Research

Reports

This section highlights the published work of our Faculty Affiliates. Got a recent publication to share? Email Amy Mast at amymast@umich.edu.

  • 09/10/18

    4th Annual Conference on Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment

    TE3 brings economic scholars together with government and industry practitioners to explore transportation and fuel research for energy and environmental policies that will foster progress toward long-term climate protection and business goals.

  • 09/07/18

    Energy-related publications by CLOSUP at the Ford School for Public Policy

    The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) conducts, supports and fosters applied academic research to inform local, state, and urban policy issues. Their Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative brings the latest academic knowledge to bear on issues of energy, environment, and climate policy. Below you’ll find a list of links to energy – specific CLOSUP publications.

  • 04/16/18

    An Investigation of Power Purchase Agreements for the University of Michigan: A Path to Carbon Neutrality

    This report explores the use of power purchase agreements (PPAs) as an option for the University of Michigan to increase its usage of renewable energy. PPAs are becoming increasingly popular for large entities such as corporations and universities to increase their usage of renewable energy in easy and profitable ways.

  • 02/02/18

    Report: Solar Microgrid Feasibility Study for City of Ann Arbor (2017)

    As part of its 2012 Climate Action Plan (CAP), the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan set goals to reduce emissions by 8 percent of year 2000 carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) levels by 2015, 25 percent by 2025, and 90 percent by 2050.

  • 01/12/18

    Carbon Dioxide Removal Options: a Literature Review Identifying Carbon Removal Potentials and Costs

    This extensive literature review, conducted by a team of Masters students at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, seeks to develop a cost curve for established, demonstrated, and speculative carbon removal methods. This report has been altered and expanded in cooperation with the Energy Institute.

  • 07/26/17

    2017 Annual Report

    The 2017 UMEI Annual Report reviews the Energy Institute’s progress on its various research initiatives and events, including the Battery Lab, the Energy Survey, REFRESCH, and the Beyond Carbon Neutral project. Click here to access the full report.

  • 10/28/16

    3rd Annual Conference on Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment

    TE3 brings economic scholars together with government and industry practitioners to explore transportation and fuel research for energy and environmental policies that will foster progress toward long-term climate protection and business goals.

  • 10/20/16

    2016 Annual Report

    The 2016 UMEI Annual Report reviews the Energy Institute’s progress on its various research initiatives and events, including the Battery Lab, the Energy Survey, REFRESCH, and the Beyond Carbon Neutral project.

  • 02/05/16

    12 Principles of Green Energy Storage

    An interdisciplinary team of U-M sustainability experts and engineers led by School of Natural Resources and Environment Postdoctoral Associate Maryam Arbabzadeh has developed a “ green guide” to aid developers and operators of energy storage systems. Titled “12 Principles for Green Energy Storage in Grid Applications,” the 12 Principles offer researchers, designers and industry professionals a clear, concise picture of the most important criteria to consider when designing and operating sustainable energy storage devices and systems.

  • 02/04/16

    The Energy Efficiency Gap in Transportation

    This report is authored by U-M Department of Economics PhD student Alecia Cassidy. The energy efficiency gap is the failure of consumers or producers to make energy efficiency investments that would seemingly save money or increase profits. The phenomenon is important to understand, because if it exists and reflects irrational decisions on the part of consumers or firms, then policy intervention might be warranted. This report examines evidence for the energy efficiency gap in the automobile industry, and ultimately finds that the evidence is inconclusive. Three general approaches were employed: survey research, reduced-form analysis, and discrete choice modeling. Survey research finds evidence of an energy efficiency gap. Reduced-form analyses find no energy efficiency gap. The results of discrete choice models differ, with some finding evidence of an energy efficiency gap and others finding no evidence.