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  • 02/27/15

    Planet Blue Blog: The Keystone veto: the right decision, but now let’s approve the pipeline

    See this article on the U.S. Conversation here.  See an unabridged version of this article on the Planet Blue Blog, here.  On Tuesday, President Obama vetoed the Keystone Pipeline bill. It’s an action one would expect from a serious Constitutional scholar of any political stripe; the bill is an attempted encroachment of the…

  • 02/23/15

    Draft U-M report analyzes policy options for hydraulic fracturing in Michigan

    An interdisciplinary team of University of Michigan researchers have released a detailed draft analysis of policy options for hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking. The draft final report of the U-M Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment consists of seven chapters totaling more…

  • 02/05/15

    The flaws behind policies to promote low-carbon fuels

    ANN ARBOR—Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a University of Michigan researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades. Once the erroneous methodology is corrected, the results…

  • 01/28/15

    U-M survey reveals how personal concerns, income shape consumer attitudes about energy

    Americans are just as concerned about energy’s impact on the environment as they are about its affordability, according to first-year results of the University of Michigan Energy Survey. Consumers also express much greater sensitivity to higher gasoline prices than they do to higher home energy bills. Conducted quarterly, the U-M…

  • 01/27/15

    What’s Next for the Automobile

    Feature article written for the introduction to the January 2015 issue of Scientific American Classics: The Rise of the Automobile.  This special issue collects Scientific American articles about cars dating from 1903 through recently, along with an essay by U-M Energy Institute research professor John DeCicco that takes a look at the future evolution…

  • 01/26/15

    U-M survey reveals how personal concerns, income shape consumer attitudes about energy

    Americans are just as concerned about energy’s impact on the environment as they are about its affordability, according to first-year results of the University of Michigan Energy Survey. Consumers also express much greater sensitivity to higher gasoline prices than they do to higher home energy bills. Conducted quarterly, the U-M…

  • 01/13/15

    New study details costs, environmental impact of raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

    The University of Michigan today released a study analyzing the real impacts of raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard – the policy mandating the percentage of the state’s electric generation capacity that must be provided by renewable power. The study, sponsored by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, analyzes several scenarios,…

  • 12/01/14

    THE CONVERSATION: Cheeseburgers, biofuels, and high fructose corn syrup are ruining the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay, and Americans’ health

    Mayors from across the Great Lakes region met this fall to discuss a response to this summer’s Lake Erie toxic algae outbreak that shut down the water supply for almost half a million people in Toledo and the surrounding suburbs. Bottled water ran out in stores across the area, and residents fled…

  • 11/25/14

    The future of solar: $1.3M to advance organic photovoltaics

    The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Michigan Engineering Professor Stephen Forrest’s group a $1.35 million Next Generation Photovoltaics grant earlier this fall, aimed at advancing the practical viability of organic photovoltaics, a carbon-based version of solar technology that promises to radically change the way the sun’s energy is collected. Forrest…

  • 11/24/14

    Should you buy an electric car? DeCicco featured in WSJ article

    Electric cars have been the future of transportation for nearly a century, and despite a flock of new entries, the battery-powered segment of the auto market remains a narrow niche. Few transportation technologies provoke as much debate as electric vehicles. Fans love them for performance—a well-designed electric car can accelerate…