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Ewing to Lead Research, Educational Outreach for iMEP Program

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3 Ways the Course of Water Sustainability Changed in 2017

In Greenbiz, Will Sarni writes that the word of the year in the world of water is digital. Digital technologies are gaining ground in the water sector and addressing a range of issues. Adoption of digital technologies is accompanied by an increased recognition that access to water data and analytics is essential to better inform public policies and business decisions. He notes that efforts to improve access to water data and actionable information is gaining support, mentioning the "Internet of Water" report by the Aspen Institute and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions that makes this case. 

Carbon Pricing Structure, Revenue Concerns Raised at Albany Meeting ($)

Key energy stakeholders explored the potential ramifications of an innovative proposal to place a price on carbon emissions in the electric sector, discussing ways to address imports into the state and how to divvy up potential revenues. New York's independent grid operator and utility regulator co-hosted the technical discussion at the Empire State Plaza December 11. Representatives from large energy consumers, environmental groups, state policymakers, public power authorities and in-state and out-of-state electric generators tried to establish principles for how revenue raised by a price on carbon could be used. This article in PoliticPro quotes Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Climate and Energy Program director Kate Konschnik.

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Phillips Named to Lead New Energy Access Project

DURHAM, N.C. -- Jonathan Phillips, formerly the senior advisor to the president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, has been named director of the Energy Access Project at Duke University. This new research and policy effort aims to address the challenges around increasing access to modern energy solutions to underserved populations around the world.

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New Duke Project to Address Energy Needs of World's Poor

Duke University is launching a project focused on developing new and collaborative ways to meet the energy needs of some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities, President Vincent E. Price announced Wednesday. The Energy Access Project was established by a $1.5 million gift from Jim Rogers, former CEO and chairman of the board for the electric utility company Duke Energy, and his wife, M.A. Rogers. 

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Eight Faculty Groups are Awarded 2018 Intellectual Community Planning Grants

Three Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions researchers are among the recipients of Duke University Intellectual Community Planning Grants. This funding will be used by these researchers—Kay Jowers, John Virdin and Steve Roady—to explore environmental and economic justice in rural America as well as governing the oceans for nutrition and food security.

From a Doctor-Turned-Mathematician to an Art Historian Teaching Politics, Meet Some of Duke's Newest Faculty

The Chronicle writes that in the fall semester, Duke welcomed many new faculty members from a number of fields. Among them, Steve Roady, a professor of the practice of law at Duke Law School and a faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. 

Can Regional Competitive Wholesale Markets for Electricity Function alongside State Energy Policies?

As states have increasingly moved to implement state-specific energy policies, tensions have grown between these states and the regional wholesale electricity markets that serve them. Although regional transmission organizations (RTOs) oversee the markets and manage the electricity grid, states’ right to pursue certain energy policies—such as renewable portfolio standards and tax incentives for preferred generation resources—is raising fundamental questions.

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Is An 'Open Internet' Needed For Water Data?

Water Online reports that researchers at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Aspen Institute are trying to improve the availability of water quality data by proposing an “open internet of water.”

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