• Microgrids photo by Robyn Meeks
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    Can Microgrids Enable Macro Development?

    Microgrids could provide power to hundreds of millions, but research on how to overcome implementation barriers is lacking. A blog post for The Brookings Institution co-authored by Rob Fetter discusses how to fill that gap.

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  • Forests image by pexels.com/Brandon Montrone
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    Putting America's Forests to Work on Climate Change

    Today’s climate crisis calls for a significant investment in America’s forests, writes Rubenstein Fellow and Nicholas Institute collaborator Robert Bonnie in an op-ed for The Hill.

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  • Getting to Yes

    Getting to Yes

    Wondering how to “get to yes” on state carbon pricing? A new policy brief by Climate & Energy Program Director Kate Konschnik explores steps states might consider.

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    Catalyst Program

    Now in its third year, the Catalyst Program aims to build on the Nicholas Institute’s mission by increasing engagement with Duke faculty to incubate and advance new partnerships, enhance policy-relevant knowledge, and create innovative policy solutions based on new creative synergies.

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  • Internet of Water
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    Internet of Water

    What if we could harness more data to make better informed decisions? The Internet of Water seeks to fundamentally change how we manage water by improving access to more water data for real-time decision-making.

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Students Perform First Carbon Regulation Analysis of Petroleum Refinery Sector

Even before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its plan, in June 2014, to regulate emissions from existing power plants, the door appeared to open for a similar effort in other sectors, including petroleum refining. Three Duke University students led by staff from Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Clean Energy Durham set out to investigate whether policies for regulating carbon emissions from electric-generating units (EGUs) might be translatable to a greenhouse gas (GHG) performance standard for refineries.