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Energy in the News: Friday, July 12

This week, five U-M teams presented at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Colorado including teams led by Anna Stefanopolou, Jeff Sakamoto, Jing Sun, Huei Ping. Related: Don’t miss this article in WIRED that talks about an ARPA-E funded hybrid-electric vehicle project the Energy Institute is involved with. 

Also this week, 52 U-M faculty attended the American Control Conference in Philadelphia. At the conference, Jason Siegel led a session on battery management. 

Don’t miss our latest Energy Economic Weekly Briefing where Ellen Hughes-Cromwick reviews new studies on the economic losses associated with climate change.

Faculty in the News:

  • Professor Barry Rabe, director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, spoke to E&E News about increasing use of the terminology “climate crisis” to underscore the urgent need to keep temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

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What to Read:

Q&A: Michigan lawmaker envisions state as an electric vehicle leader

Energy News Network

Michigan state Sen. Mallory McMorrow encounters “misadventures” in electric vehicle charging on a near-weekly basis. McMorrow, a first-term lawmaker who represents metro Detroit, purchased a Chevrolet Bolt last January but regularly finds herself in a bind when needing a charge. This unreliable infrastructure is helping drive McMorrow’s latest efforts in the Legislature to promote and incentivize electric vehicle charging stations.

The race to fuel the buses of future is on

Bloomberg

While bus and truck pools account for just a fraction of the vehicles on America’s roads, they’re responsible for generating 80% of the smog and as much as a quarter of the nation’s transportation emissions. That has local and state governments across the country working to overhaul their fleets, touching off a race to gain an early edge and dominate an industry that consumes 1 billion gallons of fuel a year and spends $5 billion annually on buses alone.

Michigan’s clean energy standards violate international trade law

Washington Post

Seven states have passed environmental laws that are incompatible with the United States’ international obligations. The laws were judged to be discriminatory because they provided preferential treatment for the use of locally produced content. That is a clear violation of WTO law — even if the laws’ purpose was to promote green energy.

Higher education institutions declare climate emergency

Eco Business

More than 7,000 higher and further education institutions worldwide declared a climate emergency in a letter on July 10 and recognized “the need for a drastic societal shift to combat the growing threat of climate change”.

Banning cars? 5 drastic steps to cut emissions

E&E News

Paris made headlines last week by banning cars from its streets on weekdays. The move was part of a growing trend as cities around the world take extreme measures to confront