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Utilities in some states are proposing new natural gas plants to keep up with rising electricity demand. “I can’t recall the last time I was so alarmed about the country’s energy trajectory,” Tyler Norris, a power systems expert and PhD student at the Nicholas School of the Environment told The New York Times. Norris wrote a policy brief last year that provides an example of an innovative regulatory solution that could push utilities toward clean energy sources.

The Department of Energy and others are looking to the "connect and manage" process employed by Texas grid operator ERCOT to connect energy generators to the grid more quickly. Tyler Norris, a Ph.D. student at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, talked with Utility Dive about his Nicholas Institute policy brief exploring how lessons from ERCOT's experience could influence interconnection reform across the country.

At the eighth annual Energy Week at Duke, experts across diverse sectors shared insights on the global transition to clean energy. Hundreds of students, faculty, professionals and community members took part in the event series, which included a one-day conference in addition to panel discussions, a field trip, a business case competition and more.

During Energy Week at Duke (Nov. 6-10, 2023), members of the university community will explore strategies for swiftly advancing an equitable clean energy transition. Organized by Duke students from diverse undergraduate and graduate degree programs, this year’s Energy Week events feature insights from industry and community leaders along with opportunities to compete, network and share ideas.

The new Office of Climate and Sustainability brings together several of Duke University's climate, energy, and environmental assets—including the Nicholas Institute—to help advance the mission of the Duke Climate Commitment.

ERCOT is connecting power generators in Texas faster than any other electricity market in the country. In this episode of the Catalyst podcast, Tyler Norris, a Ph.D. student at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, talks about his recently published policy brief on how the United States could reform its interconnection process, applying lessons from ERCOT.

Texas grid operator ERCOT is enabling rapid growth in solar and wind capacity through an interconnection process known as “connect and manage.” Tyler Norris, a Ph.D. student at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, spoke to PV Magazine about his recent Nicholas Institute policy brief exploring how that approach could be applied across the rest of the United States.

Utilities in the Carolinas have turned to fossil fuels to meet a surge in energy demand as temperatures have soared this summer. “The key really is which resources are dispatchable," Brian Murray, interim director of the Nicholas Institute, told The News & Observer. In the future, solar and battery storage could fill the role that fossil fuels now play in meeting that need, he said.

While the Inflation Reduction Act will bring more wind and solar power online, a set of forthcoming EPA rules holds the most potential to hasten coal retirements in the US by 2030, Brian Murray, interim Nicholas Institute director told E&E News.

Over $36 million in initial gifts will launch the Duke Climate Commitment, a new university-wide initiative focused on addressing climate change.