Renewable Energy and its Potential to Increase Domestic Energy Security

by Carolyn Mullen According to the EIA, the United States generated about four trillion kilowatthours of electricity in 2015, of which 7% was generated from renewable sources. [1] Even though most individuals know the environmental benefits of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower, the advantages these sources have for energy security are […]

Future of Peak Oil

by  Jessica E. Jones In 1956, Marion King Hubbert predicted the US’s oil production would continue to increase until eventually peaking between 1965 and 1970, and then steadily declining, following a bell curve distribution.  While controversial at the time, the US’s oil production did peak late 1970/early 1971 and steadily started to decline.  Hubbert’s prediction […]

Natural Gas and Renewables, A Partnership With Which Coal Can’t Compete

By Jeffrey Clark, In an ugly weekend for Texas football fans, the Longhorns were defeated by the West Virginia Mountaineers.  Sitting in the stadium, I reflected on our just-ended Presidential election in which energy issues – particularly the promise of a coal renaissance – played a major role.  I was struck by the bigger battle […]

Energy Storage: The More the Better

by James Kruszynski   Last year, globally averaged CO2 levels reached 400 parts per million[1] a level not seen in over four million years[2]. As we inch closer to the precipice, governments around the world are searching for ways to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions leading to explosive growth[3] in renewable sources of energy. One […]

Voting With Your Wallet: How U.S. Consumer Demand for Organic Products Has Shifted the Supply Strategy of Food Retailers

by Brianna Farr Blog Article: For food retailers, a tiny green and white label holds the key to a multi-billion-dollar market. Consumer demand for organic products has steadily increased in the past decade, leaving major food retailers competing to quickly shift their supply chains and bring organic foods to the masses as mainstream offerings.  The […]

Consolidation in global seed industry threatens agrobiodiversity

Susan Mackenzie Student in : Sustainable Food Systems AS 420.668.81 As American farmers grapple with lower crop prices and rising seed prices, they face the daunting prospect of further consolidation in the seed and agrochemical industries, which are currently dominated by only a handful of firms. This increasing dominance by only a few firms among […]

A Renewed Hope

by Tiziana Bottino, For the entire duration of his two terms, the Obama administration has bolstered the use of clean and renewable energy.  After the 2015 Paris agreement is set to enter into force on 4 November, the pressure to reduce CO2 emission from the second biggest emitter in the world will officially kick in.  […]

Puertorican power grid

by Juan Luz On my 25 years of life I have had the opportunity to live in three (3) countries (Colombia, Puerto Rico, USA). Thankfully to my family, I always was conscious of how my family and I used energy around the house. In Colombia for example, energy prices are pretty low since the major generation […]

Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change

If you are looking for a break from exam 1 preparation or to wind down afterwards, you may be interested in a webinar entitle “Attribution of Extreme Weather Events in the Context of Climate Change” by the National Academy of Sciences.  The webinar is Friday March 11 at 10 am The report will examine the current state of […]

Supreme Court: Demanding a Response to Demand Response

Supreme Court: Demanding a Response to Demand Response On January 25, 2016, the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-2 decision to uphold the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) regulation of demand response (DR) in wholesale markets. While FERC v. EPSA (Electric Power Supply Association) is a victory for demand response and energy conservation […]