Andy Read, Director of the Duke University Marine Lab, was interviewed for a WITN piece on the debate about offshore drilling in North Carolina. Those who support drilling say it is an opportunity for a variety of year-round careers. Reed argues against offshore drilling saying "studies that have been conducted show clear evidence of harm to all types of marine life, from small plankton that form the base of the food web, that everything depends on, to the largest whales that feed on that plankton."
The Duke Focus Program, which offers a variety of interdisciplinary clusters to first-year undergraduate students, will be adding a new cluster titled “Global Energy: Past, Present, and Future” in the Fall of 2018. The new program is engineering focused and will fit the curriculum of first-year engineering students.
Master of Environmental Management graduates from the Nicholas School of the Environment published the results of their master’s project research in the journal Energy Efficiency. Jennifer Cole, Jessica McDonald, and Xinyan Wen researched the regional differences in what motivates homeowners to implement energy-efficiency upgrades. They found that while cost savings are the most commonly cited reason for making energy efficiency upgrades nationwide, the importance of other factors – such as environmental benefits, or home comfort – varied by region.
Hannah Girardeau (Duke University Energy Access Project) and Jonathan Phillips (Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions) discuss how taxes on imported solar equipment in sub-Saharan African countries has a substantial impact because more people in Africa rely on solar technology as the only source of electricity. In some African markets, taxes on imported solar equipment is as much as 40%.
MEM/MBA student Harry Masters co-authored a Rocky Mountain Institute insight brief “Pushing the Limit: How Demand Flexibility Can Grow the Market for Renewable Energy.” Large-scale demand flexibility in common end-use loads can shift demand to periods of high renewable energy availability. This will increase the value for renewable generation and lower peak demand. Masters interned at Rocky Mountain Institute as a Stanback Fellow.
Researchers connected with Duke's Energy Data Analytics Lab and Applied Machine Learning Lab, working in partnership with the World Resources Institute, are among five finalist teams in the GBDX for Sustainability Challenge. For the next two months, each finalist team will have access to Digital Globe's geospatial big data platform (GBDX) and 100+ petabyte image library, one of the largest collections of satellite imagery data available to the public or private sectors. In April, judges will review their progress and select an overall winner. The Duke/World Resources Institute team will undertake a project using high-resolution satellite imagery and computer vision to build an open database of global power plants.
Kate Konschnik (director of the climate and energy program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions) and Sarah Marie Jordaan (Johns Hopkins) write about North American methane emissions reduction for "The Conversation," referring to their recent synthesis article on the topic. Their commentary was picked up by the Houston Chronicle.
The coauthors note that "even though much of the science is still uncertain, and the Trump administration is retreating from regulating methane leaks, we believe it is still possible and necessary to make progress on reducing methane emissions." Konschnik and Jordaan argue that, "while many actors are working to advance methane measurement and mitigation efforts, they need to work in concert to ensure effectiveness." The coauthors propose a North American Methane Reduction Framework to "coordinate regulations, voluntary industry actions and scientific developments in methane estimation and mitigation." This approach, they say "can bridge the divide between science and policy, and drive new research that in turn can support better policies when governments are ready to act."
Check out three new podcasts that Chris Nelder, host of The Energy Transition Show, recorded while on campus in the Fall. Dalia Patino-Echeverri (Nicholas School), Kyle Bradbury (Energy Initiative), and Tim Johnson (Nicholas School) share their insights on wholesale markets, storage applications, energy education, and more.
For the second year in a row, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business was named to Find MBA's list of top business schools for energy and natural resources. Fuqua offers MBA concentrations in Energy & Environment and Energy Finance, as well as a three-year dual-degree with Nicholas School of the Environment Master in Environmental Management. Fuqua's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) is a hub for education, thought leadership, and industry engagement focused on the interrelated global challenges of energy, development, and the environment.