Author Archive: Diana Rotondo

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By July 26, 2017 Read More →

Reports

Shehabi, A.; Smith, S. J.; Sartor, D. A.; Brown, R. E.; Herrlin, M.; Koomey, J. G.; Masanet, E. R.; Horner, N.; Azevedo, I. L.; Lintner, W., United States Data Center Energy Usage Report. 2016.

Azevedo, I. L.;  Sonnberger, B.; Thomas, B.; Morgan, M. G., The Rebound Effect: Implications of Consumer …

By July 26, 2017 Read More →

Conference Proceedings

2016:

Horner, N.; Azevedo, I. L.; Sicker, D.; Agarwal, Y, Dynamic data center load response to variability in private and public electricity costs. IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid CommunicationsNovember 6-9, 2016, Sydney, Australia.

Tong, F. (speaker); Jaramillo, P.; Azevedo, I. L., Spatial analysis of air quality impacts …

By July 26, 2017 Read More →

Theses

2017:

Fisher, M. J., Integrating Demand-Side Resources into the Electric Grid: Economic and Environmental Considerations. Carnegie Mellon University. 

Glasgo, B., Assessing the feasibility of residential DC buildings. Carnegie Mellon University. 

Lam, L., Wind innovation in China and in the United States. Carnegie Mellon University. 

Welle, P., Remotely Sensed …

By July 26, 2017 Read More →

Book Chapters

Donahue, N. M.; Posner, L. N.; Westervelt, D. M.; Li, Z.;  Shrivastava, M.; Presto, A. A.; Sullivan, R. C.; Adams, P. J.; Pandis, S. N.; and Robinson, A. L., Where did this particle come from? Sources of particle number and mass for human exposure estimates. Issues in Environmental Science and

By July 21, 2017 Read More →

Journals – 2017

Abrahams, L. S.; Samaras, C.; Griffin, W. M.; Matthews, H. S., Effect of crude oil carbon accounting decisions on meeting global climate budgets. Environment Systems and Decisions 2017, 1-15. [Full Paper, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10669-017-9638-5]

Craig, M. T.; Jaramillo, P.; Zhai, H.; Klima, K., The Economic Merits of Flexible …

By June 5, 2017 Read More →

Statement By CEDM Directors

Through its many educational efforts and the work of its research centers, Carnegie Mellon University is a world leader on issues of energy, climate and air pollution.

As scientists who have dedicated ourselves to research on a wide range of issues related to energy and climate, we write to express …

By May 9, 2017 Read More →

8 May – “Incentivizing electric vehicles in the United States”

Date: 8 May 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Alan Jenn
Topic: Incentivizing electric vehicles in the United States

Abstract: Transportation accounts for 28% of total energy use and 26% of emissions in the US, as a result there has been a movement towards adopting battery electric …

By April 18, 2017 Read More →

Ines Azevedo was featured in WESA interview on electricity and carbon emissions in Pennsylvania

Ines Azevedo was featured in WESA interview on electricity and carbon emissions in Pennsylvania. Read and listen at http://wesa.fm/post/pa-electricity-generation-moving-away-coal-would-it-move-back-under-trump#stream/0

By April 17, 2017 Read More →

17 April – “Energy and Environment Science Policy Analysis at the IDA Science and Technology Institute”

Date: 17 April 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Science and Technology Policy Institute
Topic: Energy and Environment Science Policy Analysis at the IDA Science and Technology Institute

Abstract: The IDA Science and Technology Institute (STPI) is a Federally Funded Research and Development Center that conducts objective …

By April 12, 2017 Read More →

Azevedo and Samaras Quoted on US Drop in CO2 Emissions

Ines Azevedo and Costa Samaras were featured and quoted in two different articles on their recent findings on the U.S. Drop in CO2 Emissions. Read more at:

ClimateCentral.com

Power Sector Carbon Index shows big drop in CO2 emissions, but more needs to be done

NextPittsburgh

Electricity’s Carbon

By March 10, 2017 Read More →

6 April – “Climate, Air Quality and Health Implications of China’s Energy Future” – Denise Mauzerall

Date: 6 April 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Marquis Room, Scott Hall
Speaker: Denise Mauzerall
Topic: Climate, Air Quality and Health Implications of China’s Energy Future

Abstract:

As a result of rapid industrialization, China now frequently suffers from extremely high levels of health damaging fine particulate air pollution and agriculture damaging …

By March 10, 2017 Read More →

20 March – “Cross-validation of structured expert judgment: data from 2006-2015” – Roger Cooke

Date: 20 March 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Roger Cooke
Topic: Cross-validation of structured expert judgment: data from 2006-2015

Abstract: 33 expert judgment studies using calibration variables from the experts’ field were contracted in the period 2006-2015, whereby experts quantify their uncertainty on variables from their …

By March 10, 2017 Read More →

16 March – “Understanding the Value of Distributed Energy Resources: New Methods and Insights for Electricity Economics, Planning, and Operations” – Jesse Jenkins

Date: 16 March 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Jesse Jenkins
Topic: Understanding the Value of Distributed Energy Resources: New Methods and Insights for Electricity Economics, Planning, and Operations

Abstract: Distributed energy resources (DERs), including distributed generation, storage, and demand response, create new options for the provision …

By March 2, 2017 Read More →

“Viability of Using in Hydrocarbon Depleted Fractured Shale Formations for Geologic CO2 Storage” – Jeff Bielicki – 3 March

Date: 3 March 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Jeff Bielicki
Topic: Viability of Using in Hydrocarbon Depleted Fractured Shale Formations for Geologic CO2 Storage

Abstract:

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the largest unused byproducts of human activities, the emissions of which are accumulating in the …

By February 13, 2017 Read More →

Wall Street Journal Commentary Sections cites Lam, Branstetter, and Azevedo

“The Opinion|Commentary section of The Wall Street Journal highlights the results from Lam, Branstetter and Azevedo work published in ERL on China’s wind electricity: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-green-leap-forward-in-china-what-a-load-of-biomass-1486081133“…

By February 3, 2017 Read More →

22 February 2017 – CEDM/CEIC Seminar – Christopher Clack

Date: 22 February 2017
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Christopher Clack
Topic: The WIS:dom Optimization Model And Atmospheric Science To Inform Future Energy Pathways

Abstract:

The WIS:dom Optimization Model is the flagship software product from Vibrant Clean Energy, LLC. WIS:dom was built from the ground up to …

By February 3, 2017 Read More →

20 Feb 2017 – “Finding Common Ground When Experts Disagree: An Application to Publicly Funded Energy Technology R&D Portfolios” – Erin Baker

Date: 20 February 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Erin Baker
Topic: Finding Common Ground When Experts Disagree: An Application to Publicly Funded Energy Technology R&D Portfolios

Abstract:

Robust Portfolio Decision Analysis is a new approach to support decision making, especially public decision making, when there is …

By February 3, 2017 Read More →

13 February 2017 – “An analysis of technology differences in innovation patterns and its implications for low-carbon policy design” – Tobias Schmidt

Date: 13 February 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Tobais Schmidt
Topic: An analysis of technology differences in innovation patterns and its implications for low-carbon policy design

Abstract:

Technological change, particularly in the energy sector, is arguably the most important lever to address climate change. In order …

By January 18, 2017 Read More →

“Four energy systems analyses: cement, trade in air pollution deaths, super-polluting units, and the geophysical reliability of renewables” – Steve Davis – 30 January 2017

Date: 30 January 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Steve Davis
Topic: Four energy systems analyses: cement, trade in air pollution deaths, super-polluting units, and the geophysical reliability of renewables

Abstract:

Prof. Davis will present recent findings from four different projects related by their goal to quantify …

By January 17, 2017 Read More →

“Annual Fleet Fuel Study” – Michael Roeth – 1/20/17

Date: 20 January 2017
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Michael Roeth
Topic: Annual Fleet Fuel Study

Abstract:

Mike leads the North American Council for Freight Efficiency which is an unbiased, non-profit, that drives the acceleration of freight efficiency technologies.  The goal is to double the efficiency of …

By December 9, 2016 Read More →

“Marginal Costs of Water Savings from Cooling System Retrofits: A Case Study for Texas Power Plants”

“Marginal Costs of Water Savings from Cooling System Retrofits: A Case Study for Texas Power Plants” – A. Loew, P. Jaramillo, H. Zhai. Environmental Research Letters, 2016, 11:104004.…

By November 28, 2016 Read More →

“Can role-play with interactive models enhance climate knowledge, affect and intent to act?” – John Sterman – 11/29/16

Date: 29 November 2016
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Wean 3701 Conference Room
Speaker: John Sterman
Topic: Can role-play with interactive models enhance climate knowledge, affect and intent to act?

Abstract:

There is an urgent need for educational tools that offer scientifically rigorous information while motivating action on climate change. However, research …

By November 14, 2016 Read More →

“Spatial distribution and health impacts of pollution from electricity generation” – Juan Moreno Cruz – 11/28/16

Date: 28 November 2016
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Baker Hall 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Juan Moreno Cruz
Topic: Spatial distribution and health impacts of pollution from electricity generation

Seminar Announcement

Abstract:

We examine how changes in the electricity system redistributes environmental and health impacts across space. We exploit electricity system congestion …

By November 9, 2016 Read More →

“Quantifying Sources of Uncertainty in Reanalysis Derived Wind Speed”

“Quantifying Sources of Uncertainty in Reanalysis Derived Wind Speed” – S. Rose, J. Apt. Renewable Energy, 94: 157-165. [Full Paper]

By October 9, 2016 Read More →

“Consumptive Water Use from Electricity Generation in the Southwest under Alternative Climate, Policy, and Technology Pathways”

“Consumptive Water Use from Electricity Generation in the Southwest under Alternative Climate, Policy, and Technology Pathways” – S. Talati, H. Zhai, P. Kyle, M.G. Morgan, P. Patel, and L. Liu, Environmental Science & Technology, 50 (22) 12095-12104, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01389…

By October 5, 2016 Read More →

Travis Carless Wins SRA-EISG Student Merit Award

Travis Carless has been selected as the winner for the SRA-EISG Student Merit Award based on his extended abstract and video. He will be presenting this work at the SRA conference this year in San Diego. For those interested the video can be seen on youtube at: https://youtu.be/6YUATY7hInk

By September 27, 2016 Read More →

“Measuring a fair and ambitious climate agreement using cumulative emissions” – Glen Peters – 10/18/16

Date: 18 October 2016
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Wean Hall 3701 Conference Room
Speaker: Glen Peters
Topic: Measuring a fair and ambitious climate agreement using cumulative emissions

Seminar Announcement

Abstract:

Policy makers have called for a ‘fair and ambitious’ global climate agreement. Scientific constraints, such as the allowable carbon emissions to …

By September 9, 2016 Read More →

“Alternative fuel vehicle adoption increases fleet gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions under United States corporate average fuel economy policy and greenhouse gas emissions standards”

“Alternative fuel vehicle adoption increases fleet gasoline consumption and greenhouse gas emissions under United States corporate average fuel economy policy and greenhouse gas emissions standards” – A. Jenn, I.L. Azevedo, J.J. Michalek. Environmental Science & Technology (2016) v50 n5 p.2165-2174. [Full Paper]…

By August 9, 2016 Read More →

“Thermal Hydrogen: An Emissions Free Hydrocarbon Economy” – Jared Moore – 9/26/16

Date: 26 September 2016
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Wean Hall 3701 Conference Room
Speaker: Jared Moore
Topic: Thermal Hydrogen: An Emissions Free Hydrocarbon Economy

Seminar Announcement

Abstract:

Thermal Hydrogen is an emissions free energy system where hydrogen is produced from water splitting and the residual oxygen utilized to produce electricity or …

By July 27, 2016 Read More →

SUCCEED 2016 Comes to a Close

Michael Craig, Ken Sears, and Lauren Cook worked hard to run a superb program. They recruited more students than have ever taken part in SUCCEED – 17 girls and 7 boys – and 10 teachers. They curated all the lesson plans that have been used in SUCCEED in previous years. …

By July 24, 2016 Read More →

Journals – 2016

Alqahtani, B. J.; Holt, K. M.; Patino-Echeverri, D.; Pratson, L., Residential Solar PV Systems in the Carolinas: Opportunities and Outcomes. Environmental Science & Technology 2016, 50 (4), 2082-2091. [Full Paper, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b04857]

Alqahtani, B. J.; Patino-Echeverri, D., Integrated Solar Combined Cycle Power Plants: Paving the way for thermal …

By July 19, 2016 Read More →

RESEARCHERS STUDY WHETHER RENEWABLE IS ALWAYS BETTER

The study by Daniel Posen, Paulina Jaramillo and Michael Griffin in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP), was published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology and featured on the Front Page of the Carnegie Mellon University homepage. From their article:

“Making plastics from plants is a …

By June 20, 2016 Read More →

Parth Vaishnav Featured in Aviation Week & Space Technology

“In September 2013, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) declared that it would vote on a global market-based mechanism (MBM) to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from international aviation in 2016 and implement it by 2020. This March, two years after it began considering an extraordinarily complicated strawman proposal, ICAO published …

By June 18, 2016 Read More →

Rubin Headlines in Spain

La Vanguardia, one of the largest newspapers in Barcelona, featured Dr. Ed Rubin in their paper on June 18, 2016 after giving a public lecture in the city on Climate Change and Innovation. He was later featured in another newspaper called Ara which serves the Catalonia region of Spain. You …

By May 15, 2016 Read More →

Dr. Ines Azevedo, Energy Pathways, Policies and Decisions, Carnegie Mellon Energy Week 2016

Dr. Ines Azevedo, Associate Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Co-Director, Climate and Energy Decision Making Center, Carnegie Mellon University provides an “Andy Talk” (20 minutes or less) on Energy Pathways, Policies, and Decisions during Carnegie Mellon’s Energy Week 2016.

Watch the video here.…

By May 5, 2016 Read More →

“Assessment in a changing climate: IPCC AR5 and beyond” – Katharine Mach – 5/6/16

Date: 5/6/16
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Wean Hall 3701 Conference Room
Speaker: Katharine Mach
Topic: Assessment in a changing climate: IPCC AR5 and beyond

Seminar Announcement

Abstract:

Climate change assessment by the IPCC and many others has definitively taken stock of the climate problem: unequivocal warming, widespread observed impacts, and serious …

By May 5, 2016 Read More →

“Electoral Backlash Against Climate Policy: A Natural Experiment on Retrospective Voting and Local Resistance to Public Policy” – Leah Stokes – 5/2/16

Date: 5/2/16
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Wean Hall 3701 Conference Room
Speaker: Leah Stokes
Topic: Electoral Backlash Against Climate Policy: A Natural Experiment on Retrospective Voting and Local Resistance to Public Policy

Seminar Announcement

Abstract:

Retrospective voting studies typically examine policies where the public has common interests. By contrast, climate policy …

By April 20, 2016 Read More →

The National Academies post video featuring Ines Azevedo

Panel on Issues, Methods, and Approaches for Characterizing and Communicating Risk in Climate Assessment. Watch the video here.…

By February 6, 2016 Read More →

Workshop on Identifying and Avoiding Potential Dead Ends and Missed Opportunities in Climate Policy

February 4th and 5th, AAAS Building, Washington DC

The Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making (CEDM) organized a Theory and Methods workshop on “Identifying and Avoiding Potential Dead Ends and Missed Opportunities in Climate Policy” on Feb 4-5 in Washington, DC. The workshop drew 31 participants from government, academia, …

By July 21, 2015 Read More →

Journals – 2015

Abdulla, A.; Morgan, M. G., Nuclear Power for the Developing World. Issues in Science and Technology 2015, 31 (2), 55-61. [Full Paper]

Abrahams, L. S.; Griffin, W. M.; Matthews, H. S., Assessment of policies to reduce core forest fragmentation from Marcellus shale development in Pennsylvania. Ecological Indicators 2015,

By July 19, 2014 Read More →

Journals – 2014

Azevedo, I. L., Consumer End-Use Energy Efficiency and Rebound Effects. Annual Reviews of Environment and Resources 2014, 39 (393-418). [Full Paper, doi: 10.1146/annurev-environ-021913-153558]

Bandyopadhyay, R.; Patiño-Echeverri, D., Alternative Energy Storage for Wind Power: Coal Plants with Amine-based CCS. Energy Procedia 2014, 63, 7337-7348. [Full Paper, …

By July 17, 2013 Read More →

Journals – 2013

Abdulla, A.; Azevedo, I. L.; Morgan, M. G., Expert Assessments of the Cost of Light Water Small Modular Reactors. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 2013, 110 (24), 9686-9691. [Full Paper, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1300195110]

Apt, J., Preface to the Special Issue on Energy Modeling. Socio-Economic Planning

By July 13, 2012 Read More →

Journals – 2012

Baptista, P. C.; Azevedo, I. L.; Farias, T. L., ICT Solutions in Transportation Systems: Estimating the Benefits and Environmental Impacts in Lisbon. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences 2012, 54, 716-725. [Full Paper, doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.09.789]

Changala, D.; Dworkin, M.; Apt, J.; Jaramillo, P., Comparative Analysis of Conventional Oil and …

By July 12, 2011 Read More →

Journals – 2011

Apt, J.; Hendrickson, C. T.; Morgan, M. G., Lester Lave, Visionary Economist. Environment Science & Technology 2011, 45 (13), 5457-5458. [Full Paper, doi:10.1021/es201635e]

Apt, J.; Peterson, S. B.; Whitacre, J. F., Battery Vehicles Reduce CO2 Emissions. Science 2011, 333 (6044), 823-823. [Full Paper, doi: 10.1126/science.333.6044.823-a]…

By July 12, 2010 Read More →

Journals – 2010

Fleishman, L. A.; de Bruin, W. B.; Morgan, M. G., Informed Public Preferences for Electricity Portfolios with CCS and Other Low-Carbon Technologies. Risk Analysis 2010, 30 (9), 1399-1410. [Full Paper, doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2010.01436.x]

Gilmore, E. A.; Adams, P. J.; Lave, L. B., Using Backup Generators for Meeting Peak Electricity …