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December 8, 2014

Energy Innovation Doesn't Just Happen: How Government Policies Destroyed and Regenerated the U.S. Wind Turbine Industry, Twice

The Energy Collective

CMU's Inês Azevedo co-authors this article outlining the lessons learned from wind policy history as the world looks to incentivize development of other energy technologies. More »

November 23, 2014

Will cutting carbon kill coal? Only if the industry fails to adapt

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CMU's Ed Rubin outlines how the energy industry can develop new technologies that are economically viable while also successful in achieving long-term cuts in carbon emissions. More »

October 21, 2014

Carnegie Mellon: Bigger may not be better with battery makers

CMU researchers have found that when it comes to lowering the cost of batteries for cars, developing mass production factories for their fabrication might not achieve lower costs as predicted. More »

October 21, 2014

Is There Room for Agreement on the Merits and Limits of Efficient Lighting

The New York Times

CMU's Inês Azevedo comments on the importance of LED light innovations that were recently honored with the Nobel Prize. More »

October 21, 2014

Energy Storage Is Preventing Blackouts But Its High Cost Is Impeding Progress

CMU's Jay Whitacre, founder of Aquion Energy, comments on the costs of energy storage. More »

October 19, 2014

Large-scale batteries are integral in shift to renewable energy

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

CMU's Gabriela Hug comments on energy costs and storage issues. CMU spin-off Aquion Energy, which makes large-scale batteries, is also referenced. More »

October 15, 2014

Study: Natural Gas Surge Won't Slow Global Warming

Associated Press

CMU's Granger Morgan says the study - which concludes that increasing natural gas use will keep cleaner technologies, such as wind and solar, from being used more - undercuts the argument "that cheap abundant gas will serve as a bridge to a low-carbon future." More »

October 15, 2014

How to control (or not) climate change in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Three CMU professors - Peter Adams, Neil Donahue and Kelly Klima - took part in a climate change discussion called "Building a More Resilient Pittsburgh." More »

October 15, 2014

CMU's Lee Branstetter Addresses UN Climate Change Convention

Lee Branstetter

Professor Branstetter provided the opening presentation on "National innovation systems and innovation in climate-friendly technologies" in Bonn, Germany. Watch Video »

October 7, 2014

Electrified, but without electricity

The Hindu

Rahul Tongia

CMU's Rahul Tongia comments on India's power supply system. More »

September 26, 2014

Certainties, Uncertainties and Choices with Global Warming

The New York Times

This blog features an open letter from nine CMU faculty, who propose that the crucial question for climate policy is what policy actions should be undertaken now, in the face of uncertainties around climate science. More »

September 23, 2014

Is Energy the New Steel?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Karen Clay

CMU's Karen Clay participated in a panel discussion to consider whether energy might be the 21st century equivalent of steel in the Pittsburgh regional economy. Watch video »

September 18, 2014

The hidden leaks of Pennsylvania's abandoned oil and gas wells

The Guardian

Austin Mitchell

CMU's Austin Mitchell, who co-authored a study on the economics of abandoned wells, comments on the cost of plugging leaking oil and gas wells. More »

September 17, 2014

Think nationally, act regionally to advance potential of shale gas

The Hill

CMU's Deborah Stine provides recommendations for U.S. lawmakers to address a number of infrastructure and policy issues surrounding shale gas. More »

September 16, 2014

Carbon-capture technology works, but cost is still prohibitive

The Seattle Times

Professor Ed Rubin comments on the increased costs associated with building and operating a natural gas power plant that is equipped with carbon capture technologies. More »

September 15, 2014

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

The New York Times

CMU's Jay Apt comments on new market rules that could help keep energy costs reasonable. More »

September 2, 2014

Just Released: New Policymaker Guide on Next-Generation Innovative Energy Technologies

Innovative Energy Technologies: The Next GenerationRead the latest guide outlining technologies developed at CMU that have the ability to enhance energy generation and consumption. More »

August 18, 2014

Huge utility line upgrade faces opposition

Newsday / Associated Press

Jay Apt

CMU's Jay Apt comments on the effect of natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale on energy prices. More »

August 5, 2014

Wildfires And Global Warming: Brown Carbon Also a Factor

International Business Times

Research from CMU scientists informs how future climate models should factor in brown carbon. More »

July 30, 2014

CMU's Jay Apt Testifies at Hearing on Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

The Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule outlines ways in which states can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that operate by combusting fossil fuels. It provides goals for each state to help the U.S. significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2020. Professor Apt's testimony focuses on innovations and strategy for existing power plants. More »

July 22, 2014

Energy and America's Future

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited CMU to lead a public meeting on natural gas and its role in America's energy future. The DOE forum, part of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) established earlier this year by U.S. President Barack Obama, was hosted on CMU's Pittsburgh campus by the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. More »

July 21, 2014

Corralling Carbon Before It Belches From Stack

The New York Times

Jay Apt

CMU's Ed Rubin comments on reducing carbon emissions. More »

July 21, 2014

Behind the scenes of Aquion Energy’s battery factory & the future of solar storage

Aquion Energy, founded by CMU faculty member Jay Whitacre, produces ultra-simple, low-cost and non-toxic batteries made from a combination of salt water, carbon and manganese oxide. More »

July 11, 2014

Public opinion on climate change: Is the glass half-full or half-empty for policymakers?

The Hill

Professor Deborah Stine analyzes several U.S. public opinion polls on climate change. More »

July 1, 2014

How EPA's Carbon Rule is Both Tax and Subsidy

Professor Granger Morgan comments on how natural gas, while less carbon-intensive than coal, is not a silver bullet when it comes to decarbonizing the economy and mitigating climate change. More »

June 29, 2014

What Would It Take To Decarbonize The Energy System?

CMU's Lee Branstetter and Granger Morgan presented their thoughts about decarbonizing global energy systems at an event hosted by the Peterson Institute for International Economics. More »

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June 18, 2014

Why Congress Should Fund Social Science

The Hill

CMU's Deborah Stine comments on why Congress should fund social science. More »

May 28, 2014

A Pushback on Green Power

The New York Times

Jay Apt

Jay Apt, director of CMU's Electricity Industry Center, comments on renewable portfolio standards in the U.S. More »

May 22, 2014

Four Innovation Trends That Could Change The Way We Design Roads By 2020

CMU's Surtrac (Scalable Urban Traffic Control) has reduced travel time by 25 percent and vehicular emissions by 21 percent in its current deployment area in Pittsburgh. More »

May 8, 2014

Energy Industry Rife With Opportunities But Labors To Find Skilled Workforce

This article about workforce issues in the energy industry includes Aquion Energy, founded by CMU's Jay Whitacre. It mentions that CMU is "a cornerstone for energy battery technologies." More »

May 8, 2014



CMU's Pulkit Grover recently was awarded a five-year, $600,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which he'll use for research aimed at reducing energy in data center communication networks. Grover's goal is to understand how communication systems and computation systems interact and how to minimize the total energy required for transmitting and receiving information. He predicts that energy consumption can be reduced by a factor of 10, or more, in some of these systems. More »

May 1, 2014

Aquion gearing up for battery production

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Aquion Energy, founded by CMU's Jay Whitacre, is fine-tuning its sodium ion battery production line and getting ready to ramp up production in the second half of 2014. More »

May 1, 2014

City extends smart traffic technology in the East End

Pittsburgh Business Times

The city of Pittsburgh and CMU are expanding a network of high-tech traffic signals that monitor flow and instantly react, changing their timing to move vehicles through intersections more efficiently. The system currently deployed across 18 intersections has cut vehicle wait times by 42 percent, travel times by 24 percent and vehicle emissions by 21 percent. More »

April 21, 2014

Ice or Molten Salt, Not Batteries, to Store Energy

The New York Times

CMU’s Jay Apt comments on the feasibility of storage efforts aimed at transforming the electric grid towards a cleaner, more sustainable, low-emissions model. More »

April 21, 2014

Apple's ‘green guru’ reports worse carbon footprint on same day she releases 'Better' video

Upstart Business Journal


CMU’s H. Scott Matthews comments on Apple's carbon footprint and the company's efforts to measure it accurately. More »

April 18 2014

The Pittsburgh startup that has big plans for batteries

The Guardian

Founded by CMU’s Jay Whitacre, Aquion Energy is working to develop a more sustainable battery. The company recently won the Katerva Award for energy and power. More »

April 2, 2014

Company founded by CMU alumni wins 2014 Popular Science Invention Award

Popular Science

CMU alumni Matt Stanton and Hahna Alexander were honored with the invention of the year award from Popular Science magazine. Their removable shoe insole charges electronics while you walk. More »

April 8, 2014

CMU Researchers Develop Dashboard To Help Reduce Energy Use in Office Buildings

Ray Yun, a doctoral student in CMU's School of Architecture, has developed a dashboard that shows office workers how much energy their plugged-in devices are consuming. Yun is showing the potential of his team's work to save energy nationwide. More »

April 2014

Can Coal Ever Be Clean?

National Geographic

CMU's Ed Rubin comments on the potential impact that carbon capture provides as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More »

March 24—28, 2014

Scott Institute Faculty Member Tours Canadian Energy Sites

Scott Institute Blog

Deborah Stine, Associate Director of Policy Outreach for CMU's Scott Institute, blogged throughout her tour of Canadian energy sites in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Follow her perspectives at the Scott Institute blog. More »

March 25, 2014

Switching on: Installing LED streetlights to save Pennsylvania taxpayers money

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This blog mentions a 2011 CMU study found outdoor public lighting systems could account for 40 percent of a city's electricity use. The study also estimated that LED lighting requires 50-90 percent less energy to operate. More »

March 19, 2014

Aquion to Begin Commercial Battery Shipments This Year, CEO Says


Founded by CMU's Jay Whitacre, Aquion Energy is manufacturing saltwater-based batteries near Pittsburgh. More »

March 16, 2014

In Mississippi, a power plant is designed to shape the future of coal

Los Angeles Times

Ed Rubin

CMU's Ed Rubin comments on the business of developing technology that makes coal-burning power plants cleaner and more socially acceptable. More »

March 14, 2014

Putting the ‘estimate’ back in estimates

Harvard Gazette

Granger Morgan has spent his career investigating climate change and the energy system. During a recent lecture, he explained that uncertainty in forecasting energy prices is due to the difficulty in predicting which direction many variables will take, such as policy decisions, new technologies and consumer choices. More »

March 7, 2014

EQT gifts CMU $1M for energy and environmental research

Pittsburgh Business Times

The gift will sponsor university-wide seed grants for research in a number of interconnected areas around energy, particularly those dealing with natural gas. More »

March 3, 2014

Cohon to direct Scott Institute

The Tartan

Cohon’s leadership of the Scott Institute is a testament to his belief in CMU and the importance of energy research at the university. More »

February 18, 2014

Storing the Sun

MIT Technology Review


Aquion Energy, founded by CMU's Jay Whitacre, is nearing full-scale production of a new kind of battery that could make renewable electricity more practical and economical around the world. More »

February 18, 2014

CMU Names Cohon New Director of Scott Institute


Carnegie Mellon University has named President Emeritus and University Professor Jared L. Cohon the director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. He will assume the post on July 1. More »

February 10, 2014

Scott Institute Announces Second Round of Seed Grants to Researchers

Seed grants will help fund seven new research initiatives at CMU. More »

February 6, 2014

Newsmaker: M. Granger Morgan

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Scott Institute Director Granger Morgan will present a paper at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. His work is focused on energy systems and climate change. More »

February 5, 2014

San Jose power station attack raises wider security concerns, news report says

The Washington Post


Granger Morgan, director of the Scott Institute and chair of a National Research Council report on threats to the U.S. electrical grid, is quoted. More »

January 23, 2014

E.V.'s Could Be Key Part of a Changing Electrical Grid

The New York Times


The research of CMU's Jeremy Michalek is featured in this story. It found that charging an electric car at a certain time could save money in the long run. More »

January 23, 2014

Startup Thinks Its Battery Will Solve Renewable Energy's Big Flaw

MIT Technology Review


Aquion Energy, founded by CMU's Jay Whitacre, has finished installing its first commercial-scale production line at its factory near Pittsburgh, and is sending out batteries for customers to evaluate. More »

January 21, 2014

CMU Students Develop Wireless Solutions to Save on Lighting Costs

Pittsburgh Business Times

Four CMU students—Dillon Grove, Mike Ferraco, Nathan Hahn, and Jon Miller—have created the GreenLight Project, an energy-reducing product that offsets the amount of electric lighting needed to properly light a space based on available natural lighting. More »

January 17, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Novel Tools To Make Mobile Devices More Energy Efficient

Two CMU professors—Jeyanandh Paramesh and Pulkit Grover—are building novel tools and systems designed to reduce the energy use of mobile devices. More »

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