Posted On: Saturday, Nov 17, 2018 - 12:00 am

Duke seniors Kushal Kadakia, Claire Wang and Ariel Kantor have been named 2019 Rhodes scholars. The trio become Duke's 47th, 48th and 49th winners of the honor, which fully funds a degree at Oxford University. Kadakia, Wang and Kantor confirmed the honor to The Chronicle Saturday night.

Posted On: Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 - 2:59 pm

The Duke University Energy Initiative and Fuqua School of Business have appointed Dr. Emma Rasiel as the Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy.

Posted On: Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 - 12:00 am

This October, a group of 12 Duke students pursuing master’s degrees in environmental management at the Nicholas School of the Environment traveled to Philadelphia for the Nicholas Net Impact club’s corporate sustainability trek. Our goal? To visit and learn from seven companies leading the way in solving global challenges at the intersection of business and the environment.

Posted On: Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 - 12:00 am

Claire Wang has cared about the environment for longer than she can remember. That passion has led the senior Environmental Sciences and Policy major to become a dedicated environmental advocate.

Wang was awarded two prestigious scholarships early this year: the Truman Scholarship and the Udall Scholarship. With Truman funding, Wang plans to pursue a degree in environmental law to lay the foundation for a career in environmental advocacy. This past spring she also was recognized with Duke’s Outstanding Leadership in Sustainability – Student Award.

Posted On: Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 - 12:00 am

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transport of energy and must consider issues such as grid resilience, market reforms, and gas pipeline infrastructure. The following policy brief written by Duke researchers Gabrielle Murnan, Zoe Ripecky, and Jennifer Chen, summarizes these issues.

Posted On: Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

North Carolina is home to a single utility-scale wind farm, the 208 MW Amazon Wind Farm East in Elizabeth City. Its 104 turbines situated in coastal conditions generate enough electricity each year to power 61,000 homes. Last month, the Duke University Energy Initiative organized a Power Trip to the farm, journeying northeast with 28 students enrolled in degree programs across four different Duke schools. Alexis Schuster (MEM’20) writes about the experience.

Posted On: Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

Duke researchers Steve Sexton, Justin Kirkpatrick, Robert Harris, and Nicholas Muller published a working paper for the NBER Environment and Energy Economics program entitled "Heterogenous Environmental and Grid Benefits from Rooftop Solar and the Costs of Inefficient Siting Decisions." They analyze spatial variation in environmental benefits from rooftop solar, finding that many benefits are lost due to inefficient siting, and most states do not capture much of the benefits from their own solar.

Posted On: Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Forbes has named two Duke alumnae among its 2019 "30 Under 30 in Energy": Arsheen Allam (MBA'17) and Megan O'Connor (PhD'17). 

Posted On: Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 - 12:00 am

Nearly a decade after it crafted its first Climate Action Plan, Duke University has unveiled a preliminary version of an update to the document, offering clarity on how it plans to reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2024. It also provides a glimpse of just how far the institution has come.

Posted On: Monday, Nov 12, 2018 - 1:42 pm

Several Duke University faculty, fellows, and researchers will share their expertise at the Western Energy & Water Forum on Jan. 23-26, 2019. The Duke University Energy Initiative is the 2019 Academic Partner for this invitation-only gathering organized by the Colorado Energy & Water Institute (CEWI) in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The event will bring together North American leaders for a meaningful conversation about the future of energy and water. Duke alumni interested in participating should contact Stacy Peterson, assistant director for student and alumni engagement.