Inês Azevedo provided a Colloquium titled "Understanding the Uncertainties in Consequences of Climate Change for the United States Power Sector Infrastructure when Considering a Realistic Mitigation Pace and Adaptation Needs" at ETH Zurich's Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science on the health, environmental and climate change effects of different interventions in the U.S. Electricity Grid. Given the broad audience of her seminars, other institutes and organizations have also requested additional seminars in the subject matter for the upcoming December.
Dr. Inês Azevedo, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Co-Director, Climate and Energy Decision Making Center, Carnegie Mellon University provides an "Andy Talk" (20 minutes or less) on Energy Pathways, Policies, and Decisions during Carnegie Mellon's Energy Week 2016. https://youtu.be/VuVjOxFddc4
Energy Bite is a weekly 90 second radio program where listeners can learn about energy innovation opportunities and challenges related to every day life. Inês was featured in episodes 138 and 139. Listen to the first of the series, at left. All of the sessions are available at https://energybite.org/2016/.
Over 30 CEDM affiliates presented or moderated at the 33rd Annual USAEE conference, including Inês Azevedo and her students. Four out of the thirteen posters accepted to the conference were from Inês' students. She moderated the session on Electric Vehicles: Studies on Pollution, Consumers, and Policies and was a co-author on nine of the presented. Brock Glasgo won the award for Best Poster and Nathaniel Horner won the award for Best Case Competition.
Pictured left to right: Julian Lamy, Ines Azevedo, Alan Jenn, Ledran Lesic
"What are the options? How do we build a decarbonized world? Ines Azevedo studies both the logistics and repercussions of energy systems. She looks beyond the solutions themselves to examine the results, in terms of policy feasibility, consumer behavior and total carbon emissions. To her, it is clear that the priorities for change need to be those that will be centralized and long lasting. To that end, 'It's easier to change several thousand power plants than millions of cars - though to solve the climate problem we will ultimately need to tackle both.'"
From the article: "According to a new lifecycle analysis by a team at Carnegie Mellon University, a battery electric vehicle (BEV) powered with natural gas-based electricity achieves around an average 40% lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction when compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), either with a 30- or 60-km range, when powered by natural gas electricity, have the second lowest average emissions. Both BEVs and PHEVs provide large (more than 20%) emissions reductions compared to conventional gasoline, but none of them is a dominant strategy when compared to gasoline hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), the team found."
The article by Robert Fares highlights my recent work: "While there is no doubt that energy storage can help integrate renewable energy with the grid, a recent study by Eric Hittinger of the Rochester Institute of Technology and Inês Azevedo of Carnegie Mellon University indicates that bulk energy storage would most likely increase total U.S. electricity system emissions if it were installed today, because it would typically store electricity generated from fossil fuels rather than renewable sources." Read the rest here.
A new study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers finds that in some regions of the United States electric vehicles have the smallest carbon footprint, but in other regions, hybrids do. Carnegie Mellon Professor of Engineering and Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering Jeremy Michalek, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy Inês Azevedo and University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Chris Hendrickson, together with Mili-Ann Tamayao, a professor at the University of the Philippines who earned his Ph.D. in engineering at CMU, studied carbon dioxide emissions of different vehicles in different regions. Read the full story here.
My former PhD student and postdoc Dr. Ahmed Abdullah, has just started a new postdoc position at UC San Diego! Sincerest congratulations Ahmed!
My former PhD student Dr. Alan Jenn, has just started a new postdoc position at UC Davis! Congratulations Alan!
My former PhD student Dr. Russell Meyer, has just switched jobs and joined the NMR Group, based in Boston, as Quantitative Analyst doing energy efficiency program evaluation! Congratulations Russ!
My former PhD student Dr. Ivonne Peña has just joined NREL where she will be working on issues related to the integration of wind and solar! Warm congratulations Ivonne! Ivonne Peña is currently an Electric Systems Modeler at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. She is a part of the Transmission Grid Integration Group (TGIG), under the Power Systems Engineering Center (PSE), working with Bri-Mathias Hodge and Carlo Brancucci Martínez-Anido. Ivonne is performing production-cost analysis of the ISO New England transmission grid, the IEEE 18 bus-test system and the Western Interconnect System under different renewable energy penetration scenarios.
My student Julian Lamy is currently interning as a summer scholar for DOE's ARPA-E program: Congrats Julian, it should be a great experience!
A paper recently published by Jeremy Michalek, Chris Hendrickson, and Ines Azevedo, titled "Regional Variability and Uncertainty of Electric Vehicle Life Cycle CO2 Emissions across the United States" was recently featured in Torque News. The study shows that the all-electric Nissan LEAF emits less CO2 than the Toyota Prius Plug-in and the Chevrolet Volt.