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Microgrid research at the Wisconsin Energy Institute, featuring the high-bay lab, dynamometer, load emulators and an electric vehicle.

June 05, 2013

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has its first high-bay lab inside the recently completed Wisconsin Energy Institute building. This specially designed lab will help test and demonstrate integrated energy systems, and explore what role microgrids can play in creating a smartgrid energy future.

June 02, 2013

Third-party financing, use of farm waste could turn tide, Wisconsin Energy Institute report says

Home to some of the last coal-fired power plants that may ever be built in the United States, Wisconsin has erected too many barriers to cleaner energy sources and fallen behind many Midwest neighbors in a sector with an 8% global growth rate.

Kaylan Bailey, recent Certificate in Engineering for Energy Sustainability graduate

May 30, 2013

What do Snap-on Tools, Virginia Tech and Tanzania have in common? An energy certificate from UW-Madison. 

As the energy industry evolves to adapt to new technologies and environmental concerns, it requires an informed workforce with the ability and experience to apply their knowledge right away. This year, 20 University of Wisconsin–Madison graduates find themselves better equipped with unique skill sets that are helping them become tomorrow’s energy leaders. 

May 23, 2013

$3.93 per gallon. 16-gallon tank. $62.88 to fill up. This is common math for holiday drivers who grudgingly foot the bill. The AAA estimates that 31.2 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day. Many will direct their frustration at station owners, oil companies or the government. But what factors cause these summer price spikes?

Paul Wilson

May 21, 2013

‘Nuclear’ is a powerful word that evokes images ranging from energy production to scheming Bond villains. Nuclear energy provides 70 percent of low-emissions electricity in the United States, yet there is much academic, social, and political debate concerning its safety and sustainability. 

May 20, 2013

A UW-Madison PhD student in Entomology, Rachel Mallinger investigates how the 600-700 species of bees native to Wisconsin may be affected by changes in the landscape. 

April 25, 2013

A new report warns that Wisconsin’s economic competitiveness could be at risk if the state doesn’t diversify its electricity sources.

The Badger State is already burdened by the second highest electricity prices in the Midwest, with only Michigan customers paying more on average.

April 23, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Madison chemists have identified an approach to use oxygen gas to convert lignin, a byproduct of biofuel production, into a form that could allow it to replace fossil fuels as a source of chemical feedstocks.

April 22, 2013

As the nation recognizes Earth Day on April 22, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is celebrating ongoing strides toward improving campus sustainability.

April 18, 2013

The University of Wisconsin celebrated the opening of a new home for energy research on campus in the Wisconsin Energy Institute with a symposium, tours and hands-on activities over the weekend.

The two-day event began with a symposium Friday highlighting the energy research that will occur in the new facility. As part of a day of family-friendly events, WEI hosted tours throughout the building and hands-on activities involving energy. Experts answered questions regarding the institute’s goals for students and community members at the event.

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