Posted On: Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019 - 12:00 am

Mark Borsuk was quick to embrace opportunities to pursue collaborative research and teaching with his new colleagues after joining the faculty of the Pratt School of Engineering in 2016. The Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering teamed up with faculty from the Law School, Sanford School of Public Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, and Pratt to explore shared interests in risk analysis, decision-making, and climate change.

He received an Intellectual Community Planning Grant (ICPG) for the Duke Project on Risk and Resilience with Jonathan Wiener, Christine Hendren, Tyler Felgenhauer, Nita Farahany, Buz Waitzkin, and Lori Bennear, and a Research Collaboratory grant on the Decisions, Risks, and Governance of Geoengineering with Wiener, Felgenhauer, Billy Pizer, and Drew Shindell.

Borsuk is also involved in a Bass Connections project, Decisions on Complex Interdisciplinary Problems of Health and Environmental Risk (DECIPHER). Now in its second year and focusing on drinking water quality, the project is currently led by Hendren, Borsuk, Wiener, Ryan Calder, Richard Di Giulio, Priscilla Wald, and graduate student Kathleen Burns. DECIPHER will continue next year with a focus on the risks and benefits of climate geoengineering.

Read the full article here.

Posted On: Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 - 11:06 am

As power-plant emissions decline in the Northeast, a group of East Coast states is targeting another source of greenhouse gases: cars, trucks and mass transit. This Pew Charitable Trusts article quotes Duke University Energy Initiative director Brian Murray on parallels with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's efforts.

Posted On: Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 - 12:00 am

Tim Singer (MEM'20) co-authors the follow report, which dives into five specific risks buyers find unfamiliar—price, shape, basis, volume, and operational risk. It then reviews a range of mitigation strategies and explores mitigation and procurement strategies, and highlights best practices for buyers to contract for off-site renewable power in a way that meets their risk priorities.

Posted On: Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 - 12:00 am

In this blog post, Alex Rudee (MEM'18) shares three major environmental goals that Washington D.C. strives to achieve, despite the recent government shutdown. These three points are improving clean energy starting with The Clean Energy D.C. Act, transforming transportation by capping greenhouse emissions from cars and trucks, and combating plastic pollution by banning plastic straws and stirrers.

Posted On: Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 - 12:00 am

Data+ is a 10-week summer research experience that welcomes Duke undergraduates interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. For Summer 2019's program, students can choose from an unprecedented number of energy projects. From oil and gas production to smart meters, wholesale energy markets, energy access, and Duke's energy use, these projects tackle a wide range of real-life energy problems.  Check out the Data+ Fair on Thursday, January 17th to talk with project leads, and learn more and apply by the Feb. 25th deadline!

Posted On: Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019 - 12:00 am

Gennelle Wilson, MEM '20, is making an impact on North Carolina's energy policy future by taking part in implementing Executive Order 80 and paving the way for a cleaner, more sustainable future for North Carolina.

Posted On: Monday, Jan 14, 2019 - 12:00 am

Duke energy faculty is referenced in this following review of hybrid perovskites, a class of materials leading the field of low-cost thin film photovoltaics, that could revolutionize solar cells.

Posted On: Monday, Jan 14, 2019 - 12:00 am

Yuval Medina (T'22) writes for American Grand Strategy on the environmental impacts of cyber attacks on infrastructure. In the past few years, hackers and rogue states have succeeded in attacking floating drilling rigs and oil rigs. Yuval draws on his experience last semester in the History of Energy course taught by Professor Jonathan Free

Posted On: Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 - 11:20 am

The Rhodium Group, an independent economic and policy research firm, released a report Tuesday estimating that US energy-related CO2 emissions increased by 3.4 percent in 2018. That marks the largest year-over-year emissions increase in more than twenty years. Writing for Forbes, Energy Initiative director Brian Murray analyzes why the increase occurred—and points to options for deep decarbonization concurrent with economic growth. 

Posted On: Wednesday, Jan 09, 2019 - 12:00 am

The 2018 Duke University Energy Conference during Energy Week at Duke featured industry luminaries delivering fresh takes on energy markets, trends, policies, and technologies. This great video playlist by Duke's Fuqua School of Business includes keynote addresses by Andy Haun of Schneider Electric and Gerard Anderson of DTE Energy, as well as full panel discussions on energy and transportation, innovation, microgrids, digital applications, finance, and more.