Policy and Social Impact

Jan
21
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Join us to hear about what happened at COP21 from U-M student delegates who went to Paris! 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Consumers feel their home energy costs would have to more than double before they had to use less or reduce other expenses to compensate, according to a new index created by the University of Michigan's Energy Institute and released today. The university's energy affordability indices are modeled on U-M's Survey of Consumers, and like their progenitor, the surveys ask questions of consumers about how much their own bills for things like gasoline, electricity, and home heating would have to rise before they became unaffordable. The energy surveys, which canvassed 3,400 Americans over two years, found that throughout the survey period, even consumers in the lower third of the income scale would have to see their home energy costs double before costs broke the bank. The survey also looked at gasoline prices and found that consumers would not find it unaffordable to fill their tanks unless pump prices more than doubled to $5.50 a gallon.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Wars over EPA Renewable Fuel Standard heat up

Fox News, feat. John DeCicco

“It would be better if the Renewable Fuel Standard were simply repealed,” argues John DeCicco, a research professor at the University of Michigan Energy Institute and a former senior fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Nov
12
(All day)

Continuing EPA's unprecedented public engagement and outreach on the Clean Power Plan, EPA will hold four, two-day public hearings across the country on the proposed federal plan and model rules for the Clean Power Plan.

Nov
23
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

How do Americans think about energy? Is the debate over fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewable energy highly partisan and ideological?  How much does concern about climate change weigh on these opinions? David Konisky answers these questions and more.  Free pizza!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Panel debate over emissions doesn't follow partisan lines

E&E News

It was an unusual scenario, to say the least.

Republican lawmakers yesterday needled witnesses on the nuances and intricacies of carbon accounting for biofuels -- models created to showcase how well the fuels performed as a tool for averting climate change.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Energy Institute Research Professor John DeCicco testified before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, at a hearing titled: "Renewable Fuel Standard: A Ten Year Review of Costs and Benefits." Read the testimony here, or watch the full hearing:

Oct
27
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Governments represent important audiences for organizations, and like other audiences, they are more likely to recognize a group of entrants as representing a new industry category that is worthy of support when these entrants are more similar and coherent, and when they enjoy recognition and support by actors external to the industry. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Learning from others, Michigan considers best options for future fracking

The Conversation

With the rapid rise in hydraulic fracturing activity, numerous government, industry, academic and environmental organizations have rushed to examine the potential benefits and impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. In fact, one review of the available scientific peer-reviewed literature on the impacts of shale gas development found that the bulk, or 73%, of the studies have been published only since January 1 2013.

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