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Energy in the News: Friday, August 2

According to new research from Steve Skerlos, pulling carbon dioxide out of the air using a technology called “direct air capture,” or DAC, will not be the silver bullet for curbing climate change that some hoped it would be. 

Don’t miss Ellen Hughes-Cromwick’s latest energy economics briefing where she reviews the Energy Information Administration’s monthly review. 

In case you missed it: UMOR will hold an internal competition for the NSF’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program. The deadline is August 23, 2019, learn more

Congratulations to:

  • Neil Dasgupta was named as one of five recipients of the 2019 Electrochemical Society (ECS) Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship for his research in green energy technology.
  • André Boehman was elected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for his outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society. 
  • Donald Siegel and Adam Matzger received a Department of Energy grant to research the low-cost storage of natural gas. 

Faculty in the News: 


  • “The vehicles can see, but they can’t always understand,” said Huei Peng, Director of MCity, to U.S. Energy News about self-driving electric vehicles.


  • Barry Rabe, Director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, talked to E&E News about how Michigan voters might perceive Democratic presidential candidates’ EV plans.
  • Barry Rabe also spoke to the Washington Examiner about Ohio’s controversial decision to weaken their renewable energy mandate program. 
  • Todd Allen, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, talks about nuclear’s role in the climate crisis on The Weather Channel’s Warming Signs podcast.
  • Greg Keoleian, postdoctoral fellow​ ​Maryam Arbabzadeh​,​ and partners released a new study which found that investing in batteries and energy storage technologies could radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions—by up to 90% in one scenario examined.

Events & Opportunities: 

What to Read

Bipartisan Transportation Bill Includes Up to $1B for Electric Vehicle Charging

Greentech Media

The America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (ATIA) proposes investing $287 billion in federal transportation projects over the next five years, a 27 percent increase over existing legislation set to expire in October 2020.


EV tax credit fight sparks lobbying frenzy

E&E News

Automakers are expanding lobbying efforts to extend the federal tax credit for buying electric vehicles, as the oil industry and conservatives push back against further incentives.


Hawaii a proving ground for ‘extremely thorny’ electric aviation challenge

Greentech Media

Flights servicing islands are an attractive target for early electrification, given their short-haul routes.


In Michigan, Consumers sees strong interest in charging station rebates

Energy News Network

The Michigan utility issued 127 rebates in the first two months of its three-year, $10 million pilot program.


Thomas Built Buses electric school bus powered by Proterra receives full CARB and HVIP certifications, CEC funding eligibility

Green Car Congress

Thomas Built Buses Inc. has received full California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) certifications for its Type C electric bus, the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley powered by Proterra electric vehicle technology. This certification officially qualifies Jouley for state vouchers.