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Energy in the News: Friday, June 14

The Energy Institute is co-hosting a Charging Forward Workshop on Thursday, June 27 at Ann Arbor SPARK. At the event, businesses can learn more about installing electric vehicle charging stations. Do you know a company that might be interested? Click here to share

Our summer UROP fellows attended their first “lunchbox discussion” this week. Professor Adam Simon, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, gave an overview of his research on mineral systems and metal resources used in our built environment.

As presidential campaigns heat up, many candidates are thinking through their legislative approach to the principles laid out in the Green New Deal. In this week’s Energy Economics Briefing, Ellen Hughes-Cromwick reviews new research on how lobbying impacted the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.

Faculty in the News:

  • “The Trump administration is moving to weaken vehicle fuel efficiency standards so much that even U.S. carmakers are balking,” writes Energy Institute Research Professor, John DeCicco, in an opinion in Yale Environment 360 regarding the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken clean car standards.
  • Professor Trish Koman, School of Public Health, was quoted in Scientific American regarding last week’s EPA Science Advisory Board vote to review the science behind the proposed rollback of Obama-era clean car standards.

Events & Opportunities

What to Read

Michael Bloomberg to plunge $500M into clean energy effort

Associated Press

The Beyond Carbon initiative marks the largest ever philanthropic effort to combat climate change, according to the mayor’s foundation. The organization will bypass the federal government and instead seek to pass climate and clean energy policies, as well as back political candidates, at the state and local level.

 

Automakers Tell Trump His Pollution Rules Could Mean ‘Untenable’ Instability and Lower Profits

New York Times

Mr. Trump’s new rule would all but eliminate the Obama-era auto pollution regulations, essentially freezing mileage standards at about 37 miles per gallon for cars, down from a target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The policy makes it a near certainty that California and 13 other states will sue the administration while continuing to enforce their own, stricter rules — in effect, splitting the United States auto market in two.

 

Coalition of Automakers and Utilities Unveils Transportation Policy ‘Roadmap’

Greentech Media

The policy platform aims to provide “high-level principles” to push lawmakers toward efficient and electrified transportation and calls on lawmakers to fix the Highway Trust Fund shortfall, create a national green infrastructure bank to provide public funding for electrification, and increase funding for the federal Vehicle Technologies Office.

 

Carbon removal machines entice politicians, even as cost projections run high

Houston Chronicle

Four bipartisan bills are moving through Congress, bringing together powerful figures such Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and directing the Department of Energy to research and develop a technology scientists refer to as direct air capture.

 

Smart grid transformation hinges on data bandwidth — and lots of it

Energy News Network

As utilities deploy more smart grid technology, some are increasingly wary of relying too much on public carrier networks to transmit data.