Energy

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Redefining our Relationship to Energy

MSSM alum Diana McCarthy-Bercury (’16) traveled from New Haven, Connecticut to attend the MSSM program from 2012 to 2015. Diana is currently an Energy Efficiency Program Manager at Eversource, an electric and natural gas utility in New England, which specializes in energy services. She is determined to leave a mark by not leaving a mark.

by |April 27, 2017
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Microgrids: Taking Steps Toward the 21st Century Smart Grid

Microgrids, networks of linked energy sources that are connected to the main grid, but are able to operate independently if power is lost, are the building blocks of the 21st century smart grid. Why aren’t there more of them?

by |April 18, 2017
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Replacing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant with Energy Efficiency

Many people who are concerned about fossil fuels and climate change argue for nuclear power as a viable solution to carbon pollution. I am not one of those people.

by |March 6, 2017
Solar installations in China from space. Photo: NASA

Will China Take the Green Mantle From the U.S.?

While President Trump has promised to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, China’s President Xi Jinxing has vowed to continue to tackle climate change and honor his country’s obligations. Will China become the global leader in combating climate change?

by |March 3, 2017
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Tapping into Ocean Power

The oceans of the world are a vast unexploited source of clean, reliable and predictable renewable energy. Could this energy help replace fossil fuels and be a solution to climate change?

by |February 14, 2017
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Renewable Energy With or Without Climate Change

While renewable energy will go a long way to addressing the climate change issue, its development does not require a concern for climate change. The argument for renewable energy is that it is the logical next phase of technological development.

by |February 13, 2017
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Climate Change Under Trump: A Q&A with Michael Gerrard

For those who favor strong action on climate change, the election of Donald Trump is creating plenty of anxiety and concern. Will Trump set our efforts to curb climate change back? How can those who are concerned about climate change best fight back?

by |November 15, 2016
Photo: Jan Truter

Putting Garbage to Good Use with Waste-to-Energy

Burning garbage to produce electricity is a strategy for sustainable waste management that is finding favor in Europe and China. Why isn’t it practiced more in the U.S.?

by |October 18, 2016
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Solar New York

Governor Cuomo has set the goal that in less than a decade and a half, 50% of New York State’s energy will come from renewable resources. To some, that goal seems to be a stretch, but the chatter I’m starting to hear indicates we might even do better.

by |October 3, 2016
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Biofuels And Jet Travel

Global communication and global travel have transformed economic life in our world and have been important tools in improving quality of life for many. They have transformed our world’s culture in ways that we do not yet fully understand. Let’s take the first small steps in building the technology and business models most appropriate to a renewable resource-based sustainable economy.

by |September 26, 2016