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April 08, 2014

As UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell prepares to move to Marquette University, he's not ruling out recreating a research partnership similar to a successful one between UWM and Johnson Controls. 

On Monday, Lovell and Johnson Controls' MaryAnn Wright told attendees at the Wisconsin Tech Summit about the existing partnership, which has generated seven patents, drawn more than $35 million in federal grant money and has created a path for promising UWM students to become Johnson Controls scientists. 

University climate change competition to begin Friday

April 04, 2014

University of Wisconsin students will have the chance to compete for climate change in the university’s Climate Change Solutions Initiative, which begins Friday.

Over the course of the competition, teams of students will attempt to find new tools to mitigate climate change or find new ways to adapt to it, according to a university statement. The UW Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the Global Health Institute, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the Wisconsin Energy Institute will lead the competition.

Wind turbines near Oshkosh, WI. Photo: Kemon01 (CC-BY-NC-SA)

March 28, 2014

Renewable energy advocates say changes in state energy policy would bring more energy jobs to the state, and more reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Wisconsin now trails all other Midwest states in megawatts generated by wind turbines. Jeff Anthony of the American Wind Energy Association says other states continue to ramp up their wind energy sector, while growth has slowed here.

March 28, 2014

One of the biggest trends in sustainable power nationally is solar and finance companies — rather than homeowners or businesses — paying the upfront cost for solar panels.

A bill just introduced in Madison aims to get Wisconsin on that bandwagon. The bill isn't going to pass but was introduced to get the conversation started on an issue that is strongly opposed by state utilities.

March 27, 2014

One of the biggest trends in sustainable power nationally is solar and finance companies — rather than homeowners or businesses — paying the upfront cost for solar panels.

A bill just introduced in Madison aims to get Wisconsin on that bandwagon. The bill isn't going to pass but was introduced to get the conversation started on an issue that is strongly opposed by state utilities.

February 21, 2014

Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into energy we can use on demand. The sun can also drive reactions to create chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, that can in turn power cars, trucks and trains.

February 10, 2014

As the evidence for global climate change continues to mount, students are becoming increasingly aware that the implications of a more extreme climate are vast and, as are the opportunities for a coming generation to combat them.

In recent years, as environmental issues have become more central to the public eye, opportunities for students at the University of Wisconsin to pursue degrees in environmental sustainability have greatly increased, Tracey Holloway, an associate professor of environmental studies, said.

February 06, 2014

The Charter Street Heating Plant is responsible for keeping the 65,000 people who work and study on campus in more than 300 buildings comfortable.
Wisconsin Energy Institute Welcomes Mary Blanchard

January 23, 2014

UW-Madison got a boost this week in its efforts to lead the world in clean energy research. Mary Blanchard, a biofuels industry professional and former executive at Virent, Inc., joined the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) as the new associate director. Blanchard, whose career portfolio spans business development, industrial and governmental relations and marketing, makes a promising addition to the WEI.

Interview: Wisconsin Energy Institute expert says state lags in renewable standards

January 21, 2014

The Legislature is making some minor changes to the state's renewable portfolio standards, which require that by 2015 regulated utilities provide 10 percent of their energy from green sources like wind, solar, hydro-electric, manure, and biomass. 

But what the Wisconsin really needs is a major overhaul of utility regulations that would encourage utility investment in alternative energy and new technology, according to Gary Radloff, Midwest energy policy analysis director at the UW-Madison Wisconsin Energy Institute. 

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