UC Davis Energy News – September 2020

The monthly UC Davis Energy newsletter covers the university's energy-related research, education and events. You can read current and past newsletters below or subscribe to have it sent to your inbox.

FacebooktwittermailFacebooktwittermail

Welcome to the New Class of Energy Graduate Group Students

UC Davis welcomed its fourth class of Energy Graduate Group students. Orientation was a little different this year with students participating in 4 days of virtual discussions. Our 10 incoming students learned about the wide variety of energy related research and policy work being conducted at UC Davis and in the Sacramento/Bay area. [Meet the students]

Fall Energy Seminar Series Kicks Off

Starting October 9, we will host a weekly seminar with energy leaders from around the nation and world. Our first speaker is Dr. Lilo Pozzo from the University of Washington. She will be speaking on the Hurricane Maria Energy and Health Project. [Attend via Zoom]

Impact of Residential Heating System Electrification Varies Depending on U.S. Location

The Western Cooling Efficiency Center used annual energy simulations and marginal emissions rates for the electricity grid across the US to estimate the change in annual CO2 emissions for replacing a residential natural gas furnace with a heat pump (HP) that used either electric resistance or natural gas for backup heat. Researchers found that in regions of the US where marginal CO2 emissions are high, electrification with HPs may increase overall CO2 emissions and HPs with backup gas heat may have lower emissions compared to all electric HPs. Future investments in renewables on the electricity grid will improve CO2 emissions associated with electric HPs. [Read the report]

Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day and California Clean Air Day

Saving energy and clean air go hand in hand. October 7 is Energy Efficiency Day and California Clean Air Day. Find out simple actions you can take to make a difference today and every day. One way to celebrate is to join us for our Global Energy Managers Workshop (see below).  

Join Us Next Week at the Global Energy Managers Workshop

On October 7, 2020 UC Davis will host (virtually) the second Global Energy Managers Workshop, where facility managers, students, and faculty from around the world will meet to share and learn about energy-saving, cost management, and carbon reduction strategies. We will have speakers from NRDC, SCE, UC Berkeley, NAVFAC, the Danish Technical University, The Cooper Union and more. See our great speaker line up and register for free. [Event Website]

Upcoming Events

October 7, 2020
Online: Global Energy Managers Workshop
 
October 7, 2020
 
October 9, 2020
DrLilo Pozzo, University of Washington
 
October 16, 2020
Energy Seminar: What a Demand-Side Energy Transformation Entails for Ambition and Justice
DrNarasimha RaoYale University
 
October 23, 2020
Energy Seminar
Dr. Jack BrouwerUC Irvine
 
October 30, 2020
Energy Seminar
Dr. Kirsten Jenkins, University of Edinburg