This week, Anna Stefanopoulou, director of the Energy Institute, spoke about living laboratories for connected and electric vehicles at the 2019 Ann Arbor Mobility Summit.
Electric Vehicle (EV) sales exceeded 5.1 million in 2018, marking an increase of 63 percent from the previous year. In this week’s Energy Economics Weekly Briefing, Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, associate director of social science and policy, reviews the International Energy Agency’s annual Global EV Outlook.
Faculty in the News
- Gregory A. Keoleian, director of the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems, published ten new “Green Principles” for managing the full lifecycle of EV batteries in the Journal of Energy Storage.
- Jonathan Overpeck, dean at the School for Environment and Sustainability, authored an editorial in Science calling for climate action with Cecilia Conde, a researcher in the Center of Atmospheric Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
- David Uhlmann, director of the Environmental Law and Policy program, spoke to the New York Times about Juliana v. United States, a case that asks whether young people have a constitutional right to be protected from climate change.
Events & Opportunities
- Mon. June 10: Energy Storage Lunch Networking Meeting in Grand Rapids hosted by the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council
- Tues. June 11: Know Your Audience science advocacy workshop hosted by Engaging Scientists in Policy and Advocacy
- Wed. June 26: Comments due for National Science Foundation 2026 Idea Machine competition
- Tues, June 30: Science Award Electrochemistry applications are due. Focus areas include but are not limited to battery materials, cells, battery systems, production and operations, and recycling.
- Wed. July 31: UROP Summer Research Symposium
- Thur. Aug 1: Applications due for the UROP Research Scholar Program designed for students who want to expand on their first year and participate in UROP for a second year at an advanced level.
What to Read
The Trump administration is following through on a plan to allow year-round sales of gasoline mixed with 15% ethanol, ending a summertime ban imposed out of concerns for increased smog from the higher ethanol blend.
Energy News Network
The nation’s largest electric grid operator is grappling with how to prevent state climate policies from merely pushing emissions — and costs — across state lines.
There is a stark partisan division over clean/renewable energy mandates in the United States. Are they necessary to achieve rapid decarbonization?
The Denver Post
The push to electrify more of the state’s vehicles gained traction in May when the state Air Quality Control Commission voted to move ahead on developing a standard for zero-emission vehicles. The rule would require that a certain percentage of manufacturers’ vehicles sold in Colorado be electric starting with the 2023 model year.
Colorado Public Radio
By 2030, Colorado plans to cut the emission of climate-warming pollution by 50 percent, but the grid was never designed to handle the more fluctuating energy that renewables provide. Energy providers worry that new sources of clean energy could test the system’s limits.
Landowners in Michigan’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation program may now put commercial solar panels on their land. The move reverses a 2017 decision under then-Gov. Rick Snyder that barred solar power development in the preservation program, which covers about one-third of the state’s 10 million acres of farmland.