michigan, study shows utility energy savings mostly benefit wealthier customers

Midwest Energy News, feat. Tony Reames

Michigan utilities spend tens of millions of dollars each year on rebates, energy audits and other programs to help customers cut their energy bills.

Most of that spending isn’t helping the customers who could use the savings the most, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan.