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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.”

Dialogue Series Sets Internet of Water in Motion

Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Aspen Institute partnered with the Redstone Strategy Group to convene a dialogue series in 2016 and 2017. The goal: to formulate a national digital water data and information policy framework for sharing, integrating, and disseminating public data to characterize and forecast the quantity, quality, and uses of water across the United States, writes CleanTechnica.

Where are the Jobs being Created in Clean Energy?

Wind, solar and other clean-energy technologies are sustaining millions of jobs and adding them faster than legacy energy providers. Brian Murray, the director of the Environmental Economics Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, discusses the trend with CBS News.

Global Alliance Releases New Tools to Guide Evidence-based Solutions Across Health, Development, and Environment

The Bridge Collaborative, a global alliance of 90 organizations from 23 countries, today released two new tools to assist decision-makers solving big challenges facing health, development, and the environment. The Bridge Collaborative Practitioner’s Guide on Principles and Guidance for Cross-sector Action Planning and Evidence Evaluation and the policy-focused Call to Action for Health, Environment, and Development Leaders were developed to accelerate progress toward building a shared, cross-sector evidence base that informs strategies, shapes policies, and directs funding decisions to achieve concrete solutions.

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