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If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing. Ben Franklin
This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it. Thomas Jefferson
My heart is in the work.Andrew Carnegie


Energy Bite Episodes

You can listen to me (and other researchers) explain important energy topics in 60 seconds or less at EnergyBite, which airs on WESA every Friday. I created episodes 178-182:

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Does information and communication technology (ICT) save energy?

October 10, 2016

You might reasonably think that working from home saves energy compared to commuting to an office, or that buying online uses less energy than purchasing from a local store. It turns out, you might also reasonably think these ICT-enabled options use more energy. My recent review of dozens of studies on the net energy impact of ICT services found mixed results. The answer you get is highly dependent on the deployment details of the system and the higher-order "ripple" effects, which are very difficult to nail down.

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Decarbonization in the Brazilian energy sector

September 20, 2016

Benefitting from both natural resources and early energy policies, Brazil's energy system is singular in its level of decarbonization. Renewable resources constitute large percentages of both electricity (hydro) and transport (ethanol) sectors. A new paper in Foresight, written with colleagues at RAND and Brazil's Center for Strategic Studies and Management Science, Technology, and Innovation discusses recent stagnation vs. prospects for Brazil's continued decarbonization.

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Paper published on data center electricity metrics

June 7, 2016

My new paper, "Power usage effectiveness in data centers: overloaded and underachieving," summarizes the critiques of PUE, the de facto industry standard metric for energy efficiency in data centers. Many in the industry are well aware of the issues raised in the paper, but PUE continues to dominate the discussion in the trade press, corporate reporting, and data center energy-related policymaking. It's time to expand the suite of metrics we use--and make more performance data available to the research community.

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1st-place finish at 2015 USAEE Case Competition

October 27, 2015

My colleague, Erin Mayfield, and I won this year's case competition at the United States Association for Energy Economics North American conference held this year in Pittsburgh! Home court advantage? Nope, just some solid analysis of oil refinery economics.

As usual, a great conference. This year, the current low-price oil and gas environment took center stage.

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