Posted On: Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 - 9:29 am

"There really was not much going on in terms of coordination and dialogue between energy and environmental regulators at the state level before all this," Energy Initiative Interim Director Brian Murray told E & E News reporter Rod Kuckro. But since the CPP was proposed in 2014, he said, there has been an "improved understanding of how the power sector works by environmental regulators." He pointed out, "The long-term game looks still to be towards decarbonization and a significant uptake in renewables."

Posted On: Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 - 8:46 am

The Energy Initiative provides funding to student groups seeking to advance energy education, research and engagement at Duke. This school year saw the emergence of a new energy club connected with the Pratt School of Engineering's Master of Engineering Management Program (MEMP). Catch the highlights in their report.

Posted On: Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 - 12:00 am

An analysis led by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, which appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, concludes that making state spill data more uniform and accessible could provide stakeholders with important information on where to target efforts for locating and preventing future spills. However, reporting requirements differ across states, requiring considerable effort to make the data usable for analysis. Lauren Patterson, a policy associate at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and a team of researchers examine state-level spill data discuss risks, mitigation priorities and state reporting requirements. 

Posted On: Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - 2:46 pm

Dr. Brian Murray will serve for a second year as Interim Director of the Duke University Energy Initiative in 2017. As in 2016, Murray will retain a half-time appointment with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, where he is the Director of the Environmental Economics Program.  The search for a full-time permanent Director of the Energy Initiative will launch this spring, with a target appointment date of January 1, 2018.  

Posted On: Monday, Feb 20, 2017 - 12:55 pm

Nicholas School of Environment Ph.D. candidate Ali Daraeepour is a Ph.D. is a participant in the 2017 Emerging Leaders Institute organized by the Duke Graduate School. Ali's research focuses on the evolution of electricity market design to enhance the grid integration of intermittent renewable energy resources and power system efficiency. Ali is interested in the economic and investment implications of energy and environmental regulations in the electric energy sector.

Posted On: Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 - 12:00 am

What’s the update since the holiday season regarding the proposed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) natural gas plant? Soli Shin, a master's student at Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, comments on this and much more, including the Climate Reality Project and renewable energy on Duke's campus, in her student blog. 

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

Many of us have experienced the frustration of idling in long lines of traffic, inching forward at what seems like an interminable rate. Unfortunately, traffic congestion like this is a daily occurrence in many of the world’s fastest growing cities, such as Mexico City, Bangkok, Istanbul, and Rio de Janeiro. Not only are congested roads an annoying inconvenience and a major waste of time, they also significantly contribute to poor regional air quality by raising concentrations of PM, CO, NOx, and ground-level ozone. In fact, a recent study finds that traffic contributes to 47.6% of Beijing’s declining air quality. That same study also concludes that air pollution worsens disproportionately as traffic congestion escalates. Samantha Childress and Lauren Masatsugu, master's students at Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, discuss what can be done to remedy this major problem. 

Posted On: Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 - 9:49 am

Itaipú Binational Dam (Brazil-Paraguay) is the world’s largest hydroelectric dam, in terms of energy generated. In 2016, it’s set to break the world record of energy generation by producing more than 100,000 gigawatt hours of electricity. While the US generates 2/3 of its electricity from fossil fuels, South America generates 2/3 of its electricity from renewable energy sources, making the continent a global leader in renewable energy. Duke anthropologist Dr. Christine Folch discusses the initiative that the Global Brazil Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute is spearheading to gather crucial data points on energy usage in Brazil.

Posted On: Monday, Feb 06, 2017 - 11:33 am

Environmental economist Mark Paul, a postdoctoral associate at the Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke, comments on the Dakota Access Pipeline at The Huffington Post and Dollars & Sense.

Posted On: Friday, Feb 03, 2017 - 12:00 am

There's a known rule-breaker among materials, and a new discovery by an international team of scientists adds more evidence to back up the metal's nonconformist reputation. According to a study led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the University of California, Berkeley, and Duke University, electrons in vanadium dioxide can conduct electricity without conducting heat.