Posted On: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 - 3:29 pm

A committee co-chaired by the Energy Initiative's director says there would not be sufficient benefit to updating estimates of the social cost of carbon (SCC) within a year based only on the revision of a specific climate parameter in the existing framework used by the government’s interagency group to measure the SCC. Richard Newell is co-chair of the committee that issued the interim report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The report recommends ways to change federal technical support documents on the SCC to enhance the characterization of uncertainties associated with the estimates.

Posted On: Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016 - 12:00 am

Duke Kunshan University will offer a new international master’s degree in environmental policy beginning in the fall of 2017. The four-semester, 16-course Master's in Environmental Policy is designed to meet the growing global need for leaders who are versed in both Chinese and international environmental issues and policies.

Posted On: Monday, Jan 25, 2016 - 3:46 pm

Extraction of coal and natural gas and power generation from both fuels contributed to a yearly 2.6 to 8.4 percent increase in water consumption in Pennsylvania during the early stages of the coal-to-gas transition from 2009-12. But the effects varied across the state as some areas experienced no change or large decreases in water consumption, according to a new working paper examining the water implications of Pennsylvania’s energy extraction and generation choices. The paper is co-authored by researchers at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and two other institutions.

Posted On: Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Energy Initiative faculty fellow Matt Harding, an assistant professor of economics, shares in this video how Big Data can help solve public policy challenges such as rising global energy demands and our expanding American waistline.

Posted On: Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 - 10:33 am

In this article for The Conversation, the Energy Initiative's Daniel Raimi explains how the Aliso Canyon methane leak can help alert local, state and federal governments to the need for regulations that address methane emissions of all kinds across the oil and natural gas industry.


Posted On: Friday, Jan 15, 2016 - 10:25 am

Richard Newell, the founding director of the Duke University Energy Initiative at Duke and a leading expert on energy policy, will be stepping down from his position to pursue new opportunities in research and public service. Newell, the Gendell Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at the Nicholas School of the Environment, launched the interdisciplinary Energy Initiative in 2011 after serving as administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Posted On: Friday, Jan 08, 2016 - 12:00 am

Smart shower heads that conserve water. Wi-Fi thermostats you can control from your iPhone. There’s no doubt that home appliances have changed significantly in the last twenty years.

Posted On: Thursday, Jan 07, 2016 - 4:21 pm

The energy sector has been the focus of dramatic change in recent years—from the shale gas boom to the ups and downs of the renewable energy market to the tumultuous drop in oil prices in the last year. Malcom Riley, Sector Director for Energy Careers in Fuqua’s Career Management Center, shares his thoughts on the hiring landscape in the energy sector.


Posted On: Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Austin, Texas, is one of the nation’s fastest-growing energy hubs, leveraging the region’s abundant oil, wind and solar resources. That’s what drew 14 Duke University students to visit the region this fall for one-on-one meetings with energy and technology companies. Students from Pratt Engineering, Nicholas Environment and Fuqua Business made the two-day Career Trek trip, helped with funding from the Energy Initiative, visiting eight of the more than 200 energy and technology companies in the Austin area.

Posted On: Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 - 12:00 am

With the support of the Energy Initiative, eight Duke graduate students are attending the COP21 climate change negotiations in Paris, France from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. The students, members of the UN Climate Negotiations Practicum course, are supporting a variety of environmental and energy-focused non-governmental organizations at the negotiations, as well as meeting with policy, NGO and academic stakeholders. They're blogging multiple times daily through the duration of the negotiations.