Engineering and Public Policy graduate student Brian Sergi talks about his research on public perceptions of energy and specifically how providing information about the different effects of energy consumption affects the way people care and think about energy.
Congratulations Long! More information on the IEEE-USA Congressional Fellowship can be found at: http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/govfel/congfel.asp
Azevedo named to the Department of Energy Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee
Inês Azevedo will provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary about the Department of Energy’s hydrogen research.
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) was established under Section 807 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to provide technical and programmatic advice to the Energy Secretary on DOE’s hydrogen research, development, and demonstration efforts.
HTAC includes representatives from domestic industry, academia, professional societies, government agencies, financial organizations, and environmental groups. Their work is guided by a formal charter, which is renewed every two years. Find answers to frequently asked questions about HTAC.
$360 Billion Investment in Green Energy: Will It Take China’s ‘Green Leap Forward’ to Success?
“The Opinion|Commentary section of The Wall Street Journal highlights the results from Lam, Branstetter and Azevedo work published in ERL on China’s wind electricity: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-green-leap-forward-in-china-what-a-load-of-biomass-1486081133
Ines was recently invited to join the Executive Editorial Board of the journal Environmental Research Letters.
Environmental Research Letters covers all of environmental science, providing a coherent and integrated approach including research articles, perspectives and review articles.
Nathaniel Horner and Inês Azevedo, with Arman Shehabi of LBNL, reviewed dozens of studies on the “indirect” energy effects of information and communication technology (ICT) services like e-commerce and telework. Though ICT has compelling energy savings potential, uncertainty in implementation details and higher-order effects make the actual net energy effect hard to calculate. http://tinyurl.com/Nat-Ines
ZERO EMISSIONS DAY: CHINA’S WIND ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE
From the article:
“In December 2015, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the United Nations’ 21st Climate Change Conference (UN COP21). The two presidents, representatives of the two largest producers of greenhouse gases on the globe, pledged to work together to establish a climate change agreement to mitigate the enormous impact greenhouse gases have had, and are having, on global warming.
“Thus, the Paris Agreement was formed. This agreement, the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement, is a pledge negotiated by the 196 countries in attendance at UN COP21 to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by adopting renewable energy sources.
“In the wake of the Paris summit, engineering and public policy (EPP) Ph.D. student Long Lam studies China’s efforts to deploy renewable energy and mitigate its carbon emissions. Focusing on wind and solar energy, Lam studies China’s wind turbine innovation capabilities, dynamics within the solar photovoltaic industry, and the trajectories of various solar photovoltaic technologies in the marketplace.
“Lam recently published a paper, co-authored by EPP Associate Professor Inês Azevedo and Social and Decision Sciences’ Lee Branstetter, entitled “China’s wind electricity and cost of carbon mitigation are more expensive than anticipated.” The paper, published in Environmental Research Letters, discusses how China’s efforts to cut emissions from its coal power plants by 60% by 2020 have been slowed, despite a massive initiative to build up the country’s wind energy infrastructure.”
Read the rest of the article at: http://engineering.cmu.edu/media/feature/2016/09_21_lam_china_wind.html
Stephanie’s dissertation was titled “Evaluating the Economic, Environmental and Policy Impacts of Ethanol as a Transportation Fuel in Pennsylvania.”