Energy clean sweep

Powering the massive deployment of a low-carbon technology mix
Global warming has the energy sector in an innovation arms race, demanding adaptations along two fronts: those prompted by the effects of climate change, and those needed to limit climate change. The latter, says Greg Nemet, will require the strongest force.…More »

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Scaling up without heating up
February 29, 2016
Consider these numbers: 9 billion, 25 trillion and 2. These are, respectively, the projected human population by mid-century, the expected growth in global electricity demand in kilowatt-hours between now and then, and the increase in global warming, in degrees Celsius, that the recent Paris climate accord sets as a safe limit. …More »
Solar disruption
February 29, 2016
Solar energy and other renewable sources of electricity generation are surging, with 2015 surpassing records for added capacity at state, national and global levels. In the United States, more than 7 gigawatts of solar power came online last year. Wisconsin added a record 7 megawatts to that total. …More »
Power apprentices
February 29, 2016
The demand for increasingly efficient, environmentally friendly energy is expanding, and with that comes a need for trained experts, ready to tackle a rapidly changing field and balance the tradeoffs of today’s multifaceted energy landscape. Enter the Nelson Institute’s Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) certificate. …More »
'Drive forward and be inspired'
February 29, 2016
The EAP program helps students from any background think about energy in an interdisciplinary way, which Olivia Sanderfoot believes has broadened her outlook on important energy issues. …More »
Plant-powered pipeline
February 29, 2016
Momentum, it seems, might finally be on renewable energy’s side. The landmark global climate agreement signed by 196 countries in Paris this past December could help hasten a historic shift away from the use of fossil fuels and toward "clean” or low-carbon energy. And yet how to make such a complex transformation is still the subject of contention, and ongoing research. …More »
Catalyst of discovery
February 29, 2016
Pick an energy challenge facing our world and there’s likely a lab ticking away at solutions on the UW-Madison campus, whether from the perspective of technology, policy, economics or social impact. The result: cross-cutting, high-impact efforts that advance clean, efficient and cost-effective energy solutions. …More »
Investing in Nelson
February 29, 2016
With an eye toward 2020 – the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – the Nelson Institute announces the Earth Day 2020 legacy campaign to secure the future of the institute's annual conference and honor Gaylord Nelson. …More »
First person: 'A forever-transformed tree hugger,' McKinney seeks equity through sustainability
February 29, 2016
"There used to be a time when I vehemently professed that I was not a tree hugger. For all practical purposes, that’s what I understood sustainability to mean: recycle, save water, plant trees and turn the lights off when not in use," writes alumna Mia McKinney. …More »
Alumni Notes
March 1, 2016
Updates from the careers and lives of alumni; first recipients of Environmental Conservation professional master’s degree are already making an impact. …More »

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