Our piece on "An integrated approach for estimating greenhouse gas emissions from 100 U.S. metropolitan areas" has been selected as an "Editor's Featured Article"!
You can see this and other feature articles at: http://iopscience.iop.org/collection/10/1?collectionType=FEATURED_ARTICLES&journal=1748-9326&subject=&online_date=all
Congratulations to Sam Markolf, Scott Mathhews and Chris Hendrickson who were also co-authors in this piece!
Our paper ‘Known unknowns: indirect energy effects of information and communication technology’ selected by our Editors to feature in the Highlights of 2016 collection from Environmental Research Letters (ERL): erl.iop.org/highlights-2016!
Congratulations to Nathaniel Horner, and Arman Sehabi, who were co-authors on this piece!
Today we are launching our Power Sector Carbon Index! Check it out at https://emissionsindex.org!
The Power Sector Carbon Index provides an estimate of the carbon dioxide (CO2) intensity of the U.S. power sector using publicly available data sources. Carbon intensity is measured in pounds of CO2 per Megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity.
What is the carbon intensity? See below!
“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
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
Her participation led to the publication of a report on Characterizing Risk in Climate Change Assessments: Proceedings of a Workshop for the U.S. Global Change Research Program that can be read or downloaded as a free PDF via the following link: http://www.nap.edu/23569.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in collaboration with experts at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and Northwestern, today released our latest analysis of electricity used by data centers in the US. Surprisingly, electricity use in data centers has been roughly flat since the financial crisis with little growth projected to 2020, even though delivery of computing services has been increasing rapidly. As Iâ€™ve argued for years, the level of inefficiency in enterprise data center facilities leaves lots of room for improvement, and the market is finally getting that message. Read the rest of the article by Jonathan Koomey, “Surprise!: US data center electricity use has been growing slowly for years“
Dr. Inês Azevedo, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Co-Director, Climate and Energy Decision Making Center, Carnegie Mellon University provides an “Andy Talk” (20 minutes or less) on Energy Pathways, Policies, and Decisions during Carnegie Mellon’s Energy Week 2016.