November 20, 2014
In June of 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its first ever guidelines for reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants. Called the Clean Power Plan, it proposes cutting carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 emission levels by 2030.
Due to the highly variable nature of the U.S. energy system, the Clean Power Plan frames the power sector’s carbon pollution as a problem best solved by implementing an array of local, state-based solutions. What those regional solutions will be is the topic of ongoing discussion.
May 20, 2014
The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison received Project of the Year and Best Green-Built honors for its dedication to sustainability in design, construction and functionality at this year's Commercial Design Awards.
May 14, 2014
In the words of one of our CDA judges, Madison is a town that’s “on fire” when it comes to quality commercial developments. As the local commercial construction industry continues to recover from a devastating recession, the quality of projects in this, the seventh annual Commercial Design Awards program, is representative of a healthier and more creative industry.
May 08, 2014
Starting with the banning of incandescent light bulbs, energy as we know it is in the process of change in 2014. Topics such as energy independence, natural gas and Wisconsin’s clean energy policy are all themes to look to this year.
Greg Nemet, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Environmental Studies, and Gary Radloff, Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, are both experts in energy who shared some thoughts about the changing energy landscape.
May 08, 2014
MADISON, May 5, 2014- A new laboratory at the Wisconsin Energy Institute on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will help researchers collaborate and develop the future of energy storage technology, using equipment donated by Johnson Controls.
The donation announced today includes state-of-the-art battery testing technology, which will allow students, faculty and engineers to study and optimize energy storage systems. The research will enable manufacturers to build systems that utilize battery power more efficiently.
May 07, 2014
On May 5, 2014 Johnson Controls and the Wisconsin Energy Instiute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison held a news conference in Madison to announce an energy storage research collaboration.
May 07, 2014
A May 6th, 2014 panel discussion on Wisconsin's Renewable Energy Standard hosted by Steve Walters, senior producer WisconsinEye. Panelists:
May 05, 2014
Madison — While scientists in Milwaukee research the best chemistries for next-generation car batteries, another partnership between Johnson Controls and the University of Wisconsin-Madison is looking at how next-generation batteries fit in the bigger energy picture.
Company officials joined engineers and students at UW-Madison Monday to unveil an Advanced Systems Test Lab inside the Wisconsin Energy Institute building that opened last year on campus.
May 02, 2014
The energy crisis is not only an American problem but also a global problem. What will happen when fossil fuels run out? Can our planet and its inhabitants even survive the constant burning of these fossil fuels? The University of Wisconsin-Madison doesn’t want to wait around to find out. Their skilled energy researchers and scientists are scattered around multiple colleges and in more than twenty campus buildings to find an answer to these questions.
April 29, 2014
Eleanor Bloom used the method of any good engineer to find her niche in college: trial and error. But it didn’t take long for her to discover the common thread that would guide her efforts throughout college – environmentalism.
Bloom, now a University of Wisconsin–Madison junior, explains that her father works for the Environmental Protection Agency and that she grew up in a family that highly valued environmental consciousness. Today, those values greatly influence Bloom’s current pursuits.
April 29, 2014
Three University of Wisconsin-Madison professors have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors conferred on American scientists and engineers, the organization announced Tuesday.
James Dumesic, professor of chemical engineering, Samuel Gellman, professor of chemistry, and Margaret McFall-Ngai, professor of medical microbiology and immunology, are among 84 new members elected to the 151-year-old academy. Fellows are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.