The Duke University Energy Initiative and Fuqua School of Business have appointed Dr. Emma Rasiel as the Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy.
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.
Claire Wang has cared about the environment for longer than she can remember.
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.
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.
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.
Forbes has named two Duke alumnae among its 2019 "30 Under 30 in Energy": Arsheen Allam (MBA'17) and Megan O'Connor (PhD'17).
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.
An updated draft of Duke's Climate Action Plan was introduced at an event Thursday. As part of Energy Week, Sustainable Duke and the University's facilities management department discussed the future of carbon neutrality at the event, called CarbonNetZero. Sustainability Director Tavey Capps addressed the University's progress towards becoming carbon neutral and the steps Duke will take in the coming years to achieve their sustainability goals.
Some of the largest oil companies are accepting the coming challenge of climate change. The latest example are the investments that Occidental Petroleum has made in Net Power, a startup that built the world’s first zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant. Several Duke alumni have been closely involved with this project, including Bill Brown (JD'80), David Freed (E'10), and Scott Martin (E'14).
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