News - Brian Murray

The “From Billions to Trillions” summit convened stakeholders at Duke University on Feb. 28 to create a shared vision for unleashing private capital for climate solutions. The summit featured public officials, business leaders, and Duke faculty sharing insights on how the influx of federal funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, CHIPS Act, and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will impact and stimulate private green investment.

Energy Pathways USA hosted a briefing about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s newly released power sector regulations on May 7. Nicholas Institute expert Tim Profeta, former EPA special counsel for the power sector and senior advisor, explained the new standards for existing coal and new gas-fired power plants, outlined the key implications and questions for U.S. decarbonization and answered attendee questions.

Following a national search, Duke faculty member Brian Murray has been appointed to a five-year term as the director of the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, effective immediately.

The 2023 Energy Data Analytics Symposium brought together more than 100 participants from academia, industry, government and nongovernmental organizations at Duke University in October 2023 to explore how artificial intelligence and other data science tools can help make energy systems more accessible, affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable.

Brian Murray, interim director of the Nicholas Institute, spoke with Business North Carolina about Duke Energy's transition away from coal-fired electricity generation and toward natural gas, and its eventual goals for solar and renewable capacity.

Federal officials and business leaders at a Duke University summit on Feb. 28 identified critical steps toward a low-carbon future. The full day of conversations drew nearly 500 people from the Duke community, the public and private sectors, nonprofit organizations and other academic institutions.

A new report released Wednesday by the Rhodium Group estimated that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fell 1.9 percent in 2023 compared to the previous year—even as the economy grew. Nicholas Institute experts Jackson Ewing and Brian Murray are available to speak on the policy implications of the report.

Modeling from Energy Pathways USA finds the two policies can combine to move the country closer to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, but complementary action is needed to reach the goal by 2050.

Returning for a second year and open to all Duke faculty and research staff, the Nicholas Institute is now accepting proposals for the 2024 round of Climate Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP) grants. A virtual information session will be held on Dec. 12 for anyone interested in learning more about CRISP and the application process. Grant proposals are due by Feb. 26, 2024.

Toddi Steelman, Duke’s vice president and vice provost for climate and sustainability, will travel to Singapore and China from Nov. 6–18 to meet with Duke partners to discuss climate and sustainability efforts. Duke representatives joining Steelman for the Duke International Forum on Nov. 17 include Nicholas Institute experts Brian Murray, Jackson Ewing, Jonathan Phillips and Elizabeth Losos.