Posted On: Thursday, Dec 07, 2017 - 10:48 am

The Duke University Energy Initiative and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions have jointly appointed Norman C. Bay, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to a three-year term as a non-resident senior fellow.

Posted On: Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017 - 1:30 pm

Several energy researchers have received 2018 Intellectual Community Planning Grants to begin or test a new collaboration around a shared interest.  The grant program is one of three Provost Sally Kornbluth has offered this year as part of the Together Duke strategic plan. Project funds ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 were awarded to eight groups, including "Duke Project on Risk and Resilience" and "Environmental and Economic Justice in Rural America."

Posted On: Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017 - 1:01 pm

Jonathan Phillips, formerly the senior advisor to the president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, has been named director of the Energy Access Project at Duke University. This new research and policy effort aims to address the challenges around increasing access to modern energy solutions to underserved populations around the world.

Posted On: Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017 - 11:00 am

Duke University is launching a project focused on developing new and collaborative ways to meet the energy needs of some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities, President Vincent E. Price announced Wednesday.

The Energy Access Project was established by a $1.5 million gift from Jim Rogers, former CEO and chairman of the board for the electric utility company Duke Energy, and his wife, M.A. Rogers. The Bass Connections Challenge at Duke University will add $750,000 in matching funds for a total of $2.25 million to support the project’s goal of accelerating deployment of sustainable energy and empowering the world through expanded energy access.

The Duke University Energy Initiative is proud to collaborate with the Nicholas Institute, the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Bass Connections on this project. Read more. 

Posted On: Saturday, Dec 02, 2017 - 10:36 am

The Duke University Energy Initiative and Duke Libraries have been selected to jointly host one of four two-year postdoctoral fellowships in data curation for energy economics—funded via an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). 

Posted On: Friday, Dec 01, 2017 - 3:12 pm

A new book edited by four Duke researchers examines how crisis events can reshape law and regulation. . . and how we can learn to do better. 

The coeditors of Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation After Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents and Financial Crises (Cambridge UP, 2018) are Edward Balleisen, Professor of History and Duke’s Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies; Lori Bennear, the Juli Plant Grainger Associate Professor of Energy Economics and Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment (also Associate Director of Educational Programs at the Energy Initiative); Kimberly Krawiec, the Kathrine Robinson Everett Professor of Law; and Jonathan Wiener, the Perkins Professor of Law, Professor of Environmental Policy, and Professor of Public Policy.

Posted On: Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 - 4:36 pm

We're training a cohort of next-generation scholars at Duke to deftly wield data in pursuit of an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system.

Benefits for successful applicants: 

  • Funding equivalent to one-half of a full fellowship for an academic year.
  • Conference travel support and data acquisition support up to $2,000.
  • Priority access to virtual machines, storage, and other computational resources.
  • Participation in a symposium in Spring 2020.

Applications due Feb. 28, 2018. 

Posted On: Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 - 3:28 pm

Three recent Duke alumni are on this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy list:  

  • Karim Khalil (Pratt '12), Cofounder of Infinite Cooling
  • Scott Martin (Pratt '14), Principal at 8 Rivers Capital
  • Hannah Kate Sieber (Trinity '13), Cofounder of EcoFlow Tech

More coming soon! 

Posted On: Monday, Nov 13, 2017 - 12:00 am

In an article published on Renewable Energy World, Vanessa Ferrero (MEM'18) discusses the potential for blockchain technology to be used in the energy industry. Sun Exchange, a solar marketplace, is using blockchain and bitcoin to address the large fixed costs associated with solar which can enable renewable energy development in places such as Africa.

Posted On: Monday, Nov 13, 2017 - 12:00 am

Undergraduate blogger Will Sheehan highlights the origins and benefits of Duke's new solar benches, created by the Duke Smart Home Club and featured during