Events

Date
Sunday, January 6 to Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Location
Sanford School of Public Policy, 201 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Mobilizing Technology and Business Models to Close the Energy Gap

Globally, 1.1 billion people around the world lack basic electricity, and billions more lack access to the reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy systems that form the backbone of job creation and broader economic growth. How this shortfall is addressed over the coming decades will have resounding impacts on broader development outcomes, the environment, and U.S. and global security. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Duke University Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Energy Access Project at Duke University will host the 2019 Winter Forum "Mobilizing Technology and Business Models to Close the Energy Gap" on Sunday, January 6, 2019, to Tuesday, January 8, 2019. 

From solar and batteries to telecom and mobile money, technology is enabling new approaches and business models for solving the energy access challenge. Duke students can apply to scale-up their knowledge, sharpen their story-telling, and unleash their creativity in a competition for solutions to end global energy poverty. Applications are accepted August 27 to October 5 (deadline extended).

For more information, visit the Winter Forum website.

Date & Time
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Environmental Hall, 9 Circuit Drive, Durham, North Carolina
Quantifying the Rebound Effects of Residential Solar Panel Adoption

Yueming (Lucy) Qui, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park, will present "Quantifying the Rebound Effects of Residential Solar Panel Adoption" on Friday, December 7.

Consumers who adopt solar panels can reduce their energy bills and thus lower the effective average electricity prices they pay. When the price falls, a solar consumer might consume more electricity than before – a solar rebound effect. We provide the first empirical evidence of solar panel rebound effects in residential electricity consumption in the U.S.. We use household level hourly and daily electricity meter data as well as hourly solar panel electricity generation data from 277 solar homes and about 4000 non-solar homes from 2013-2017 in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona. We rely on matching method and fixed effects panel regression to control for potential endogeneity issues of solar adoption. Results show that on average, when solar electricity generation increases by 1kWh, solar homes increase their total electricity consumption by 0.18kWh. We show both theoretically and empirically that this response to solar electricity generation should be equal to price elasticity of electricity consumption. At the average values of pre-solar electricity consumption and solar generation, rebound effects are estimated at 13% - 14%. We also find that consumers located in more liberal neighborhoods experience lower rebound effects, suggesting that environmental awareness plays a role. Building upon our theoretical framework, we estimate that the increase in consumer surplus from solar panel adoption is on average $1179/yr.

This talk is part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series featuring leading experts discussing a variety of pressing environmentally focused topics. This talk is also sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Sanford School for Public Policy.

Date & Time
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:50 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
Location
Grand Ballroom Salon H, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Remediation to Restoration
Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak during the session "Remediation to Restoration" on Thursday, December 6, at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). Olander, who leads a project on Gulf of Mexico restoration, will discuss Linking Restoration Impacts to Economic, Health, and Wellbeing Benefits for People in the Gulf of Mexico.
 
For more information on the workshop, visit the conference website. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #2018ACES.
Date & Time
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 5:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location
Grand Ballroom Salon H, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Quantifying the Health Benefits of Nature, Part 2
Sara Mason, policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak during the session "Quantifying the Health Benefits of Nature, Part 2" on Wednesday, December 5, at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). Mason will discuss Sanitation for and by Nature.
 
For more information on the workshop, visit the conference website. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #2018ACES.
Date & Time
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location
Grand Ballroom Salon C, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Getting to Why Ecosystem Services Matter before your Audience gets to ZZZZ
Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak during the session "Getting to Why Ecosystem Services Matter before your Audience gets to ZZZZ" on Wednesday, December 5, at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). As a session panelist, Olander will discuss recent efforts to improve communication about ecosystem services, including the incorporation of ecosystem services into curriculum, policy, and practice. Panelists will share their experiences and highlight some lessons learned. 
 
For more information on the workshop, visit the conference website. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #2018ACES.
Date & Time
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 2:15 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Location
Grand Ballroom Salon A, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Opportunities to Create, Report, and Use Natural Capital Accounts
Katie Warnell, policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak during the session "Opportunities to Create, Report, and Use Natural Capital Accounts" on Wednesday, December 5, at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). Warnell, who is one of the authors of a series on Ecosystem Services Conceptual Models, will discuss Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Natural Capital Accounting: Framework and Applications in the Southeastern U.S. 
 
For more information on the workshop, visit the conference website. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #2018ACES.
Date & Time
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Location
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Increasing Opportunities for Private Investment on Public Land

Martin Doyle, director of the Water Policy Program at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak during a town hall at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). Doyle will discuss Increasing Opportunities for Private Investment on Public Land. 

For more information on the workshop, visit the conference website. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #2018ACES.

Date & Time
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location
Washington, D.C.
ISO/RTO Perspectives on System Reliability and Resilience

Jennifer Chen, senior counsel for federal energy policy at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak at the Federal Energy Policy Summit on Wednesday, December 5. 

Chen will be a speaker on the panel, ISO/RTO Perspectives on System Reliability and Resilience, from 11 a.m. to noon ET in Washington, D.C. She and other panelists will discuss how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's efforts to study, define, and ultimately address system resiliency could initiate major changes in grid planning and investments. 

For more information, visit the event website.

Date & Time
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 10:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
Location
Grand Ballroom Salon B, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Building Capacity to Identify and Value Ecosystem Services
Lydia Olander, director of the Ecosystem Services Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak during the session "Building Capacity to Identify and Value Ecosystem Services" on Wednesday, December 5, at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). Olander, who is one of the authors of a series on Ecosystem Services Conceptual Models, will discuss Building Ecosystem Services Conceptual Models for Federal Decision-Making. 

For more information on the workshop, visit the conference website. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #2018ACES.

Date & Time
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
Mapping Pollination Services in the Southeast
Katie Warnell, policy associate at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will speak during the Pollinator Workshop on mapping pollination services in the Southeast on Monday, December 3, at the 2018 A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference (ACES). 
 
For more information on the workshop, visit the conference website. Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #2018ACES.

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