Friday, December 08, 2017

Ethanol worsens climate change, yet EPA demands more of it

Morning Consult, feat. John DeCicco

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took a trip to Iowa last week to meet with ethanol producers. But the day before he headed to the Hawkeye State, the agency doubled down on the biofuel boondoggle, announcing it would mandate yet another increase in the amount of ethanol forced into our nation’s motor fuel.

Friday, December 08, 2017

In 2016, the University of Michigan emitted 641,000 metric tons, or 1,413,161,420 pounds, of carbon dioxide. This represents approximately 30% of Ann Arbor’s total emissions footprint.

This fall, student teams battled to best conceptualize what 641,000 tons actually looks like during the Energy + competition, which culminated in a judging session this week at the Duderstadt Center. The challenge, offered by the Energy Institute and the Duderstadt Media Commons, sought to demonstrate to students the interconnectedness of energy with the built environment, the climate, and the centrality of energy in society.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Score one for corn: In battle over biofuel, a rare setback for Big Oil

The New York Times, feat. John DeCicco

America’s cars run partly on fuels derived from corn and soy. That’s because of a decade-old federal mandate beloved by Midwestern farmers but opposed by an unusual coalition of oil refiners and environmentalists.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ecologist says biodiversity could be planet’s “insurance policy,” but only if we act fast

Michigan Radio, feat. Brad Cardinale


It's one of those scientific terms we hear and think, "That's a good thing. We need it,” without truly knowing why it's a good thing.

A University of Michigan and Smithsonian study now helps us understand. The researchers found biodiversity is even more powerful and important than they thought it would be.

Friday, November 10, 2017

China signs on to Alaska gas pipeline, but it's far from set

The New York Times, feat. Mark Barteau

The latest push in a decades-long effort to commercialize vast stores of Alaska's natural gas got a boost when the state announced a deal with three Chinese companies. But the $43 billion project is far from reality.

Friday, November 03, 2017

The fixers using recycled laptop batteries to power their homes

VICE Motherboard, feat. University of Michigan Battery Lab

Friday, October 27, 2017

TE3 Conference explores future of transportation

The Michigan Daily, feat. Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

Though many might think the future of mobility lies in flying cars and jetpacks, experts say the future entails dependence on equity of mobility companies and policy framework needed for a revolution.

At least, that's what professionals in transportation, economics, energy and the environment discussed Friday for the University of Michigan Energy Institute’s fourth TE3 Conference.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Advanced manufacturing lab opens in Detroit

The Michigan Engineer News Center, feat. Sridhar Kota

A $50 million lightweighting research and development lab that the University of Michigan helped to jumpstart opened its doors today in Detroit’s Corktown district.

Friday, October 13, 2017

End of Clean Power Plan unlikely to change energy direction in Michigan

Crain’s Detroit Business, feat. Steve Skerlos

Michigan's top energy officials say the Trump administration's move to rescind the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan will have a negligible impact on the state's plans to produce cleaner energy that will reduce pollution by using renewable energy and natural gas to generate electricity.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Why the world would keep warming even if we stopped emitting greenhouse gases

Michigan Radio, feat. Richard Rood

A recent article in The Conversation asks this question: “If we stopped emitting greenhouse gases right now, would we stop climate change?”

The article’s author Richard Rood, a climate change scientist with the University of Michigan, brought Stateside the answer today.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Many people in the Midwest may still remember the Northeast blackout of 2003, which left around 45 million people without power, some for as long as two days. Occurrences as massive as that blackout are relatively scarce in the Midwest; generally power outage events are relatively localized and fixed within a few hours. In recent years, however, cities across the country have come to the conclusion that, for critical health care and industrial assets, waiting a few hours for power is not always a possibility.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Using University of Michigan buildings as batteries

The Michigan Engineer News Center, feat. Johanna Mathieu and Ian Hiskens

Michigan researchers and staff are testing how to use the immense thermal energy of large buildings as theoretical battery packs. The goal is to help the nation’s grid better accommodate renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.