Scientists, engineers, policymakers, and activists are grappling with anthropogenic climate change and generating solutions to halt its progress.
During the Oct. 2020 U.S. presidential debate, President Trump “argued that renewable energy is too expensive, wouldn’t power up America’s ‘beautiful factories,’ and is bad for birds.” Writing for Forbes, Duke University Energy Initiative director Dr. Brian Murray comments, “In addition to being seriously outdated, this view flies in the face of capital flows in the energy sector.”
Curious about experts’ takes on resilience & upheaval in the energy industry? Care about climate issues? Looking to expand your network? Check out the Duke University Energy Conference and other free virtual events during the fifth annual Energy Week at Duke (Nov. 9-12, 2020).
Get Duke University experts’ insights on energy access, electrification and automation of transportation, diversification of energy sources and technologies, and pursuit of decarbonization policy goals. Hear from Jonathan Phillips, Dr. Lori Bennear, Dr. Nico Hotz, and Kate Konschnik. Moderated by Energy Initiative director Dr. Brian Murray.
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a $371,072 grant to the Duke University Energy Initiative to expand its Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows program. Launched in 2018 with the Sloan Foundation’s support, the program readies scholars to apply cutting-edge data analytics techniques to energy challenges.
The new grant will extend the program for an additional three years and enable the extension of the program beyond Duke to include doctoral students at North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Applications for the Summer 2021 cohort of fellows are due Dec. 11, 2020.
A new global flagship McDonald's at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando will generate all its own energy from renewable sources. Six years ago, Duke University graduate students Emily Conner, Maria Ramirez Millan, and Lane Wallace partnered with McDonald's to conduct a study on the feasibility of designing a net-zero energy restaurant. The Duke students' report "allowed our teams a unique opportunity to think beyond what 'was' and focus on what could be," said Steve DePalo, Director of North American Sustainability at McDonald's.
The outlook for Duke University's ambitious efforts to become carbon-neutral by 2024 just got brighter. The university announced that it will bolster its renewable energy capabilities through the purchase of 101 megawatts of solar capacity from three new solar farms in NC, starting as soon as next year. The university's partnership with NC-based Pine Gate Renewables is expected to generate 235,000-240,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy each year or about 50% of Duke’s annual electricity needs. The new solar energy could be online as soon as next year. The partnership is the largest such initiative in NC under Duke Energy's Green Source Advantage program.
Californians face a record-breaking heatwave, wildfires, and pandemic shifts in electricity usage--and many are now experiencing rolling blackouts. Writing for Forbes, Energy Initiative director Dr. Brian Murray examines the challenges facing energy systems out West and considers what the global financial crisis of 2008-09 might reveal about potential solutions.
Nearly a billion people in the world lack access to electricity. This global challenge is made all the more daunting by gaps in critical data about existing energy infrastructure.
The initiative, a collaboration between the Global Financial Markets Center at Duke Law, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the National Whistleblower Center, will improve corporate reporting of climate-related risk and facilitate information sharing and policy development.
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