Category: ISE News

ISE Annual Briefing Presentations – October 19-20, 2017

ISE’s inaugural Annual Briefing was held at 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston on October 19th – 20th, 2017.  Presentations and discussions focused on defining the opportunities for progress in decarbonization of the electric grid, emissions reductions in buildings and in transportation, and water. Attendees learned about the applied research projects that the Institute for Sustainable Energy is pursuing, […]

ISE Annual Mini-Retreat: 11/8/17

Over forty staff and other ISE participants within BU attended the second annual mini-retreat on November 8th.  Much of the discussion focused on opportunities ahead, based on an inspiring presentation by Eric Toone, Executive Managing Director and Science Lead of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, and a detailed overview of the current status of federal funding by […]

Perspective: Navigating an Uncertain Future for US Roads

Originally published by John Paul Helveston on Issues in Science & Technology. The last time the automotive industry in the United States experienced rapid technological change was more than a century ago. In 1900, the industry (whose primary competitor was the horse) comprised 40% steam-powered, 38% electric-powered, and 22% gasoline-powered vehicles. After the advent of mass-production, made famous by […]

Vehicle Electrification in China: Preferences, Policy, and Technology Trajectories

Harvard Kennedy School Energy Policy Seminar Series, Fall 2017 By Louisa Lund, Program Director, Consortium for Energy Policy Research In the past few years, China has become the world’s biggest market for electric vehicles. At the same time, independent Chinese companies have come to dominate plug-in electric vehicle sales within China. In the Energy Policy […]

Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island Comes of Age

By Philip Warburg At a time when President Trump and his followers in Congress are hell-bent on dismantling the clean energy architecture of the Obama era, many Americans are looking beyond Washington, and even abroad, for solutions to our climate crisis. I recently witnessed one of these transformative gems on a visit to the Danish island […]

ISE Director Peter Fox-Penner On Clean Energy Projects, Research & More

Peter Fox-Penner is a Professor of Practice in the Questrom School of Business and the Director of Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. His research and writing interests are in the areas of electric power strategy, regulation, and governance; energy and climate policy; and the relationships between public and private economic activity, including corporate social responsibility. BU Alumni caught up […]

A Clean, Green Energy Future: A Closer Look at ISE’s Current Projects

A recent expose in Questrom School of Business Magazine, Everett, explores the intersection of alternative energy and business.  Featuring the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Everett takes a close up look at several of the Institute’s current projects, including how the City of Boston can become carbon neutral by 2050. Read the full article here.

DC welcomes BU Institute for Sustainable Energy

  On Tuesday, April 25th the Institute for Sustainable Energy and BU’s Federal Relations office co-hosted a Washington DC reception overlooking the nation’s Capitol to introduce policymakers to ISE. Boston University President Robert A. Brown, ISE Director Peter Fox-Penner, and ISE Senior Fellow Dorothy Robyn addressed more than 65 federal, private sector, and academic officials gathered […]

Two Reports Analyzing US Department of Defense and Federal Energy Management Co-Authored by ISE Senior Fellow, Dorothy Robyn

Dr. Dorothy Robyn, a Washington DC-based ISE Non-Resident Senior Fellow, specializes in energy resiliency of US military bases.  She is the former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment where she oversaw $850 billion portfolio that included 300,00 buildings and 28 million acres of land.  Most recently, Dr. Robyn served as the Commissioner […]