MIT Energy Initiative director opposes US EPA proposal to weaken emission guidelines
MITEI's Director Robert Armstrong submitted a comment opposing the EPA's recent proposal to weaken emissions guidelines. In his letter, Armstrong stated the importance of regulating carbon dioxide as a major driver of climate change.
Why we can’t reverse climate change with ‘negative emissions’ technologies
MITEI Senior Research Engineer Howard Herzog explores the newest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in an article for The Conversation. Herzog discusses negative emissions, including carbon capture and storage technology, in relation to the IPCC’s recommendations to prevent catastrophic climate change.
A new way of thinking about deep decarbonization
Axios reporter Ben Geman writes that MIT researchers have found the most effective way to reduce emissions from electricity sources is to use a mix of renewable and other low-carbon tech options. "It's not about specific technologies. It's about those key roles that we need filled on the low-carbon team," explains study co-author Jesse Jenkins.
After Merrimack Valley explosions, more opposition to proposed compressor station in Weymouth
In a report for WBUR, Barbara Moran discusses how the recent Merrimack Valley natural gas explosions are adding to local concern over a proposed compressor station in Weymouth, where residents have been protesting construction. Moran interviews MITEI Director of Research Francis O’Sullivan, who explains how noise and pollution, in addition to safety, should factor into decisions concerning the station.
Mapping what it would take for a renaissance for nuclear energy
In an article for Ars Technica, reporter Megan Geuss explores the ways nuclear energy has been struggling — there’s little new reactor construction, and old reactors are shutting down following disasters like Fukushima. Citing MIT’s new nuclear energy study, she writes about how nuclear can overcome these challenges and play a vital role in decarbonization.
Calif. decarbonization may mean more gas exports as western markets seek balance
In an article for S&P Global, Sarah Smith and Ashleigh Cotting speak with MITEI director of research Francis O’Sullivan about the effects California’s proposed zero-emissions plan may have on western natural gas markets. O’Sullivan discusses electrification of heating, carbon-free power grids, and California’s unique climate problems.
Morning Energy newsletter: MIT tries to crack the nuclear nut — again
In Politico's Morning Energy newsletter, Kelsey Tamborrino writes about MIT's nuclear study and the potential new solutions it offers to reduce reactor cost, including emissions pricing, standardized designs, and passive safety technologies.
Generate newsletter: Nuclear revival needed for climate
Generate, a newsletter from Axios, discusses MIT's nuclear study and its conclusion that although nuclear power is necessary if we are to achieve deep decarbonization, cost reductions and increased policy support are required before that can occur. The bottom line, the newsletter explains, is that nuclear’s higher cost places a higher price overall on clean energy.
One secret to building affordable nuclear: stick with tried-and-true designs
MIT Technology Review
In an article for the MIT Technology Review, James Temple highlights MIT’s new nuclear study and its conclusion that without cost reductions, nuclear power can never reach its full potential. Temple notes that the report provides some possible solutions: building up a skilled labor force experienced with a particular kind of reactor design, establishing a reliable supply chain, and more.
Nuclear has to use climate crisis to justify high cost, MIT says
In an article for Bloomberg, Jonathan Tirone writes about MIT’s “landmark report” on nuclear energy, which finds that policy support for clean technologies and cost-reduction strategies such as emissions pricing are critical if nuclear is to play a role in fighting climate change.