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Energy in the News: Friday, May 31

This week we welcomed twenty undergraduate summer research fellows to the Energy Institute via our partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). This 10-week program connects students directly with faculty working in science, technology and policy to conduct immersive energy research. Learn more about their summer projects.

“You are what you measure,” says Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, associate director of social science and policy, in our most recent Energy Economics Weekly Briefing. Data is critical to business growth, especially in clean energy sectors of the economy where legacy databases tend to focus on historical activity, and less on forward-looking activity.

Energy Institute Director, Anna Stefanopoulou, spoke with WIRED about Dyson’s patent applications which offer an early glimpse of how the company is designing its electric vehicles.

Tony Reames, associate professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability, spoke with Energy News Network about energy justice in Detroit and how inequality creates obstacles to clean energy in low-income communities.


Events:
  • Thursday, June 6: 2019 Ann Arbor Mobility Summit. Learn more.
  • Monday, June 10: Department of Energy’s Annual Merit Review in Arlington, VA. Learn more.

 


What to Read:

Trump Administration hardens its attack on climate science

New York Times

“In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions… and, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests.”

 

The Billion-Dollar Coal Bailout Nobody Is Talking About: Self-Committing In Power Markets

Forbes

Markets are supposed to ensure that all power plants are operated from lowest cost to most expensive. Self-committing allows expensive coal plants to cut in line, pushing out less expensive power generators such as wind, depriving those units from operating and generating revenue.

 

‘Stranded costs’ mount as coal vanishes from the grid

E&E News

What’s left behind as utilities pull the plug on old coal plants is more than industrial shells awaiting demolition. They’re also leaving behind millions of dollars of so-called stranded costs on the companies’ books — costs someone must shoulder.

 

GM Partners With Construction Firm on EV Charging Network

WardsAuto

General Motors and construction firm Bechtel reportedly are partnering on a charging network for plug-in electrified vehicles that looks to rival a similar network established by Volkswagen.

 

Truckers Can Expect an Electrified West Coast Corridor

Trucks

Power providers California, Washington and Oregon will work together to determine the best strategy for developing an electric charging infrastructure along the 1,300 miles of Interstate 5 from Mexico to Canada. Dubbed the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative. The goal is to support the feasibility of long-haul battery-electric trucks.

 

Consumers Energy launches program to help electric vehicle owners

UpNorth Live

During the Mackinac Policy Conference, Consumers Energy announced the multi-year PowerMIDrive program which will make it easier for owners of electric vehicles to charge their vehicles.