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April 2012 
University of Michigan Energy Institute's 
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CNN Opinion: U-M economist says don't blame high gas prices on speculators

Gas Pumps for webIn a CNN commentary, U-M Economist and Energy Institute Affiliate Lutz Kilian writes that there is no evidence that rising crude oil prices were caused by market manipulation and there is no reason to expect increased oversight to lower gas prices.  

Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project appoints 2012-'13 Advisory Board

Phoenix_color no txt v3The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project has named experts in the nuclear sciences as members of its new Advisory Board to implement future initiatives for this historic, U-M World War II memorial program that supports research and activities related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. 

Supermileage team aims to break fuel barriers

supermileage-2012-4-hiresCan a car really get 3,300 miles per gallon? The U-M's Supermileage Team aims to find out. The team will compete in an event that challenges participants to design and construct a single-person, fuel-efficient vehicle with a small, four-stroke engine.

WEMU: The challenges of biofuels

DeCicco for webThe Energy Institute's John DeCicco, left, explores the challenges of biofuels as a sustainable, affordable source of clean energy. Listen to the radio interview with the UMEI research professor, who appeared as a special guest on WEMU's  "Issues of the Environment" program. 

Crain's: Bright spots in the solar industry

Sun ThumbBusiness leaders and such experts as U-M VP for Research Stephen Forrest, an Energy Institute faculty affiliate, explore the prospects for success in the turbulent solar power industry.

EPA, DoE recognize U-M power plants for emissions avoidance

PlanetBlueLogo_0112Advanced technology, and the use of natural gas and other operational efficiencies at the U-M's two campus power plants have resulted in the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy formally recognizing the facilities for their avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions in 2011.

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