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Energy in the News: Friday, July 19

Registration is now open for our 6th Annual Conference on Transportation, Economics, Energy and the Environment (TE3) on Friday, October 18 at Rackham Graduate School. 

TE3 brings together international experts from the academic, business and public policy communities for high-level, economically grounded discussions about timely issues facing the transportation sector and its energy and environmental impacts.  This year’s theme is “The Economics of Electrified Transportation: Impact on the Environment and Policy Perspectives” and will focus on the increasing electrification of transportation worldwide. Click here to view our preliminary conference program. 

In this week’s Energy Economics Weekly Briefing, Ellen Hughes-Cromwick takes a closer look at what consumers pay for energy. 

Faculty in the News:

  • According to a new study by Professor Gregory Keoleian, director of the Center for Sustainable Systems, deploying a fleet of autonomous electric taxis in a city could result in an 87% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Professor Richard Rood, Department of Climate & Space Sciences, spoke to National Geographic about the impact of rising temperatures on public health. 
  • Don’t miss the “What Happened at Chernobyl” podcast where Professor Todd Allen, chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, discusses Chernobyl—what caused the explosion, what is known about its health effects, and what lessons policymakers and nuclear engineers learned from the disaster. 

Events & Opportunities:

What to Read:  

NASA’s new moon mission reignites fuel cell research at Ohio lab

Energy News Network

The U.S. space program’s plans to return to the moon are breathing new life into the agency’s research on fuel cells and increasing the potential for commercial technology transfer here on Earth.

 

Moon-landing technology may help new transportation take flight

Wall Street Journal

The underlying battery technology used by the Apollo astronauts has been superseded by more efficient lithium-ion power plants. But the moon missions provided valuable insight into battery operation and a template for power-systems management in the harshest environments.

 

Battery expert on Murkowski, lithium and the EV ‘arms race’

E&E News

Simon Moores cared about electric-vehicle minerals before the world cared much about electric vehicles. The London-based managing director of Benchmark Minerals Intelligence was assigned the lithium beat as a journalist-researcher in his first post-college job for a mineral industry publication, in the year before the launch of the iPhone.

 

Overcoming Barriers To 100% Clean Energy, Part One: The Electricity Distribution Network

Forbes

This paradigm shift, like any other, faces major barriers preventing an accelerated clean energy transformation—yet smart policy can overcome them. So what will it take for the U.S. energy system to reach ambitious clean energy targets by 2035, 2040, or 2050?

 

Clean energy policy push faces steep climb ahead of 2020 Election

Greentech Media

These are busy days for the writers of clean energy bills in Washington, D.C., with lawmakers dishing up plans for everything from a national renewables portfolio standard to a standalone tax credit for energy storage.

 

State carbon free policies increasingly inclusive of nuclear, but resource needs federal boost

Utility Dive

As the threat of climate change pushes energy politics center stage, one resource — nuclear — tugs at two priorities: reliability and zero carbon emissions. And bipartisan consensus is growing around the idea that the resource is necessary for a carbon free future.