Watch a panel of Duke University and industry experts as they discuss how the electric power sector is weathering COVID-19-related challenges—and what the impact might be for the energy transition. The panel created by Duke's Science and Society, in partnership with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, and the Duke University Energy Initiative.
In late February 2020, many of the student emails in Stacy Peterson’s inbox were studded with exclamation points.
Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) interest in carbon pricing reflect federal policy priorities? Not necessarily, but it does indicate a surge of momentum among states & other entities. Brian Murray, the director of the Energy Initiative and a professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment, writes for Forbes on this momentum.
Is coal canceled? Not globally. But a proposed financing mechanism for developing countries may chart a fast path to coal power’s departure from the world energy stage. Check out this Forbes piece by Energy Initiative director Dr. Brian Murray, also a Nicholas School of the Environment &Sanford School of Public Policy faculty member.
In an email to the Duke University energy community, Energy Initiative director Dr. Brian Murray reflected on most recent appalling instances of systemic racism and injustice in America, and vowed that Energy Initiative staff will join the Duke community in committing to work together for anti-racist change.
A new grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) will support a Duke-based initiative to help utilities and wholesale electricity markets improve their efficiency and reliability while reducing emissions and costs. Dalia Patiño-Echeverri (Nicholas School of the Environment) will lead the three-year initiative. David Brown (Fuqua School of Business) is a co-principal investigator along with collaborators at Ohio State University, North Carolina State University, Princeton University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and PJM Interconnection. Advisors include Energy Initiative executive-in-residence Eric Rohlfing, along with experts from Dartmouth, Duke Energy, and Southern Company.
In 2020-2021, the Duke University Energy Initiative’s Energy Research Seed Fund will support projects addressing renewable energy’s integration into the grid, battery performance, electrochemical catalysts, utilities’ decision-making, the energy-water nexus, and energy’s connections with war and health. The program will award six grants to projects involving thirteen faculty members from five Duke schools, investing a total of $249,590 in promising new energy research.
Energy Initiative graduate student assistant Will Foster (MEM/MBA '22) shares key takeaways from a recent webinar at which energy professionals offered advice to students on advancing their careers during this challenging time.
In a new policy brief, Duke University's Energy Access Project, in collaboration with the Energy Access team at CrossBoundary Group, looked at the experiences of seven countries that have made great strides in bringing electricity to their rural populations: Brazil, Chile, Laos, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Tunisia. Despite widely different circumstances and initial electrification rates, there are important similarities.
John E. Dolbow, a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and mathematics, will join Duke University’s Office of Research as an assistant vice president for research, beginning July 1. Dolbow is a member of the Duke University Energy Initiative faculty network.
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