October 24, 2014
You might say that trying to predict the future is a little like nailing Jell-O to the wall — in some cases without a hammer. That’s no less true when it comes to energy policy. Yesterday’s peak-oil, hair-on-fire energy crisis can easily morph into today’s fracking-fueled, cheap-gas energy surge.
But that doesn’t mean our world doesn’t face some keen energy-related challenges, or that population trends aren’t requiring cities to rethink their approach to a sustainable energy future.
July 11, 2013
Last month, President Barack Obama unveiled a Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and slow the effects of climate change. Wisconsin Energy Institute Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis Gary Radloff shares his insights about what the plan contains and how it might affect change.
Q: What are the key points of the new plan?
July 02, 2013
July 02, 2013
A discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may represent a significant advance in the quest to create a "hydrogen economy" that would use this abundant element to store and transfer energy.
June 18, 2013
In an approach that could challenge silicon as the predominant photovoltaic cell material, University of Wisconsin-Madison materials engineers have developed an inexpensive solar cell that exploits carbon nanotubes to absorb and convert energy from the sun.
June 12, 2013
In a state rich with beer-making history, UW-Madison scientists are getting to the bottom of an age-old fermentation puzzle that could enlighten both brewers and biofuel researchers.
June 06, 2013
The potential energy available via solar power might seem limitless on a sunny summer day, but all that energy has to be stored for it to be truly useful. If you see a solar panel on a rooftop, in a large-scale array, or even on a parking meter, a bulky battery or supercapacitor is hidden just out of sight, receiving energy from the panel through power lines.
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.
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?