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August 23, 2014

The following is an editorial from the Boston Globe:

Nuclear test facility at UW-Madison

August 22, 2014

The Department of Energy recently announced a $67 million investment in advanced nuclear technology, including a total of about $4 million in grants for research and infrastructure at UW-Madison.

Dane Morgan

August 21, 2014

Photo by David Nevala

In the United States, the start of 2014 marked the end of an era—the “death” of incandescent light bulbs. Not that all 40- and 60-watt incandescent light bulbs simultaneously stopped working on January 1, 2014, but their manufacture in the U.S. was banned for not meeting stricter energy-efficiency standards. This move follows similar initiatives being put in place around the world since 2004.

Soil Carbon & the Global Carbon Balance, A Primer

August 14, 2014

If you’ve ever spread manure over your field or garden, you’ve probably already got a basic understanding of the role of carbon in enhancing yield and promoting soil quality. A vital soil component, soil carbon provides plant nutrients and determines many of the soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties.

August 11, 2014

Associate researcher Paul Meier was asked to review what impact the new EPA carbon emission rules might have on West Virginia in particular by Politifact. You can find his quotes in the full article »

Is President Barack Obama poised to stop any more coal from burning in the United States?

August 05, 2014

A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has identified the genes and enzymes that create a promising compound — the 19 carbon furan-containing fatty acid (19Fu-FA). The compound has a variety of potential uses as a biological alternative for compounds currently derived from fossil fuels.

August 05, 2014

MILWAUKEEAug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials from the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) joined Wisconsin Governor Scott WalkerMilwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and other key leaders today to formally unveil plans for the new Energy Innovation Center (EIC), a facility that will accelerate the development of innovative technology in the energy, power and control industry.

August 01, 2014

As production of shale gas soars, the industry's effects on nature and wildlife remain largely unexplored, according to a study by a group of conservation biologists published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on August 1.

August 01, 2014

As production of shale gas soars, the industry's effects on nature and wildlife remain largely unexplored, according to a study by a group of conservation biologists published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment on August 1.

Transforming the Grid from the Distribution System Out

July 25, 2014

Declining prices, coupled with tax incentives, are driving increased use of distributed energy resources. This creates a challenge for a traditional electrical transmission and distribution system that was not designed for flexible load tracking and large numbers of distributed energy resources. The authors propose a new dynamic distribution system that has the responsibility of tracking load fluctuations, firming intermittent renewables and providing a distribution-level marketplace.

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