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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.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Students across the University of Michigan are invited to propose an action-oriented project beyond the campus focusing on wide-ranging sustainability issues such as energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, and other areas. 

Past projects supported by the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability have helped communities around the world with safe drinking water, energy conservation, and transportation. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

The energy efficiency gap is the failure of consumers or producers to make energy efficiency investments that would seemingly save money or increase profits. The phenomenon is important to understand, because if it exists and reflects irrational decisions on the part of consumers or firms, then policy intervention might be warranted. This report examines evidence for the energy efficiency gap in the automobile industry.

Friday, February 12, 2016

EVs continue to underperform in present era of cheap oil
MBiz, feat. John DeCicco

Despite a growing number of plug-in electric vehicles on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, industry analysts say the segment has failed to reach the “aspirational” levels many had hoped.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental and installation energy and water requirements.  The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance.  Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

Friday, February 05, 2016

An interdisciplinary team of U-M sustainability experts and engineers has developed a “ green guide” to aid developers and operators of energy storage systems. Titled “12 Principles for Green Energy Storage in Grid Applications,” the 12 Principles offer researchers, designers and industry professionals a clear, concise picture of the most important criteria to consider when designing and operating sustainable energy storage devices and systems. The principles are detailed in the January 19 issue of Environmental Science and Technology.  

Because of the intermittency of electricity production from renewables, energy storage is an important complement to renewable power. It’s a way to keep using solar energy in the dark and wind energy on a calm day. The renewable industry is growing dramatically; the US boasts twice as many solar workers as it did five years ago. The deployment of storage technologies is expected to grow in tandem as the use of wind, solar, and other renewable technologies continue to grow.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Ford gets serious about electric cars

USA Today, feat. Bruno Vanzieleghem, Greg Less

Much of Ford's battery research is taking place at the Energy Institute building on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a 45-minute drive from Ford's Dearborn, Mich., headquarters. The battery lab is stocked with the same quality level of equipment found in commercial plants so engineers can develop be small batches of batteries that make it easier to go to production.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) seeks to provide selected U-M undergraduates at all years of study with a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship to work under the supervision of a University of Michigan faculty member in science, technology, social science, and policy fields related to the following research areas:

  • energy policy, economics, and societal impact
  • carbon-negative emissions for “Beyond Carbon Neutral” interdisciplinary campus project
  • carbon-free energy sources
  • energy storage and utilization
  • transportation and fuels

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